Selma K. (Sally) May, 102, passed away Friday, April 24, 2015 at Mont Marie Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Holyoke. She was born February 16, 1913. Daughter of the late Andrew and Mary (Barszcz) May she lived in the Gilbertville section of Hardwick until moving to Ludlow in 1998.
Sally was a 1926 graduate of Gilbertville Grammar School and a 1930 graduate of Hardwick High School. She excelled in spelling and competed in several spelling bees, emerging as the champion. Sally graduated from Becker Business School. She was a Nurses Aid at Mary Lane Hospital in Ware.
Sally was employed as a secretary at the Gillespie Co., the McLaurin Jones Co, and Fredericks Knitted Fabrics. For ten years she worked as a secretary in the Physics and Astronomy Dept at UMass, retiring in 1980. Sally enjoyed traveling and had visited Florida, Hawaii, Canada, Poland and Italy where she saw Pope Paul VI on his 75th birthday.
Sally supported her community and was a generous benefactor to the Gilbertville Library, the Hubbard Memorial Library, the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club and Ministry with the Deaf (Diocese of Springfield).
Sally leaves several cousins and good friends. She was predeceased by her siblings Zygmunt and Edwin May, Emily R. (Sue) May-Zakszewski and Stella A. (Mona) May.
A Gravside Service will be held Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Gilbertville, MA