Edward Fondakowski

Died: Fri., Jun. 1, 2018


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 08, 2018
Location: Mitchell Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

Sat., Jun. 09, 2018
Location: Our Lady of the Valley

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Edward J. Fondakowski of Westfield, Mass., passed away on June 1, 2018. He was born at Providence Hospital in Holyoke, Mass., and was a long time resident of Easthampton, Mass. He graduated from Sacred Heart School and Easthampton High School. He also attended Northampton Commercial College and Greenfield Community College. He was an officer in the Army National Guard during the Cuban Missile Crisis and also during the Vietnam Era.


He was employed for a short while with the National Felt Co. of Northampton, Mass. and was hired at the October Co. on the production line, and worked his way up to become Vice President of the Metals Division, serving the company for 41 years until his retirement in 2006.


He was married to Marlene M. Balut Fondakowski and is survived by four children, Andrew and his wife Petrina of Westfield, Mass., Stephen and his wife Christina of Pelham, NH, and Leigh and Melissa of Brooklyn, NY, and seven grandchildren, Jonathan, Jarrett, Rebecca, Josefina, Nathanael, Anna Elizabeth, and Samuel.


Ed and Marlene were married for 54 years. They were active parishioners at Sacred Heart Church for most of their lives. Ed was a coach in the Easthampton Basketball and Little Leagues, once coaching a Senior All-Star Baseball team to the State Finals in Lynn, Mass.


Ed loved his grandchildren with all his heart. He loved walking with his dogs, Benjamin, Oscar and Michael, and playing the role of one-man pit crew for his son Stephen’s SCCA amateur car racing, a task he approached with a focused determination and a great love for his son. Both of his daughters became professional artists, and he loved hearing about their artistic pursuits, seeing their productions, and always encouraged their biggest dreams. He used his experience to help his oldest son, Andrew, relocate his company and build it into the successful business it is today. Until his passing, he worked side by side with his son Andrew, and his grandson, with great pride and love.


Later in his life, Ed enjoyed watching his grandkids play sports from baseball to basketball to cheering, and volunteering in the soup kitchen with his wife, Marlene. Ed and Marlene became Parishioners at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church when they moved to Westfield. Together, Ed and Marlene loved to travel and to Polka dance. His great wish was to dance with her again in Heaven.


Of all the achievements in his life, Ed was especially proud of the two floats he helped design and construct, one for Sacred Heart Parish in 1985, and one for Immaculate Conception Church in 1996. What most defined his life was service to others. Ed gave all of his time, talent, and treasure to anyone who needed his help. He will be deeply missed, as he was deeply loved. He is a man who himself truly possessed a most sacred heart.


Calling hours will be held at Mitchell Funeral home on Park St. in Easthampton, Mass., Friday, June 8, 2018 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be held Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Church on Everett St. in Easthampton, followed by burial at St. Stanislaw Cemetery in Easthampton.


In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charities Ed cherished and supported: The Bethlehem House in Easthampton, Shriners Hospital in Springfield, Jericho for Children in Holyoke, and the ASPCA for Homeless Animals.

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