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Emily M. Ziemba (Rybak)

October 26, 1928 - September 10, 2016

Burial Date September 14, 2016

Emily M. (Rybak) Ziemba, 87, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to all she met, passed on to eternal life on September 10, 2016 at Baystate Medical Center. She was born on October 26, 1928 in the house she lived her whole life in. She was the daughter of the late Albert and Josephine Rybak. She graduated from Chicopee High School in 1946. Emily was the proprietor of the Blue Room Café for more than forty years. Her father bought the business in 1936 and later handed it down to her and her two brothers. Emily was a very outgoing, giving and generous person. In addition to raising four sons, her extended families were all her son’s friends that played in the “old” Belcher school yard. She was a mother to all of them, often feeding them her specialty sandwiches and providing them with motherly advice. Her two favorite activities were rug braiding and cake decorating. Emily loved having holiday picnics as well as preparing her annual Polish delicacies for Christmas Eve Wigilia. She also enjoyed hosting her weekly Friday night coffee crew for over fifty years. During her retirement years, she drove her pickup truck around and made daily stops at Stop & Shop, Big Y, CVS and McDonalds where everyone knew her name. She was predeceased by her husband, John, her parents, her brother, Matthew, her sister, Helen and her grandson, Anthony. She leaves her sons, John and his wife, Kathy of Ludlow, Edward and his wife, Catherine of Chicopee, Deacon Jim Ziemba and his wife, Lucie of Wilbraham and Gary of Chicopee, 8 grandchildren, Kathleen, Jim, Adam, Andrew, Nick, Alex, Ashley and Tyler, 8 great grandchildren. She also leaves her two brothers, John and Edward Rybak of Chicopee. In addition to her family, she leaves her best friend, Pat Maroney and many nieces and nephews. Emily’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from the Cierpial Memorial Funeral Home on 69 East St., in Chicopee Falls at 9 am, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in the Basilica of St. Stanislaus at 10 am. Her burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday 3-6 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Soldier On, Building 6, 421 North Main St., Leeds, MA 01053-9764 or to Fr. Marion’s Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Stanislaus School, 534 Front St., Chicopee, MA 01013.