– Joseph Rup, 98, of 45 Christian
Lane, Whately, passed away on February 28, 2014 in
in Northampton. He was born on February 28, 1916 in Hadley,
the son of Andrew and Catherine (Pekala) Rup.
Joseph attended Hadley schools as a teenager and worked at
Globe Market in Amherst. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. in
1933. Joseph married Mary Gromaski of
Whately, on May 17, 1937, they made their home in Whately. They recently celebrated their 76st
He worked at the Northampton
in the early 30’s, later joining his father in farming in 1936. After his father’s death, he took over
management of the farm. He was in charge
of warehousing for Cohn Brothers Fisher Co., Culbro Tobacco Co. where he was
the manager of shade tobacco for 20 years and a Superintendent for Consolidated
Gulf & Western for seven years. In
the 1950’s, he was a tobacco inspector for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. During WWII, Joseph worked as an inspector
for the Springfield Ordinance War Dept. from 1944-1945. He was also an adjuster for the Connecticut
Valley Hail Insurance Co. with Howard Waite.
He helped build the first Fire Dept. in Whately with Gene Graves, served
on the Whately Finance Board for 25 years from 1961-1986, he was on the Whately
Bicentennial Committee in 1970 and served on the Whately Building Code Board of
Appeals from 1974-2005, the Whately Weights & Measurements Committee and
worked for George Gramacki Ins. & Real Estate Co. of South Deerfield.
Besides his wife Mary Rup of Whately, he leaves his son
Ronald and his wife Mary Jane of Essex Junction, VT., three sisters, Edna
Bartos of South Deerfield, Wanda Helstowski of Whately and Ramona Nieskoski of
Ludlow, three grandchildren, Ronald Rup, Jr., Robin Veneztia and Sean Rup, four
great-grandchildren, Travis Rup, Anastasia Rup, Bridget Veneztia and Skylar Rup
and several nieces & nephews. He is
predeceased by four brothers, Roman, Andrew Jr., John and Eugene Rup, three
sisters, Anna Richmond, Antoinette Adamski and Jenny Yagodzinski, and his
grandson Todd Rup.
Funeral services will be Thursday, March 6th at
9:15am from the Wrisley Funeral Home, followed by a liturgy of Christian Burial
at 10am in Holy Family Church
with Fr. Philippe Roux officiating.
Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday from 5-7pm. Donations in his memory can be made to the
Holy Family Church Renovation Fund or a charity of one’s choice. Special thanks to Janet Balise and Jeff
Expressions of Sympathy are available