On November 9, 2020, Louise Sylvia (Brunetti) Black, 91, entered eternal rest surrounded by her loving family. Born on November 17, 1928, to the late Crescentino and Maria (Frulla) Brunetti, Louise spent most of her life in West Springfield, MA. She was educated in the public-school system and was a 1946 graduate of West Springfield High School. She spent her professional career as a switchboard operator for several local companies, including the Telephone Company, Wesson Women’s Hospital, the Springfield Newspaper and Bay State Gas Company. Upon retirement and along with her best friend Bea Syner, she operated a successful travel club called B & L Travel for many years. However, her most cherished role was being a Mom and Nonnie to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Louise was full of life and her most cherished times were with her family. When visiting, you could always count on a warm cup of homemade tortellini soup or an Italian cookie. She enjoyed traveling, dancing, singing, cooking for her family, knitting and many arts and crafts. When she was 80 years old, she taught herself how to paint and left behind beautiful artwork for her family and friends.
Louise is survived by her children Sandra Fiedler and her husband Norman of Westfield, MA, and Robert Swellie and former wife Linda of Lakewood, OH. She will be deeply missed by her grandchildren Elise Carrier (Andre), Ryan Grady (Kate), Matthew Swellie, Andrew Swellie (Rachel), Erik Swellie (Ashley), Jeanine Braceland (Robert) and Terri-Lee Fielder; great-grandchildren Riley, Delaney, AJ, Levi, Owen, Megson, Otis, Chloe, Cameron, Jack, Wesley, Blake and Shea. She also leaves behind sisters; Janet Foley and Viola Colonna, many very special nieces and nephews along with her special friend, Paul.
Louise was predeceased by her beloved husband of 40 years, William F. Black. She leaves behind his children Winona Whalen (Andy), Robin Skowera (Dan), Guy Black (Laurie), Tracey Black and grandchildren Kara Welch (Jim), Megan Harding (Drew), Brianne Kimble (Doug), Samantha Bryson (Jamie), Allison Duffy (Kevin), Nicole (Rick Haglund and Nolan (Erin) Skowera.
Louise was also predeceased by sisters Bea (Jim) Wuller, Tina (Gerald) Boucher, Freda (Charles) Della Penna, Mary (Hooper) Larimee, Stella (Gus) Callini, Norma (Del) St. Onge and brothers Bromo (Helen) Brunetti and Raymond (Marie) Brunetti. Calling Hours will be held SAT from 10-12 NOON at the TOOMEY-O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 WESTFIELD ST., followed by a Funeral Service at 12 NOON. Burial will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Louise’s name may be made to the charity of one’s choice. DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, A MASK WILL BE REQUIRED WHILE ATTENDING ANY OF THE SERVICES AND CAPACITY RESTRICTIONS WILL BE ENFORCED.
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