Lena J. (Gesiorek) Garbiel, 86 of Garbiel Farms in Montague, also known as "Auntie Lena," "Ciocia Honey" passed peacefully at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with her family by her side on August 8, 2014.
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Born in Northampton, She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Wanczyk) Gesiorek.
Lena was educated in the Northampton Schools and graduated in 1948.
Lena met the love of her life, Walter Garbiel at a Polish Dance Hall. On December 21, 1949, she married Walter at the St. Valentines Church in Northampton.
Lena enjoyed being a farmer's wife. She provided home-cooked meals for all the workers on the farm when she wasn't out in the fields. Lena enjoyed gardening, canning, feeding her birds and chipmunks and listening to Polish and Country music.
Survivors include her son, Karl Garbiel and his partner Carol Dwyer; Daughter, Mary Gardner, Grandchildren Patrick and Natalie Gardner and her companion Clifford Spatcher, and son-in-law Mark Greene. Her sisters Katherine Buckowski and Martha Rogaleski, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Lena was predeceased by her husband Walter, son Walter Jr, and daughter Anna. Her dogs Spotsie and Max, sisters Victoria Osip, Nellie Zuraw, Nora Wziontko, and brothers Louis, Joseph and John Gesiorek.
Calling hours will be held at Wrisley Funeral Home on Monday August 11th 6-8 p.m.
Funeral Services Tuesday 9:15 a.m. at Wrisley Funeral Home, with a Requiem Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church celebrated by Rev. Randolph Calvo on Tuesday August 12th at 10 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Baystate Medical Center, Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01102.
Expressions of Sympathy available at: www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com
Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street South Deerfield, MA 01373
Published in The Recorder on Aug. 12, 2014