Antoinette “Toni” (Orszulak) Bodzioch, 73, of Robinson Road, passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 18, 2022 under the watch and care of her loving family. She was born May 13, 1948 to the late Stanley and Lena Orszulak (Nubile), and raised in the Glenwood Circle section of Springfield. She married her one and only love “Freddie” in June 1967, and lived in Chicopee before moving to the family home in West Springfield in 1970. In addition to raising three children, Toni was a legal secretary for over 15 years in Springfield, and for nearly 10 years following her retirement served as a parking attendant for the Security Unit of the Eastern States Exposition. Along the way she managed two home-based businesses – a daycare for infants and toddlers, and breeding Sheltie Collies. She was a graduate of Commerce High School in Springfield, and to this day was among the few remaining of her generation to be able to read and write ‘shorthand’ and take dictation.
Toni was active throughout her life in a variety of civic and charitable activities including Tatham Elementary School PTO, The American Legion, West Springfield Elks Lodge, and St. Thomas Church. She loved to entertain and travel, playing cards with her family and friends, crocheting, and later in life playing Keno with ‘her numbers’. She was the prototypical family matriarch, raising and guiding not only her own children but also playing a major role in raising her grandchildren, and even taking in the best friend of one of her grandchildren for nearly three years.
In addition to her parents, Toni was predeceased in 2020 by her loving and devoted husband Fred of 52 years, and her beloved sister Kathleen Ann in 1959. She is survived by her daughter Karen, son Mark, and daughter Tina and husband Michael; her grandchildren Austin, Joseph, Sierra, Dylan and Chelsea; brothers Michael, David and Paul Orszulak, and scores of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home, 1043 Westfield St., West Springfield. Toni’s Funeral Home Service will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM at Toomey O’Brien Funeral Home followed by burial in St. Thomas Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Town of West Springfield Parks & Rec Dept., 26 Central St., West Springfield, MA 01089.