HATFIELD - John F. Kovalski Jr., 81, passed away Nov. 4, 2012, at the Calvin Coolidge Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility.
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Born June 5, 1931, in Hatfield, he was the son of the late John F. Kovalski, Sr. and Helen (Penkoski) Kovalski.
John was educated in Hatfield Schools. He married Dolores J. Wysocki on June 8, 1957 and they lived in Hatfield all their married life, where he worked for Meyer & Mendlesohn Farming.
He was a Corporal in the U.S. Army from July 1952 until his honorable discharge on June 15, 1954. After the military he was employed as a machinist at the former Acme Chain Company in Holyoke along with his father and brother Charles.
John was a member of the Hatfield American Legion Post 344. He was an avid weekly pitch player at the American Legion up until the time of his illness. He and his wife Dolly spent their early married life visiting Amish Country in Pennsylvania as well as making weekly tag sale trips along the Mohawk Trail. He also enjoyed their poodles. His last poodle was Jilly, who predeceased John and his wife Dolly.
He is survived by his sister, Rose Mulherin and her husband Joseph; his brother, Robert Kovalski of Hatfield; his brother-in-law, Anthony Wysocki and his wife Genevieve, of Vero Beach, Fla., as well as nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
John was predeceased by his wife, Dolores, on Aug. 6, 2012 and by his brother and sister in-law, Charles and Constance Kovalski, in 2004.
The family would like to thank the administrative and nursing personnel who cared for John and Dolores during their stay at the Calvin Coolidge Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility. A special thank you to Hospice within the nursing home who attended to his final needs with prayers, socializing and by just being with him on a daily basis.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10:15 a.m. from the Wrisley Funeral Home, followed by a Liturgy of Christian burial at 11 a.m. in Holy Family Church, with Rev. Fr. Philippe Roux, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery with Military Honors. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.
Donations in John's memory can be made to the
, Western Mass Region, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Expressions of Sympathy available at www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com.
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90 Sugarloaf Street
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Nov. 8, 2012