John Francis Dzerkacz
FITCHBURG - John Francis Dzerkacz, beloved husband, father, and Pa, entered into eternal life on May 8th, 2017. He was born on December 15th, 1948 in Concord, MA, the son of the late John and Jessie (Reska) Dzerkacz. John attended Maynard Elementary School and graduated from Xavier High School in Concord, MA in 1966. He continued his studies at Boston College, then joined the U.S. Army Reserves and was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sargent. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology/Sociology from Framingham State College in 1973. He went on to continue his education at Boston College earning a Master's Degree in Education in 1974 from the Special Education Program, specializing in learning disabilities.
John became employed at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School, in Fitchburg, MA as the Director of Special Education, a position he held there for 20 years. In 1994, he became Principal of Monty Tech, a position he held for nine years, after which he became Business Manager there until he retired in 2007. He dedicated his life to education, finding great fulfillment in guiding others, and was especially proud of the "Bulldog Pride" program he helped to initiate.
John loved being with his family and taking care of everyone. He was overjoyed to be a grandfather, and loved every minute he spent with Ava, Zoey, and Johnny. John also loved spending time on Cape Cod, fishing, hunting, gardening, being outdoors, and a good Red Sox game. He was known for his sense of humor and was always giving advice and trying to teach lessons.
His strong faith which he shared with his family, has always been his strong foundation. He had a special love of the Eucharist, and a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially loving the rosary.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Judy (Nieroda) Dzerkacz of Fitchburg; children, John M. Dzerkacz and wife Alison of Mattapoisett, and Sarah Dzerkacz of Fitchburg; grandchildren, Ava, Zoey, and Johnny Dzerkacz of Mattapoisett ; siblings, Janet Schofield and husband Harold of Narragansett, RI, Mary Zocchi and husband John of Hopkinton, Frank Dzerkacz and wife Lola of Maynard, Catherine Paterson and husband David of Boxborough, Patricia Petkauskos and husband Peter of Lancaster, Anne Manning and husband Kevin of Maynard; many nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held on Friday, May 12, from Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg, with a Mass in Saint Bernard's Parish at Saint Camillus Church, 333 Mechanic St., Fitchburg at 9:30am. Burial will follow in Saint Bernard's Cemetery. Calling hours are from 4-7pm on Thursday, May 11 in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Divine Mercy Chapel of Perpetual Adoration c/o Joan Catalfamo, 333 Mechanic St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 or to Saint Bernard's Elementary School, 254 Summer St., Fitchburg, MA 01420.
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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 9 to May 10, 2017.