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EASTHAMPTON - Wallace W. Krumpholz, 82, of Dalton and Easthampton, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the Health Park Medical Center in Fort Meyers, Fla.
He was born in Northampton, April 21, 1930, the son of the late William and Jessie (Wallace) Krumpholz. He was a graduate of the Easthampton High School and had completed several advance coursework programs for electricians.
Wallace was a Korean War U.S. Army veteran, serving with the 990th Signal Company. He had been a 59-year employee of Northeast Utilities Co., as a substation supervisor.
All who knew Wallace understood that his greatest love in life was working at his job. Wallace viewed his job as extremely important because "he worked for the people of western Mass." and his primary goal was to keep the lights on and the power flowing. Wallace believed you only get one shot in life, and therefore you might as well be happy. He was known to whistle and sing in the garage on his way in to his office and his crew knew they were going to have a good day because the boss was happy. Wallace begrudgingly retired in 2007.
Wallace was member of First Congregational Church in Dalton. He was a member of the American Legion Post 155 in Dalton.
Wallace leaves his loving wife of 23 years, Carol Ann (Stolarski) Krumpholz, and had been predeceased by his first loving wife, Ann (Harlow), in 1985. Wallace is also survived by his beloved children, Wallace H. Krumpholz and his wife, Kate, of Walpole, Lori B. Cone and her husband, James, of Dalton, and Gail A. Krumpholz of Pittsfield; his beloved stepsons, Kevin J. Krumpholz and his wife, Brenda, of Florence, and Brian K. Krumpholz of Easthampton; his adored grandchildren William, Marshall, Kristen, Grant, Clark, Amanda, Kyla, Jacob, Samantha, Chelsea, Patrick, Mariah and Jonathan; and his many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was predeceased by his siblings Jessie Zagrodnik, Dawn Friedrich and William Krumpholz.
Funeral service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Easthampton Congregational Church, to be followed by burial in the Brookside Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 17 Clark St., Easthampton, MA 01027. Memorial gifts can be made to Dakin Animal Shelter, 163 Montague Road, Leverett.
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 24, 2012