Louis Liptak, Jr. died on April 27, 2020. He was born in Westfield, MA to Louis, Sr. and Margaret (Hatala) Liptak on June 23, 1939, and he grew up in the shadows of the pine and oak trees of Stanley Park and along the banks of the Westfield River with his sister Anne (Nancy) Butler, and brothers Thomas, Francis, and Michael Liptak. With his cousins and friends, he enjoyed fishing and working on cars, and was a proud member of the Golden Chariots Hot Rod Club. He graduated from Westfield High School in 1957 and then completed drafting technician training. In 1961, he married Marylin (Sarat) and shortly thereafter was activated with the Army National Guard and stationed in Phalsbourg, France. Louie and Marylin spent many years living in Westfield and Southwick, and also enjoyed boating in Otis. He was a communicant of St. Peter’s and St. Casimir’s Church in Westfield and a frequent visitor of St. Mary’s of the Lakes in Otis, and he was a past Trustee of the St. Stephen’s Society. Louie began playing the bass guitar with the Kielbasa Brothers in 1957. They were one of the first bands to play on Sunday afternoons at Stanley Park. He continued his love for both country western and polka music for many decades and he even played at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville, TN when he and Marylin traveled to the Music City via the Appalacian Mountains. Of all his accomplishments, Louie was most proud of his family, including his son Daniel of Southwick, and daughters and son in laws Sharon and James Marcyoniak of Westfield and Amy and Vincent Caruso of Otis, and granddaughters Elizabeth and Olivia Marcyoniak. With them, he loved family gatherings, holiday traditions, and afternoon picnics while fishing on his boat. He owned Liptak Industrial Specialty in Westfield, and he was a talented welder, metal fabricator, draftsman, and heavy equipment operator, and he taught Daniel many of his skills. Louie was fortunate to have many friends who stopped by his shop for lunch or coffee and to ‘shoot the breeze.’ Due to the current circumstances, the family will celebrate his life in private. If you would like to pay your respects, the family encourages you to take a springtime drive through St. Mary’s cemetery and play your favorite country western or polka song in his honor. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to Dana Farber or the Baystate Health Foundation. Firtionadams.com
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