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Edward W. Oboyski

Posted: 7 Feb 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 22 Jun 2001 7:25AM GMT
Surnames: Oboyski, Ostaszewska, Soja
Source: Berkshire Eagle

February 07, 2000

Edward W. Oboyski

PITTSFIELD -- Edward W. Oboyski, 81, of 36 Park St. died yesterday at Berkshire Medical Center.

Mr. Oboyski was the owner and grocer at Oboyski's Market at 108 Seymour St. for more than 50 years. The mom-and-pop-type store, which was started by his parents on Wahconah Street in 1913, was widely known for its full line of meats. After Mr. Oboyski's father died during the flu epidemic of 1918, his mother ran the business and built the Seymour Street store in 1924. Mr. Oboyski and his sister, Jennie Oboyski, operated the store for many years until its closing in 1995.

Born in Pittsfield on July 23, 1918, son of Teofil and Sabena Ostaszewska Oboyski, he was a 1938 graduate of St. Joseph's High School.

An Army Air Force veteran of World War II, he served in England and Belgium and attained the rank of sergeant.

He was a communicant of Holy Family Church and a member of the Polish Community Club for more than 50 years. He was an officer in the Independent Grocers' Association for more than 30 years and, for the last 20 of those years, was also its treasurer.

A drummer, Mr. Oboyski played in a variety of area bands including the Wohrle Brothers, Pete Vittone, Al Mole and Jim Willis. He was also a member of the local musicians' union.

He and his wife, the former Monica J. Soja, would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on April 22.

Besides his wife and sister, of Pittsfield, he leaves a son, Daniel J. Oboyski of Pittsfield; another sister, Julia McCumiskey of Liburn, Ga., and two grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE -- A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Mr. Edward W. Oboyski, 81, will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 at Holy Family Church in Pittsfield by the Rev. Eugene Suczek, pastor. Calling hours will be tomorrow from 4 to 7 at WELLINGTON FUNERAL HOME, Pittsfield. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus' Cemetery in Adams in the spring. Mr. Oboyski is also survived by two beloved grandchildren, Sarah B. Oboyski and Jeffrey D. Oboyski. A brother, Sidmore Oboyski, died in 1951. In lieu of flowers, donations to Holy Family Church in Mr. Oboyski's memory would be appreciated.

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