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February 23, 1923 - April 21, 2017
Zofia M. (Wytrwal) Minko, 94, of Chicopee, died on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Jewish Nursing Center in Longmeadow. She was a retired assembler for Smith & Wesson. Zofia was born on February 23, 1923 in Greboszow, Poland. She was the daughter of the late Jan and Karolina Wytrwal. Zofia was a communicant of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr and a member of the Rosary Society. She was very proud when she became a United States citizen in 1972. Zofia was a hard working independent woman that loved cooking and gardening, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. Her family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Masih Farooqui and his staff at Sr. Caritas Cancer Center at Mercy Oncology and the staff at JGS Life Center in Longmeadow for their care and compassion. Very special thanks are extended to Mary and Kenneth Fagnant and their children. Zofia is predeceased by her husband, Antoni “Tony” Minko, who died on May 5, 1988, three brothers and a sister. She is survived by her son, John Minko and his wife, Ruth of Chicopee; three daughters, Mary LaFountain and her husband George of Springfield, Christina Fredette and her husband, Thomas of Brimfield and Caroline Moore and her husband, Stephen of Springfield; a sister, Anastazya Bojko in Poland; six grandchildren, David LaFountain and his wife, Lori, Jonathan Minko and his wife, Elisabeth, Jennifer Karr and her husband, Bryan, Mark Fredette and his wife, Nicole, Kristen Moore and Brendan Moore; five great grandchildren, Danielle, Emily, Grace, Anthony and Brooke and a special nephew, Kazmier Wytrwal and his wife Celina and their son , Peter of New York and many other special nieces and nephews in Poland. Zofia’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 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. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. A calling hour will be held on Wednesday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 am. Memorial contributions may be made to Sr. Caritas Cancer Center, 271 Crew St., Springfield, MA 01104.