Anthony ""Tony"" F. Ogonis Sr., 92, formerly of Shelburne Road, died Thursday (4-4-13) at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke.
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He was born on Sept. 1, 1920 in Greenfield, the son of Michael and Edna (Molise) Ogonis.
Tony graduated from Greenfield High School and Stockbridge School of Agriculture in 1941. He valued education and proudly was recognized at UMass at a recent event for WWII veterans.
He was a WWII Navy veteran aviation machinist mate serving in Jacksonville, Fla.; Quonset Point, R.I., Oceania Naval Station in Virginia Beach, Va., and Martha's Vineyard.
Following his military service, he was employed at the Montague Machine Co. in Turners Falls, until his retirement, 38 years later.
Anthony enjoyed gardening and took great pride in his property. He also loved being asked for advice about plantings and procedures for agricultural products. Anthony was an avid reader.
His wife, Rose Czuj Ogonis, predeceased him in July 2003. They had shared 58 years together before her passing.
He is survived by a son, Anthony F. Ogonis Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Westfield. He was the proud grandfather of two granddaughters, Christyna Ogonis Vincent and her husband Ross Vincent of New York City and Julie Ogonis of Washington D.C. and Westfield.
He was also predeceased by two siblings: his sister, Edna Ogonis Milkey, and his brother, Walter Ogonis.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday (4-10-13) at 9:45 a.m. at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal St., followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 at Holy Trinity Church, 133 Main St., with Monsignor Ronald J. Yargeau, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery in Turners Falls.
There will be a calling hour on Wednesday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301 or to the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA 01040.
Sympathy message available at: www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.
Published in The Recorder on Apr. 6, 2013