Steve T. Chmura 81 of Ludlow passed away peacefully Saturday December 5, 2009 at his home. Born in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield, MA March 29, 1928 he was the son of the late John and Apolonia (Maziarz) Chmura. Steve worked for the former family business, Chmura’s Bakery for many years. As a young man he delivered bread by horse drawn carriage and later worked as a baker and then general manager. In the 1960’s he began his career in politics. He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he proudly served the citizens of Ludlow, Three Rivers, and Chicopee Falls. Steve was House Chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture. He rose to the position of Vice-Chairman of Ways and Means. In 1979, he was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries, Wildlife and Recreational Vehicles. A Communicant of Christ the King Church, Steve was a member of the Ludlow Polish American Citizens Club, The Polish Young Men’s Alliance, The Knight of Columbus, Loyal Order of the Moose, and the Isaac Walton League. An Avid golfer, and a noted horse lover, he enjoyed these pastimes with friends over the years. Undoubtedly, Steve’s greatest joy came from spending time with his family. He was a devoted and treasured husband, father and Dziadziu and will be missed dearly. He was the husband of 58 years to the late Irene (Dabrowski) Chmura who died December 7, 2007. He is survived by his devoted children, Sharlene of Ludlow, William and his wife Nadine of Monson, and Lisa and her husband Curtt of Montgomery, VT. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren John and Kyla, his brother Rudy Chmura and his wife Betty of Springfield, his sister in laws Gene Romaniak and Angela Chmura. Also survived by many nieces, nephews extended family members and friends.
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Funeral services celebrating his life will be Saturday December 12, 2009 at 8:45 AM from the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home 64 Sewall St. Ludlow followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in Christ the King Church 41 Warsaw Avenue Ludlow at 10 AM. Rites of committal will follow in St. Aloysius Cemetery.