SOUTH HADLEY-Mary A. Denis Dufault, 96, formerly of Lathrop Street in South Hadley passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday morning at Holyoke Health Center. Mary was born in Glens Falls, New York on June 27, 1923, a daughter to the late Thomas and Mary E. (Moran) Dwyer. She was raised in Glens Falls, known as Hometown USA by Life Magazine, was educated in local schools and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy. Mary worked as a clerk in her younger years in for JM Fields and All Star Dairy and other retail stores. She eventually began working at Mt. Holyoke College in the food service department, retiring after 25 plus years. She was a very active member of South Hadley, residing at the Lathrop Village community. She was a member of the Lathrop Village Tenants Association where she served as President and Treasurer. She was an active member of the South Hadley Housing authority and served as Treasurer also. A devoted catholic, she was a communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in South Hadley. Mary enjoyed living at the Lathrop Community and made many wonderful friends who she will dearly miss. She was sadly predeceased by her husbands; William Denis and Robert Dufault, by a daughter, Cheryl Knotts; son, William Denis; granddaughter Joanna Dufault and her sisters; Helen, Betty and Naomi. She leaves her loving children; Michael Denis and his wife Susan of Pelham, Ma., Barbara Hauschild and her husband Bryan of Granby, Linda Baranowski and her husband Marian of Chesterfield and Patricia Dufault and her partner Robert Mercier of South Hadley. Her brother, Thomas Dwyer and his wife Geraldine of Glens Falls, NY. She also leaves her daughter in law, Pauline Denis of Chicopee and three stepchildren; Jeff, Dennis and Mark Dufault. Mary’s longevity of life has left her an endearing legacy of family including 19 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their sincere love for the care, dignity and affection shown to their mother Mary and the entire family by the wonderful staff at Holyoke Health Center during her stay. The family will hold private services and Mary will be buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Chicopee. Donations in her memory may be made to the South Hadley Council on Aging, 45 Dayton St., South Hadley, Ma. 01075. Tylunas Funeral Home has been entrusted with her care.
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