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Mary H. Leja, 98

ADAMS, Mass. —  

Mrs. Mary Helen (Banas) Leja, a lifelong resident of Adams, died on Sunday, November 28, 2021, at Williamstown Commons. She was born in Adams on November 21, 1923, a daughter of the late Henry and Blanche (Dabrowski) Banas. She attended schools in Adams.

Mary worked for 42 years at the former Sprague Electric Company, retiring from the filter division as a check inspector in 1984.

She was a communicant of the Parish of St. John Paul II at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Adams, where she married her husband Stan on October 12, 1946. She was a member of the Quarter Century Ckub, the Sprague Electric Retirees Club and the Adams Senior Citizens. Mary enjoyed traveling and did quite a bit of it with her husband Stan of 60 years. They enjoyed vacations to California, Hawaii, Bermuda and Florida, as wells as many bus trips to the casinos in Atlantic City and Connecticut.

Mary always put her family first, and truly enjoyed the time spent with them. She was the best mother and grandmother.

She leaves her two daughters, Patricia LeMoine and her husband David of Adams and Linda Bassi and her husband Michael of Oregon; her two grandsons, David LeMoine, Jr. and his wife Kerrin of Pennsylvania and Brad Bassi and his wife Michelle and their son Brooks, Mary’s great grandson, all of Oregon and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by four brothers, Edward, Joseph, Matthew and Albert Banas and by two sisters, Stacia Wilusz and Nellie Kaczka.

The funeral will be held on Monday, December 6th at 10:30 A.M. from the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St., Adams, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Adams.

Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Adams.

Calling hours are Monday morning from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home. Face coverings will be required for anyone attending.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Western Mass, 55 Church St. Pittsfield, MA 01201 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601.

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Pat, David, and your entire family, so sorry for your loss. The stories about her life told by her daughter's, made it seem like I knew her personally . We will miss such a wonderful woman.
from: Debra Vinceletteon: 12-04-2021

Very sorry for your loss Pat and Linda…I remember her well from our days at St. Stans. God bless you all, and may she rest in eternal Peace.
from: David Lipinski on: 12-04-2021

Linda and family, Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
from: Bet Azaron: 12-03-2021