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Joan D. Zaitchik (Kagan)

March 15, 1941 - November 16, 2015

Burial Date November 19, 2015

Joan D. (Kagan) Zaitchik, 74, of Chicopee, died on Monday, November 16, 2015 at Willimansett Center East in Chicopee.  She was a retired insurance agent for various agencies.  Joan was born on March 15, 1941 in Chicopee and was the daughter of the late Wanda C. (Borowiec) Kagan. She was a member of the Rosary Society and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Joan had volunteered at St. Stanislaus and St. Joan of Arc Schools. She was an avid gardener and great cook.

Joan is survived by her daughter, Wendy Zeitler and son-in-law, Patrick Clay of Chicopee; her loving and cherished grandson, Derek Clay,  three sisters, Geraldine Kagan and Phyllis Gadoury and her husband, Raymond, all of Chicopee and Dolores Porcello and her husband, John of Enfield, CT, brother-in-law, John Tranghese of CT and many close nieces and nephews.  She is predeceased by her husband, Robert A. Zaitchik, who died in 1995, son-in-law, Stephen J. Zeitler and sister, Nancy “Frances” Tranghese.

Joan’s funeral will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015 from the Cierpial Memorial Funeral Home on 69 East St. in Chicopee Falls at 9 am, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in St. Anthony of Padua Church at 10 am. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.  Calling hours are on Thursday from 5 to 8 pm.  Memorial contributions may be made to:  Dakin Humane Society, P.O. Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101 or the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center, 627 Cottage St., Springfield, MA 01104.