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Ralph E Cortis

August 31, 1928 ~ August 13, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old


WESTFIELD – Ralph E. Cortis, 94, died Sunday, Aug 13, 2023 at Genesis, Westfield Center. Born in Russell on Aug 31, 1928, he was the son of Robert and Hildred (Palmer) Cortis. He attended his early school years in Woronoco and graduated from Westfield High School in 1947. Ralph was active in the Boy Scouts as a committee member, scout leader and other roles for 20+ years. He was a member of Mount Moriah Lodge of Masons for 60 years and Melha Shrine Temple for 40 years. He devoted many years of research on both the Cortis and Goodwin family genealogies and their related ancestral lines. His interest in local history also included several years as an active member of the Westfield Historic Commission. Ralph’s 25+ years of research on the history of the town of Russell, Ma. culminated with the 2013 publication of “Russell Massachusetts, Establishment of a New England Town and early historical notes”, which he co-authored with his son. Ralph was pre-deceased in 2011 by his wife of 62 years, Jeanne L. (Goodwin) Cortis. He was also predeceased by 3 brothers, Stanley, Harold and Chester and one sister, Lois Losaw. He leaves three sons and their wife’s; James E. and Carol of Russell, Bruce W. and Carolyn of Feeding Hills, Alan F. and Gail of Westfield. He also leaves 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother Wallace of Southwick, a sister Pearl Patino of Agawam and his special friend Marilyn Warchol. FIRTION ADAMS FUNERAL HOME, 76 BROAD STREET, WESTFIELD MASS. is in charge of arrangements. Calling hours are Friday Aug 18th, 4-7 PM and Saturday Aug 19th 10-11 A.M., followed by a funeral service and burial in Russell Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, Ma. 01104. or First Congregational Church, Broad St. Westfield, Ma. 01085.

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August 18, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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August 19, 2023

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August 19, 2023

11:00 AM
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