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Theresa L. Lenart (Lazarchick)

October 22, 1937 - January 4, 2016

Burial Date January 9, 2016

Theresa L. (Lazarchick) Lenart, entered into eternal rest, joining her parents, Peter and Helen (Krajewski) Lazarchick on January 4, 2016. She was born in Pottsville, PA on October 22, 1937 and then came to Chicopee in 1940, where she was raised and lived most of her life. Married on April 23, 1966, Terry was the cherished wife of Henry L. Lenart for forty nine wonderful years. She will forever be remembered as the rock of the family, the one who taught love, the educator and the protector by her son Henry P. of Brookline, New Hampshire, Peter of Boston, MA, Elizabeth of Chicopee; her grandchildren, Molly, Abigail, Nick and Kaylin and her new puppy, Belle.

She was able to host one last Christmas; Terry was Christmas. Her legacy will be her passion for education. Her own education began at St. Stanislaus School and Cathedral High School. She then went to Mount Mercy College in Pittsburg, PA and then earned her Master’s Degree in Education from AIC. She began teaching in Enfield, CT. After starting a family, she returned to teaching at St. Patrick’s School in Chicopee, where she worked many years under Sister William Agnes and with her very special St. Pat’s Family. Terry retired from the Springfield Public Schools. Though an only child, Terry considered many to be her sisters, the former Barbara Lazarchick, the former Nancy Tranghese and all Nancy’s sisters. A dynamic Christian woman, Terry volunteered as President of the Home and School Association, Den Mother of Pack 131 and at the Chicopee Public Library. She loved shopping with her friend Mary, surprising others with little gifts and most of all being a mother and grandmother. She will be irreplaceable.

Terry’s funeral will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from the Cierpial Memorial Funeral Home on 69 East St. in Chicopee Falls at 10 am followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in the Basilica of St. Stanislaus at 11 am. Calling hours are on Friday from 4 to 7 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front St. Chicopee, MA 01013 or to St. Stanislaus School Library Fund, 534 Front St., Chicopee, MA 01013