TURNERS FALLS - Veronica "Vera" E. (Bakula) Krol, 92, of Marshall Street, died peacefully Sunday (5-4-14) at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield.
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She was born in Colrain on Sept. 27, 1921, the daughter of Frank and Eleanora (Kordall) Bakula. She attended local schools in Montague and was a graduate of Turners Falls High School, Class of 1939.
Vera served in the United States Navy during World War II.
She was married to her beloved husband, Henry "Peewee" J. Krol, in August of 1945, who predeceased her on Sept. 11, 2001.
Vera was a printer girl at the Erving Paper Mill for 24 years before her retirement in 1984.
She was a faithful and lifelong member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Turners Falls.
She loved and enjoyed the company of her family, friends and neighbors. All were always welcome at Vera's house for a meal. She was a terrific dancer, especially when partnered with her cousin, Walter Kovalsick. Vera spent many evening hours with a needle in her hand, and there are many homes that are graced with her crocheted afghans, bedspreads and embroidered works of art. She loved all sports and was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and all Turners Falls High School Sports Teams.
Among her survivors, Vera leaves a son, Lewis J. Krol and his wife Carol of Ashfield; three daughters, Valera J. Krol Nicholas and her husband Ned of New Ipswich, NH, Cina R. Brunelle and her husband Roddy of Montague and Nora J. McAuliffe and her husband Michael of Turners Falls; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, her only surviving sibling, Edith "Yadja" Bourbeau of Montague, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and loving neighbors.
Besides her husband, Veronica was predeceased by her brothers, Frank, Walter and Dominic Bakula, and her sisters, Helena Poklodak and Genevieve (Ginka) Tusinski.
Vera's family would like to extend their heartfelt, humble gratitude to Karen Harrington, our sister in love, for her many years of loving care, devotion and friendship to our mother. Also, a special thank you to Hospice of Franklin County and to the staff at Charlene Manor for their care and compassion shown to Vera during her time there. We would also like to thank Vera's neighbors and caring people of the community for the many acts of kindness given to our mother throughout her elder years.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Friday (5-9-14) at 1pm at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 84 K Street, Turners Falls with the Rev. Charles J. DiMascola, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
Calling hours will be held Friday from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 1 Kostanski Square, Turners Falls.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Our Lady of Czestochowa Renovation Fund, 84 K Street, Turners Falls, Ma 01376 or to the Turners Falls Booster Club, 222 Turnpike Road, Turners Falls, MA 01376. Sympathy message available at:
Kostanski Funeral Home
1 Kostanski Square
Turners Falls, MA 01376
Published in The Recorder on May 6, 2014