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Louise Omelenchuck, 84, of Lenox

Louise first worked as a secretary for Krofta Engineering and then became one of two of the first teacher’s aides hired for the Lenox Public Schools, retiring in 1990 after 29 years.

Louisa Christine DeJoy Omelenchuck, 84, of Lenox died Friday evening at Worcester Memorial, University Campus in Worcester with her loving family by her side. Born Aug. 25, 1934, in Hudson, New York, she was the daughter of Violante (William) DeJoy and Mary D’Angelo. Louise was a graduate of Hudson High School in 1952, and went directly to work for Kadin Brothers, a pocketbook factory in Hudson.

She married Steven J. Omelenchuck July 31, 1955, moving first to Pittsfield, then building their house in Lenox, moving there in 1958. Louise first worked as a secretary for Krofta Engineering and then became one of two of the first teacher’s aides hired for the Lenox Public Schools along with Sheila Walsh of Lenox Dale, retiring in 1990 after 29 years. It was at Morris Elementary School that Louise developed a lasting friendship with all of the children who passed through the school and who still talk fondly of their love for “Mrs. O.”

A communicant of St. Ann’s Church, Louise volunteered in every aspect from CCD instructor to frying dough at numerous bazaars and fundraisers. She especially loved working at the parish center, helping out for their numerous receptions. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by her two sons, Steven Omelenchuck (Bobbi) of Lenox Dale, and John Omelenchuck (Diane) of Pittsfield; grandchildren Mary Dowd (Michael) of Worcester, Susan Omelenchuck of Lenox, and Mitchell and Ross Omelenchuck of Pittsfield; great-grandson Luke Michael Dowd; sister Matilda Wagner of Hudson, New York; and brother John DeJoy of Kingston, New York. She was predeceased by her husband in 1998 and her sister Margie Chappell of Albany, New York.

The funeral for Mrs. Louise C. Omelenchuck will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. at the Roche Funeral Home, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church. Burial will follow in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday, Jan. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main St., Lenox, MA 01240. In lieu of flowers, donations in Louise’s memory may be made to St. Ann’s Church in care of the funeral home. To share memories and stories, visit rochefuneralhome.com.

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