Samuel Cernak

Born: Wed., Mar. 3, 1920
Died: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017


9:30 AM to 11:30 PM, Wed., Jan. 03, 2018
Location: Mitchell Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:30 AM Wed., Jan. 03, 2018
Location: Mitchell Funeral Home

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Samuel Cernak, 97, formerly of Holyoke Street, Easthampton passed away peacefully on December 27, 2017 at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. He was born in Hatfield on March 3, 1920 the son of the late Daniel and Elizabeth (Hyza) Cernak. He attended schools in Hatfield before moving to Northampton at an early age attending Easthampton Public Schools receiving his High School Diploma from Operation Recognition 2000. He retired in 1982 after 30 years with the Easthampton Fire Department. He previously was employed by the former Pomeroy Dairy, and later by Strong Bus Corp. of Easthampton. He was a WW11 Army Veteran serving in Co A. entering March 17, 1941 the 75 M.E.D. Battalion 5th Armored Division-European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Medal, American Campaign Medal, WW11 Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Honorable Service Button WW11. He was discharged on Oct.11, 1945 as a Tech 5th grade of the 5th Armored Division. Sam was a Life member of the American Legion Post 224 and served as Chaplain, Past Commander, manager of the Legion Baseball Team and a member of Legions Board of Directors. He was a member of Easthampton Congregational Church serving on several committees. He was a life member of the Disable American Veterans Chapter 92, Northampton; Life member of the Easthampton and Williamsburg Historical Societies; former member of Easthampton Farmers Club and past president; former president of the Pilgrim Men’s Club of the church; Massachusetts and County Municipal and State Retirement Firefighters Association; member of Easthampton Council on Aging; former member of the 4-H Club, Community Center, Easthampton Grange #27, Pomona and State Grange. He was a longtime town meeting member from Precinct 3. He enjoyed caning chairs and gardening. Sam received the Veteran of the year award of 2008, from Veterans Council and American Legion Dalton Lavalley Post 224. His wife the former Ruth Warnock Cernak died March 17, 1992 Surviving are one daughter; Cynthia Baceski and husband Robert of Easthampton, one son; Donald Cernak of Deerfield Beach, FL., two grandchildren Brian Baceski and Amy Barnes, two great grandchildren Emma and Samuel Barnes, nieces and nephews. Sam’s Funeral will be Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 at 11.30 am in Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton with visiting hours from 9:30 am until the time of the service. Burial with Military Honors in Brookside Cemetery, Easthampton in the Spring. In lieu of flowers gifts may be given to VNA Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton in Ruth Warnock Cernak’s memory or to Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, c/o Rec. Dept., 110 Cherry Street, Holyoke , MA 01040

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Lee Tonet
   Posted Tue January 02, 2018
I was truly saddened to read of Sam's death in the newspaper yesterday. He was a longtime resident of the Holyoke Soldiers" Home and he was always kind to my husband, Earl, and to his memory after Earl died. Sam was a kind, caring man whom I would occasionally visit over the past year on Sundays. I will miss having and knowing that he is there with his smile and hearty laugh. My condolences to you, his family. I'm sure you have many happy memories of and with him. Sincerely, Lee Tonet

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