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Twega Fill

Twega was born July 1, 1922, in South Deerfield, the daughter of Charles and Anna (Gurniewicz) Yurgielewicz. She was a graduate of Northampton High School.

Twega married Joseph G. Fill on June 9, 1946, at St. John Cantius Church in Northampton. During World War II, Twega was employed at Westover Field as a secretary.

She was later employed as a secretary for the University of Massachusetts, Hopkins Academy, and various departments within the town of Hadley. She was also a dedicated volunteer for the Council on Aging for the town of Hadley and was a member of Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley.

Twega was deeply loved and will be missed greatly. She was especially fond of crafts of all kinds but excelled in knitting and crocheting for her family. Her handmade quilts, coverlets and scarves will continue to be cherished by her family.

Twega was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and will continue to live in the hearts of all who loved her. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Joseph G. Fill of Hadley; her daughters, Barbara and her husband, Robert (Bob) Ovanes, of Jupiter, Fla., Carol and her husband, Edward (Ted) Dempsey, of Jupiter, and son, David J. Fill and his wife, Joyce, of Hadley.

She is also survived by seven grandchildren, David J. Fill II of Woodbridge, Va., Jessica Fill of Arlington, Va., Richard Fill of Wilmington, Matthew Ovanes and his wife, Stacey, of Boxford, TJ Dempsey and his wife, Dana, of Orlando, Fla., Brian Dempsey of Somerset, and Tabitha (Ovanes) and her husband, Eric Karch, of Sandwich; and five great-grandchildren, Amanda Karch, Ryan Karch, Hayden Ovanes, Avery Dempsey and Chase Dempsey. She also leaves behind a brother, Stanley Yurgielewicz; a sister-in-law, Dottie Yurgielewicz (wife of Charles); and several nieces and nephews as well as many lifelong friends.

Twega was predeceased by her brother Charles Yurgielewicz and sister-in-law Teal Yurgielewicz (wife of Stanley).

Calling hours will be at the Czelusniak Funeral home of Northampton on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be Thursday morning from the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton at 9 a.m. with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Church followed by burial in Holy Rosary Cemetery, both in Hadley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Twega’s memory to Holy Rosary Cemetery Fund, 120 Russell St., Hadley or VNA/Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, P.O. Box 329, Northampton, MA 01061.

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