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Victoria Zabawa, 84

CHESHIRE, Mass. — Victoria (Piekos) Zabawa, 84, of Southampton died on Monday, June 3, 2019.

Born August 23, 1934, in Cheshire, Mass., to Jan and Karolina (Bulsa) Piekos, she attended Cheshire schools, was a 1952 graduate of Adams High School and attended the University of Massachusetts. Victoria worked as a secretary in East Hartford and at insurance agencies in Adams and Pittsfield. The family moved to Southampton in 1973 and she worked for USDA Agencies in Amherst as a loan officer until her retirement in 1997.

She was treasurer of Southampton Mother’s Club, Friends of Southampton Council on Aging, Springfield Chapter of the Compassionate Friends, a former AARP Holyoke Chapter 1524 member, as well as a former TRIAD member.

Victoria was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Edward P. Zabawa, on May 15, 2002.

She is survived by her children, Paul of California, Kevin (Deirdre) of Southampton, Sharyn (Steven) Hocurscak of Sterling, Mass., and Dianne (Donald) of Agawam; daughter-in-law Kathleen Bemben of Hadley; grandchildren Nicole and Amanda Zabawa, Victoria Sutherland, Anastasia Hocurscak, and Neil and Malcolm Zabawa; a brother, Francis Piekos of Cheshire; and several nieces and nephews and their families.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a son, David Zabawa; her brothers: Walter, Stanley, John, Josef, Kazimier, Tadeus and Henry; her sisters: Emilia Jajko, Marie Adamcek  and Sophie Gwozdz; nieces Kathleen Piekos and Pauline (Piekos) Morris; a nephew, Stanley Piekos; grandnephew Nicholas Piekos; great-grandnephew Wyatt Cearnel; and grandniece Kelly (Jajko) Rahilly.

Funeral notice: Friends and family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, June 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. in Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, 159 Church Street, Cheshire, Mass. Burial will follow in Cheshire Cemetery.  

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke, Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the David Zabawa Scholarship Fund, Plumbing Department, C/O Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01060.

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So sorry for your loss. Vicki and I used to go out to lunch when I visited my daughter in Northampton. I have fond memories of those days. She was a sweet person. She will be greatly missed.
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