J. Roger St. Amand of Ludlow, beloved 38-year husband of Diane Bisnette St. Amand, passed into God’s warm embrace on January 19, 2023. Devoted father to Michelle St. Amand Gunschel of Mattapoisett, Mass., and treasured grandfather to Jaymison, Keegan and Lillian Gunschel, he was a caring stepfather to Mark Bisnette (Susan), Lori Dziedzic (John), James Bisnette (Linda); and step-grandfather to Jason Bisnette, Erin Dziedzic, Robin Dziedzic; and great step-grandfather to Kaitlyn Bisnette, and Cameron Drew and Noille Drew.
He leaves his sister-in-law Patricia St. Amand and his nephew and godson Brian St. Amand, niece Elizabeth St. Amand McCarthy (Adam), and nephew Robert A. St. Amand (Kerri-Ann); grandnieces Karen St. Amand, Julianne St. Amand, Mariana McCarthy, Emily St. Amand; grand-nephews Philip McCarthy, Anthony McCarthy, Robert P. St. Amand and Michael St. Amand; and his great-grandnephew Romeo Tarek,
The son of the late Philip and Evelyn (Chabot) St. Amand, originally from Putnam, CT., and Saint-Barnabee, Quebec, Canada, respectively, he was predeceased by his brother Richard St. Amand in 2005.
Roger grew up in his parents’ Chicopee home graduating from Chicopee High School, where he was a member of the Chicopee High School Drum Corps. As an adult, one of his favorite leisure time activities was to travel with Diane and mutual friends to national Drum Corps competitions. He and Diane also enjoyed taking several trips throughout the U.S., including Hawaii, as well as to France, Italy, Germany, and China among others.
He attended Western New England College in Springfield and served in the U.S. National Guard achieving the rank of Second Lieutenant. He had a deep respect for the American Flag and for all who served in the U.S. Military. Whenever the opportunity presented itself, Roger would extend his hand to anyone he encountered in a U.S. Military uniform thanking them for their service to our country. At his request, the stone marking his final resting place in the Island Pond Cemetery in Ludlow will be marked with a cross, symbolic of his Catholic faith. Its’ inscription will read: “Second Lieutenant Joseph Roger St. Amand, 104th Infantry, 26th Yankee Division.”
Roger spent the majority of his long career as a sales representative in the corrugated packaging industry, most recently as both self-employed and with Blue Q in Pittsfield, Mass.
Visiting hours are scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 4-7 pm. at the Kapinos -Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St., Ludlow, MA. Those attending Roger’s Liturgy of Christian Burial are asked to gather at St. Elizabeth Church on Hubbard St. in Ludlow on Friday, January 27, 2023 for the Mass at 10 am. Burial will be private. Donations in Roger’s memory may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or www.shriners.org.
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Date: Friday, January 27, 2023
Time: 10:00 am
Catholic Community of Saint Elizabeth
Address:181 Hubbard Street, Ludlow, MA, 1056
Donations in Roger’s memory may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or www.shriners.org.