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James 'Jigs' Gelheiser, 78

ADAMS, Mass. — Mr. James R. “Jigs” Gelheiser, 78, of Adams died on Monday, February 10, 2020, at his home.

He was born in Adams on November 15, 1941, a son of the late John and Helen (Hanlon) Gelheiser. He attended schools in Adams and graduated from the former Adams High School.

Mr. Gelheiser last worked for Specialty Minerals in Adams until his retirement. Earlier he had worked for the former Arnold Print Works.

He was a communicant of the Parish of St. John Paul II, Adams.

His wife, the former JoAnn Dean, died on May 11, 2019.

He is survived by his four stepchildren, Jeffrey Bissaillon and his wife Lorrie of Pittsfield, Joseph Bissaillon and his wife Ann of Adams, Bruce Bissaillon of Texas and Debbie Bohls of Texas; his brother, John Gelheiser and his wife Margaret of Adams; four step-granddaughters, Brittney and Ashley Bissaillon and Amanda Waschak and Heather Choquette; three step-great-grandchildren, Destiny, Michaela and Brenden; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his two sisters, Judith Adamczyk and Jean Ryan.

Funeral notice: The funeral will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 11 a.m. in the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St., Adams. Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery, Adams.

Calling hours are Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Pop Cares, P.O. Box 482, Williamstown, MA 01267.


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I will miss talking with Jigs on the bench in front of his place doing scratch tickets rest in peace pal.
from: on: 02-18-2020

Jigs you were my good friend for many many years. I'll miss you rest in peace
from: dick pizanion: 02-14-2020

Sorry to hear about Jigs. Jigs was a very close friend of my father. I can remember picking blueberries with them as a child. He will be missed.
from: Paul Oleskiewicz Jr.on: 02-14-2020

Jigs was one of my very best friends. Even though we havenít seen much of each other due to distance, I will never forget him and the good times we had. Rest peacefully my friend. You were a good man.
from: Jud Gazailleon: 02-12-2020

Rest in peace uncle jigs..
from: on: 02-12-2020

Great guy. Had so many years of enjoyment playing ball with Gigs,with any unforgettable moments. Will remember him always.
from: Ron Catelotti on: 02-12-2020

We're so sorry to here of Jiggs' passing. He and JoAnn are now together in a better place. Our condolences to all of you...
from: Skeets and Barb Richardson: 02-12-2020

Joe and family, I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻
from: Suzanne Kolison: 02-12-2020

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