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Marion K. (Kiluk) Lachut

October 22, 1930 ~ December 30, 2018 (age 88)

Known fondly as Cioci or Aunti M. to the legions of nieces and nephews who shared her life, Marion was the much adored 6th child of Victor and Feliksa Kiluk.  She believed in the strength of family, a committed work ethic and God.  Working her way up from an entry level account position through the ranks at Mass Mutual, she retired as a Vice President. Her Polish-American heritage was a constant throughout her life.  She met her husband, Rudolph Lachut, at the Polish church in Springfield when she was late to choir practice and he offered to share his hymn book with her.  She said she never had so much fun then the dancing dates they had with Rudy’s sister Lillian and their friends. Cioci was a keen supporter of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots and would often stay up late to watch a game to its bitter end.  She was a talented Scrabble player and passed on her tips and tricks to her nieces who delighted in playing with her both on-line and in person. Aunti M. created life-long memories for her young nieces by taking the opportunity to show off her family at the MassMutual store, trips to Riverside Park on summer evenings during school vacations.  Who can forget her steering her young, cotton candy covered charges away from the jangly Wild Mouse rollercoaster to the more sedate wooden rollercoaster or grasping her hand for safety in the boat tunnel ride? Latter years saw Marion and her nieces sharing movies and popcorn and even a slot machine or two.  A high point in the last couple of years for her was attending Zach and Jess Valliere’s wedding and having the whole family at one event together. Marion was never happier than when her extended family dropped in for “just a minute” or for a few days.  She always packed in enough food to outfit an Arctic expedition “just in case” someone needed a sandwich, a Big Beef cheeseburger, Friendly’s ice cream or a cookie.  Visits from her family kept her buoyant for days. Cioci enjoyed many holiday meals at Ted and Sue’s house over the last decade.  She had few regrets, one of which was not traveling more and seeing more of the world.  They did have the chance to visit Hawaii and Alaska as well as visit Deb and Jean in Colorado. She was fiercely independent and valued her own home, having a strong desire to stay there as long as possible. Marion was predeceased by her husband Rudolph Lachut on Apr. 25, 2016. Cioci was grateful for the help she received to stay at home, in particular her nephew Teddy (Tadz) Bulewich and his sister, Debbie Valliere, and was very appreciative of everything they did for her.  She also had sincere thanks for nieces Susan Brown Eyes, Susan Blue Eyes, Jean Valliere and Susan Bulewich, for all the myriad of things they did and her nephew Paul Enderle who took her to Midnight Mass.  Who could ever forget Cioci’s famous “fish face”! Marion joins her beloved husband Rudy and their dog Saba in Heaven.  She will be reunited with her sisters, Stella, Bertha, Jay, Grace and her brother Mitchell. Marion’s catchphrases were “Where is my hug?” and “Feel my hug”. Her final wish is that the family stay together and stay in touch.  Cioci’s goodbyes to all of us after a visit was, “Go with God” Stanchez Bogem in Polish. Go with God Cioci. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held SAT. 10:30 in Sacred Heart Church, 1061 Springfield St., Feeding Hills. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Chicopee, MA. Calling Hours will be held SAT from 8:30 to 10 AM at TOOMEY-O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 WESTFIELD ST., W. SPFLD. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Diocese of Springfield, Chalice of Salvation, P.O. Box 1730, Spfld, MA 01102-1730

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