Genevieve “Jenny” (Sypek) Paszko, age 99, matriarch of her entire family, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday November 20, 2019 at Baystate Medical Center. Born on January 3, 1920 in Holyoke, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Sophie (Kagan) Sypek. She was predeceased by her husband, Stephen Paszko in 2003. She is survived by her loving daughters: Emily “Mickey” Fitzgerald and her husband John of Southampton, Joan Rush of Southampton, and Shirley Anop and her husband Victor of Chicopee; her grandchildren Lynn, Bobby, Karen, Terry, John, Tara, and Katrina; 4 great grandchildren; her sister Emily “Mickey” Murawski and her husband Leo, her brother Stanley “Sonny” Sypek and his wife Nancy, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her “therapy cat,” Smokey, who gave her endless hours of comfort and joy. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her brothers: Frank, Edward, and John Sypek; her sisters: Wanda Lapa, Stella Wadlegger, and Elizabeth Putnam. Jenny and her husband Stephen were the longtime owners of Paszko Farms in Southampton where they grew vegetables and flowers. In the 1970s, the Paszkos became the first Southampton farmers to sell their farmland development rights to the State to preserve the land as farmland for perpetuity. In her later years, she enjoyed her winters with her husband and daughters in Marco Island, Florida. Jenny had a wonderful sense of humor and was generous and caring to all. She loved cards, Bingo, the Red Sox, and family gatherings, and enjoyed making Polish food. Earlier this year, she was the recipient of the Boston Post Cane Award as the oldest living resident of Southampton. She was very proud of this award and was looking forward to her 100th birthday. As a woman of faith, Genevieve was a longtime parishioner of the former Mater Dolorosa Church and currently Our Lady of the Cross Parish. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday November 23 at 11:00am in the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke, followed by burial in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, South Hadley. The family will greet people in the funeral home prior to the service from 9:00am to 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dakin Humane Society, 171 Union Street, Springfield, MA 01105 or to a charity of your choice.
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