Marc S. Katsoulis, 85, who devoted his life to his family, public service and young people, died peacefully on September 16. Born in West Springfield, MA, he was the son of the late Stephen and Tula M. Katsoulis. Marc was a graduate of West Springfield High School where he played soccer, baseball and was All Western Mass in basketball. Marc graduated from American International College where he participated in soccer. Marc also attended St. Lawrence University and took numerous courses at Westfield State University. He received his Master’s degree from AIC.
Marc’s public service for the town of West Springfield included 9 years as a selectman, with four years as Chairman. His service also included being a Town Meeting member, School Facilities Planning Committee, Chairman of the Town Government Committee, Chairman of the Town Hall Committee and the town’s representative for the Lower Pioneer Valley Regional Transit Authority, member of the Board of Registrars and the Hampden County Jail Study Committee.
Marc was Chairman of the Social Studies Department at Ludlow High School where he taught history and government. While teaching at Ludlow High School he took part in a summer institute on Social Studies sponsored by a grant from the United States government. Marc was a member of the Ludlow Teachers Association, the MA Selectmen’s Association and the West Springfield Club.
In 1974 Marc was appointed Clerk/Magistrate of the Hampden Juvenile Court by Governor Francis Sargent. Upon his retirement, Marc was proud of the Springfield Republican’s headline which said “He devoted his life to young people.” He retired to Mashpee in 1997, but returned to Western Mass in 2001, settling in Agawam and spending many winters in Arizona. He was an avid and opinionated Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics fan and enjoyed all kinds of music, especially Frank Sinatra. Another of his interests was as an avid movie goer who was always happy to give his personal review.
Marc was pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Marjorie (Stone) Katsoulis who supported him in his every endeavor. Among his friends he was often told that Margie was the key to any success he may have achieved. He leaves his three children, Keith, Greg and his wife Jennifer, and Krista and her husband Derek, all of whom made him as proud as a father could be. Marc adored his grandchildren Alexa, Jenna, Evia, Dylan and Lucas, who always found ways to amaze him. Marc is also survived by his brother Dr. John Katsoulis whose loyalty and support he cherished and John’s wife Beverlee. He also leaves his nephew Stephen and his wife Jill, his niece Kara and her husband Joe and his nephew Chris and his wife Patty. Calling hours will be on Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm at the TOOMEY-O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 Westfield St., West Springfield. The Celebration of Life service will be Wednesday at 11:00am at Pine Hill Cemetery in Westfield, with burial immediately after. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Marc’s name can be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.
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