HOLYOKE – Adele Marion (Zdebski) Kapelewski, 101, formerly of Easthampton, Chicopee, and Orange Street, West Springfield, died peacefully Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Mount Saint Vincent Nursing Home.
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She was born Oct. 20, 1912, in Poland, and was the daughter of John and Valeria (Palys) Zdebski. Adele came to America with her parents and arrived June 19, 1913, in New York, and was naturalized as an American citizen June 18, 1942.
Adele lived with her family in Chicopee, at 16 she then moved to Easthampton to work at the former Hampton Mills while attending beauty school. She became a hairdresser and worked in Springfield, from 1934 to 1978 for Bertha Snyder Beauty Shop.
She was married to the late Charles Kapelewski Sept. 11, 1937, and they together celebrated 68 years of marriage together until his death Jan. 25, 2005.
Adele was a communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Springfield from 1945 to 2012. While Charlie and Adele were never blessed with children of their own, they both enjoyed activities with children. Charlie coached Little League baseball in West Springfield, and Adele enjoyed activities with her nieces and nephews and later with her grandnieces and nephews. She filled her spare time with delicate handwork of embroidery and crochet as well as more ambitious projects of furniture upholstery. Adele and Charlie traveled extensively in the United States as well as internationally, including a trip to Poland. They loved their home in West Springfield, and enjoyed gardening.
She is survived by nieces and nephews Pat Foley of Amherst, Rosalie Dubsky and her husband Richard of Auburn, and Northport, Florida, Richard Misiewicz of Venice, Florida, JoAnn Allyn of Napa, California, and Irene Wawrzyniak of Bloomfield, Connecticut; two cousins, Irene Dachowski of Chicopee, and Stacia Jarocki of Easthampton; along with several great-nieces and nephews; and several great-great-nieces and nephews.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 27, at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 33 Adams St., followed by burial at Saint Stanislaus Cemetery both in Easthampton. A calling hour will be held prior to the service from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 18 Adams St., Easthampton, whom has been entrusted with providing for Adele's care and services.
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Graham Funeral Home
18 Adams Street Easthampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 26, 2014