Marion (Brooks) Waleryszak, 90, passed away at home on July 14, 2022. Born in Springfield on September 19, 1931, she was the daughter of William O. & Maybelle (Baker) Brooks. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert L. Waleryszak, as well as her brothers, Theodore, Clifford and Howard Brooks.
Marion was a patron of the arts and supported the Springfield museums and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the Springfield Symphony Chorus for over 50 years and her dedication to both the symphony and other charitable works was recognized in 2012 by the City of Springfield with a proclamation of Marion Waleryszak Day.
Marion worked professionally for many years as a medical secretary. Bay Path University honored her as a distinguished alumna. She was a member of the Mayflower Society; she and her mother crossed the Atlantic several times on Cunard ocean liners, such as the Queen Mary, to visit relatives in England. Marion and Bob traveled extensively to many places throughout Europe and the United States. They especially enjoyed northern Italy, living in Turin for a period of time, making many lifelong friends.
Marion’s hobbies included participating in choral music groups and creating ceramics. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed literature, art and the culinary arts as well as restoring her historic home.
Marion is survived by her stepdaughter, Wendy Peralta, many cherished nieces and nephews along with other extended family and many friends. Our fathers’ baby sister, she was beloved by all those nieces and nephews as the link that connected our sometimes-far-flung lives and bound our generation to our parents’.
The family will receive visitors on Thursday, August 11, in Christ Church Cathedral’s Kendrick Room, 35 Chestnut Street in Springfield, from 10 a.m. until her 11 a.m. service. Internment at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Agawam will be private.
Please consider a memorial contribution to the Springfield unit of the Shriners Hospital, or the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
Please visit www.TazziniFuneralHome.com for condolences.