Calling hours will still be held Thurs. Mar. 19th from 4-7 PM at the Messier Funeral Home, 1944 Northampton St. in Holyoke. Guests are asked to remain in their vehicles upon arrival and a staff member will be in the parking lot to assist you so we may accommodate the current state mandated limitations on gatherings. Barbara's Funeral Mass on Friday March 20th will now be private for the immediate family. If you are unable to attend, you may send a card to the funeral home for the family. Please call Messier Funeral Home with any questions, 413-532-5491.
South Hadley- Barbara J. (Dryzgula) Laverdiere, 81, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at her home. She was born in Northampton, MA a daughter of the late Alex and Helen (Procon) Dryzgula. Barbara was educated in Northampton and a graduate of Northampton High School. Barb worked for over 30 years as Secretary for the Chief of staff at the VA Medical Center in California. Barbara will be missed by her dedicated beloved husband of 55 years Robert Laverdiere. The wedding was in the Immaculate Conception Church in Holyoke on October 2, 1965. Together they enjoyed spending time with family and close friends locally and at their home in Garden Grove, CA, Clearwater, FL and South Hadley, MA. Barb also enjoyed oil painting, crafts, cooking and entertaining guests at her home, especially in California. Besides her husband Bob she also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 8:30AM at the Messier Funeral Home followed by a Liturgy of Christian burial at 10AM in the St. Anne’s Church, 30 College Street, Chicopee, MA. Burial will be held in the Precious Blood Cemetery, South Hadley. Visiting Hours are Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 4PM – 7PM at the Messier Funeral Home, 1944 Northampton St, Holyoke. Memorial donations may be made in Barbara’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Attn. Memorials and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please visit www.messierfuneralhome.com for more details.
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