Genevieve 'Jean' (Matuszko) Matuszko
The Springfield Republican, May 11, 2011
Genevieve (Matuszko) Zakaitis 1920-2011 AMHERST - Genevieve (Jean) Matuszko Zakaitis, 90, died Tuesday morning at her home in N. Amherst. Funeral services will be Friday, May 13, at 10:00AM in Most Holy Redeemer Church, Hadley. Burial will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, May 12, from 5-8pm at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Obituary and register at www.douglassfuneral.com.
Social Security Death Index about Genevieve Zakaitis
Name: Genevieve Zakaitis
Last Residence: 01002 Amherst, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Born: 21 Jul 1920
Died: 10 May 2011
State (Year) SSN issued: Massachusetts (Before 1951)
Genevieve Zakaitis, mainstay of hoop tournament
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
AMHERST - Genevieve (Jean) Matuszko Zakaitis, 90, died Tuesday morning, May 10, 2011, at her home in North Amherst.
Jean was born in North Amherst on July 21, 1920 to Frank and Mary (Bustza) Matuszko. She was married to Joseph Zakaitis on June 30, 1945 in the Holy Rosary Church, Hadley. Jean lived her entire life in North Amherst. She worked as a waitress at the former Mount Pleasant Inn in Amherst. She also worked as a secretary in the School of Physical Education at the University of Massachusetts. For over 48 years she was involved with the Western Mass Small High School Basketball Tournament as secretary and treasurer. In 1979 Jean was the first woman to receive the Harold Gore Award for many years of outstanding service to the tournament. Her picture hangs in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. She also worked along with the directors on the scholarships and Gore Awards. She enjoyed her home, her garden and her many friends. She was always cooking, canning, baking, knitting, crocheting and doing craft projects that she generously shared with family and friends. Jean and her husband, Joseph, were members of the Amherst Regional Snowmobile Club. Jean also held many positions in the Daughters of Isabella and the Rosary Sodality at the Most Holy Redeemer Church.
She leaves her son, Robert and his wife Alice of Amherst; grandchildren, Roberta Belanger, Pamela and her husband Joseph Podolak of Hadley, and Robert Jr. She also leaves great-grandchildren, Amanda Belanger, Joey Podolak and Kailyn Zakaitis; her sister Bernice and husband "Moony" Adamski of Sunderland; her brother, Henry (Jake) of Williamsburg, and his wife Amelia of Hadley. "Cioci" Jean will be greatly missed by all of her many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, and her brothers Chester, Stanley and Carl (Kipper) Matuszko. She was a great lady.
Funeral services will be Friday, May 13, at 10 a.m. in Most Holy Redeemer Church, Hadley. Burial will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, May 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Greenfield, MA 01301. Obituary and register at www.douglassfuneral.com.
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