Mary E. Ciolek
1961 - 2021
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Mary Elizabeth (Sears) Ciolek, 60, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Daughter of the late James and Theresa (Leary) Sears, she was born in Holyoke on February 25, 1961.
Mary attended South Hadley public schools where she met her high school sweetheart and husband of 38 years, Michael Ciolek, Jr. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and worked for Traveler’s Insurance in Hartford, CT for several years.
Once Mary welcomed her children Michael III and Melissa, she dedicated her time to being a devoted mother and homemaker. Her greatest joy was being a wife and mother. Mary was actively involved in St. Theresa’s Parish in South Hadley and treasured her time spent with her weekly prayer group. She loved to travel with her family, and they took many trips and created countless memories together.
The family would like to thank all of Mary’s caretakers who were such an important part of their lives for the last few years. Their kindness and compassion will never be forgotten.
Mary was predeceased by her parents, James and Theresa (Leary) Sears, and her brother Dr. John Sears. Mary will be missed by all who loved and knew her, including her dedicated husband, Michael Ciolek, Jr; her children, Michael Ciolek III and Melissa Ciolek both of South Hadley; her sister, Anne Sears of Asbury Park, NJ; many nieces, nephews, and extended family members and friends.
Services for Mary will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America by visiting https://hdsa.org/get-involved/get-involved/ .
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Published in The Republican from Apr. 5 to Apr. 6, 2021.
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April 12, 2021
She was a beautiful soul and an amazing person. Words have a hard time trying to describe who she was but her Love always did. I am so sorry for your loss. Love you guys.

The Scytkowski’s
Matthew Scytkowski
Family
April 11, 2021
The word CLASS defines Mary. A true lady that I had the pleasure of calling friend.
Barbara A Palmer
Friend
April 7, 2021
To Mary’s family, I was Mary’’s co-worker, but from day one she became my best friend. She opened her kind heart to me. We would go to lunch everyday and talk about both our families. She loved her hometown sweetheart Micheal. Mary was so proud of her brother and sister. We both were pregnant at the same time with our first and second child. We lived in different states but tried to setup play dates. Mary Rest In Peace and give my son a hug for me.
Pamela hebbe
Friend
April 7, 2021
The years spent at Travelers were so much better experienced because of the friendship shared by some of us. Mary was that person, always positive, smile for a greeting, who knew life was to be shared in a good way with others you respect and like, and went out of her way to make you feel the same. Even now, thoughts of those times bring a smile to my soul. My prayers are with her family and friends.
JT
John Taylor
Friend
April 7, 2021
Dear Mike and family
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers
Gerry and Jan Footit
Friend
April 7, 2021
Dear Michael Jr, and Michael lll & Melissa Our sincere sympathy on Mary’s passing May she Rest In Peace , Surrounded By God’s Eternal Love Sincere Condolences Bobby and Suzzie Mikolajczyk
Suzzie Mikolajczyk
Family
April 7, 2021
Mary was a beautiful person inside and out, May she Rest In Peace~

Lianne and David Casey
Lianne Fleury-Casey
Friend
April 6, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Michael and Michelle Bakos
Acquaintance
April 6, 2021
Dearest Annie & Family. We are so sorry for the loss of your dear sister, Mary. May God bless you with His Strength & Love. May she rest in peace. Sending you our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers.
Silvana Finizio
Friend
April 6, 2021
Michael Jr and Family,

I just heard the news and I am so sorry. You and Mary were such a beautiful couple. You complimented each other so well. I have a very vivid memory of your wedding like it was yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

Sincerely,

The Zieminski Family (Carl Jr., Rebecca, Ali,Tori & Katie)
Carl Z
Family
April 6, 2021
I am so very sorry for your loss. Mary was a beautiful person with such an amazing heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Danielle (Ruane) Schinzel
Family
April 6, 2021
Mike, I'm so sorry for your loss. God bless you for staying by
her side during her long ordeal. May time heal.
Joe Marois
JOSEPH A MAROIS
Friend
April 6, 2021
To Michael, Annie, Melissa, and Michael:

Karen and I are deeply saddened by Mary's passing. She is with her mother, father, and brother and no longer in pain. My cousin was a beautiful woman but more importantly a beautiful person inside. She was fortunate to have such a caring and loving family that took such good care of her. There is a special place in heaven for all of you. God bless.
Gene Dean
Family
April 6, 2021
Dear Michael and family so saddened to hear of your beloved mother and wife’s passing Mary was the true epitome of a lady and know her presence will forever be felt know that all of you will be kept in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time
Love The Sobons
Joan sobon
Friend
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