Joseph T. Tumidajewicz

December 2, 1940 - September 3, 2022
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Joseph T. Tumidajewicz, 81, of Chicopee, passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2022.  Born in Philadelphia, PA on December 2, 1940, he was the son of the late Catherine Tumidajewicz-Savey.  Joe was a 1959 graduate of Chicopee High School where he was a delegate to Massachusetts Boy’s State.  He received his B.S. in Engineering Management from Norwich University, Northfield, VT in 1963.  Joe proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.  He went on to work as Operations Manager for Rexcel Co, overseeing 3 locations. He later worked as an ISO auditor and contractor. Joe was a life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Post 111, Galaxy Community Council, American Legion Post 353, Chicopee Historical Society and a past chair of the Chicopee Rent Control Board.  He was a communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Parish.

Joe is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 49 years Arelia “Gaye” (Dillon) Tumidajewicz of Chicopee, his sister Caroline Momberg (Wayne) of Ft. Myers, FL, his niece DebbyAnn Bowler (James) of Philadelphia, PA, his nephew Daniel Momberg (Lynn) of Perrysburg, OH.  He also leaves his great-nephews and godsons Brandon and Connor Bowler; Hayden and Keegan Momberg and his great-niece Sienna Momberg.

Funeral Services for Joe will be Friday, September 9, 2022 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 56 Saint Anthony St., Chicopee., MA.  Please meet directly at church.  Rites of Committal with Military Honors will follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St., Ludlow, MA. Donations in Joe’s memory may be made to Tunnels to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10306 or if you prefer flowers are always welcome.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home


64 Sewall Street
Ludlow, MA 01056

Service Information

Date: Friday, September 9, 2022

Time: 10:00 am

St. Anthony of Padua Church


56 St. Anthony St.
Chicopee, MA 01013

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Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, September 9, 2022

Time: 11:15 am

St. Stanislaus B.M Cemetery


Montgomery St
Chicopee, MA

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Born: December 2, 1940
Died: September 3, 2022

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Rich Schneider posted on 9/9/22

We all lost a fine Norwich man. He lived our Norwich values of serving his country, his family and his community. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and Norwich buddies. May he now Rest in Peace. RADM Rich Schneider, Norwich President Emeritus


William Fisher posted on 9/9/22

Mrs Tumidajewicz and family. My name is William Fisher. I knew Joe at Norwich. I was a freshman when he was a senior. His dorm room was next to mine. As you may know fraternization between freshmen and upper classmen was not allowed. However, Joe befriended me. He helped me through the difficult year as a freshman. His friendship and counsel were invaluable. He provided guidance on how to navigate life at a military school. I have never forgotten the guidance that he passed on to me. I graduated in 1966. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on his passing.