WHATELY – Joseph Frank Mieczkowski, Jr., 95, of Whately, passed away peacefully Friday, March 7, 2014, at Calvin Coolidge Nursing Home.
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He was born Feb. 7, 1919, in Sunderland, to the late Joseph, Sr., and Mary (Trybala) Mieczkowski.
Joseph had attended Sunderland schools, and in 1941 married the late Helen (Maiewski) Mieczkowski, who passed away in 2002.
Joseph was an extremely hard worker his whole life, he was the sole crane operator for the construction of the Mt. Tom Power Plant located on the Northampton/Holyoke line. This tower is seen by anyone traveling on Route 91 as it sits at 163 feet high. Following that, he was also instrumental in the construction of Interstate Route 91 in Massachusetts and Vermont during President Eisenhower's Inter Regional Highway Plan. During his career he had worked at B & M and Warner Brother's Construction Companies and ended his construction career by serving for many years as the town of Whately's Highway Superintendent. He also designed and constructed the town of Whately's first subdivision which is named Mieczkowski Circle and served the town of Whately as a police officer.
He enjoyed traveling, camping, and his winter trips to Florida after his retirement. But most of all he enjoyed his family and arriving to family events in his golf cart. He was a communicant of Holy Name of Jesus Church in South Deerfield.
He is survived by his son Joseph, III, and his wife Michele of Whately; his daughters Cathy Robert and her husband Tom of Granby, and Donna O'Neil and her husband Dennis of Whately; grandchildren Robert, Jr., and Lisa Slysz, Henry, III, and Kevin Komosa, and Jaclyn, Ariel and Justin Mieczkowski; great-grandchildren Tara, Robert, III, and Nataly Slysz; also several nieces and nephews.
Besides his loving wife Helen, Joseph was also predeceased by his daughter Elaine Slysz in 2010, son-in-law Robert Slysz in 2013, and his brothers Stanley Mitchkoski and Edward Mieczkowski.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joseph's memory may be made to Whately Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 802, Whately, MA 01093.
Services will be private and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 12, 2014