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Joseph 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. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday, March 5th,  from 5-7pm.

Whately, MA – Joseph Rup, 98, of 45 Christian Lane, Whately, passed away on February 28, 2014 in Calvin Coolidge Rehabilitation Center 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 wedding anniversary.

 

He worked at the Northampton State Hospital 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 Sadoski.

 

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