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Elizabeth Ralston, 79

Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt; Elizabeth M. Ralston passed away Sunday morning, September 17, 2023 at her home with her crystal prisms shinning down upon her eighteen month battle with pancreatic cancer finally at the merciful close.

Elizabeth was born April 29, 1944 to the late Stanley and Genevieve (Luczynski) Gorczakoski in North Adams. She graduated from Drury High School in 1962 and attended Springfield College. She was employed by J.J. Newberry's, American Airlines in New York City, ATT telephone Co., Bowdoin College, Greylock Elementary School in her younger years before she and her husband Daniel began the family business of Ralston Auto Parts in 1980.

Beginning in 1969-1971 Elizabeth family grew to five with the births of her three children. She excelled at motherhood and her total involvement of raising them. She also found time to be a Brownie Troop Leader, Gray Lady at North Adams Regional Hospital, PTA President and part of the Drury Booster Club.

Elizabeth made time also for her creative passions, knitting and crocheting family heirlooms while her children were young and in later years hand stitched quilting. Those exceptional and beautiful quilts will long remain with her family for generations to come.

She married the late Daniel E. Ralston in St. Francis of Assisi Church on August 21, 1965 he died December 13, 2003 , their marriage of thirty seven years, a true love story with their favorite sentiment to one another, " I Love you more than words can say or actions can express." Their life together took them from North Adams to Maine then Oklahoma and finally back home again.

Elizabeth leaves behind her three children Steven (Julie), Jennifer (Raymond) and Shaun (Jessica) in addition to her grandchildren Zoe and Nathan Ralston, Danielle King and Andrew and Samuel Ralston. She also leaves her sisters Antoinette Sicard, Bereniece Gorczakoski and Sallie Benedetti plus many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, sister Ginger Stanley and brother-in-law Robert Sicard. We are also indebted to her many friends for their love and care for her during her illness.

A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Elizabeth M. Ralston will be celebrated on Thursday September 21, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in North Adams. Burial will follow in the family plot in Southview Cemetery. A Calling Hour will take place at St. Elizabeth Church on Thursday from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. Memorial donations are suggested for the Daniel E. Ralston Scholarship Fund though the Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Home, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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My deepest condolences to Jennifer and family on your tremendous loss. I have always heard good mention of her through the years, especially from her friend, Betsy. May you all be consoled by her legacy of love.
from: Alice Vignaon: 09-25-2023

Our Dad's worked together at Shapiro's. I reconnected with Liz through the widow's club. She was fun to be with and I am sorry to hear that she has passed.
from: LYNDA SHAFERon: 09-21-2023

So sad to hear of your Mom's passing. She can now be without pain . We had many talks and visits that I enjoyed with her.
from: Judy Decon: 09-20-2023

Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers.
I have many fond memories of quilting with Liz.

Yolande Cyr
from: Yolande Cyron: 09-19-2023

Dear Steve, Jennifer, and Shaun,
My gosh! I'm so very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Please accept my condolences.
from: Chris Wondoloskion: 09-19-2023

Thinking of you at this sorry for your loss.Our sympathy to the entire family.
from: Joe and Kathy Lazarczyk on: 09-19-2023

Sincere condolences to Liz’s family. Have
missed her recently at chair yoga.
from: Diane Parsonson: 09-19-2023

our deepest condolences on the loss of your mom. we were in red hats together, and we graduated together. May she RIP. jacqueline and bill cote.
from: jacqueline coteon: 09-19-2023

Your mom was so wonderful. She scared me at first with her strong personality but I realized she was just as sweet as strong. I know she is in heaven watching over her family with pride and love.
from: Melissa Zepka on: 09-19-2023

Sincere condolences to the family. Always was a pleasure to talk with Liz and Dan about business or anything! They will be missed by many, many people.
from: R. Alleyon: 09-19-2023