The Obit For Stephen Rys

Stephen R. Rys

Published in The Republican from September 10 to September 11, 2012

Stephen R. Rys, 83, of Holyoke, died on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born in Holyoke, son of the late Stephen and Victoria (Koszewski) Rys and was a graduate of the former Holy Rosary High School.

A United States Army Veteran of the Korean War, Stephen worked as a supervisor for many years at Springfield Photomount Company, retiring in 1983. He had played semi-pro baseball and had also played in the minor league system of the Cleveland Indians.

He was a communicant of Mater Dolorosa Church, now Our Lady of the Cross Parish and in 2011 was inducted into the Holyoke Catholic High School Sports Hall of Fame for his outstanding play on the baseball and basketball teams.

Stephen is survived by many nieces and nephews including Helen Gratkowski and Richard Rzeszutek, both of Easthampton.

The Funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9:15 a.m. from the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, Holyoke followed by a Mass in Our Lady of the Cross Church at 10:00 a.m.

Burial will follow in Mater Dolorosa Cemetery, South Hadley.

Visitation will be held Wednesday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. only.