On Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020, just before a beautiful Maui sunset, Lucille (Barry) Machabee-Lapinskas, 94, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Kihei, Hawaii. Lucille was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and recently, a Great-Great Grandmother.
Lucille was born in Chicopee, Massachusetts and lived most of her life in the Springfield area. She worked in a factory during World War II making parachutes and was very proud of her of her contribution to the war effort. After the war she met and married Leo Machabee in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts after Leo completed his World War II service as a U.S. Marine. After raising five children, she later worked at the Springfield Hospital and retired as a supervisor for housekeeping.
After the early passing of Leo and a remarriage, she lived in Florida for many years. After the passing of her second husband, Lucille moved to Maui, Hawaii in 2015 to be closer to family. She spent several years living at Kalama Height Retirement Community where she made many friends with her smile, joy and light heartedness. She recently spent her days at Maui Day Care in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii where she continued to make friends and share in her gentle ways. Lucille would anticipate every party, holiday event and social gathering like it was her first dance! She was always delighted to see herself on the front cover of the Kalama Height newsletter and loved sending copies to her family!
Lucille was always up for any “activity” and was always ready to go, especially if she could wear her Hawaiian dress and listen and sing along to Hawaiian music! She loved Bingo and she played endless games of rummy winning most of the time! She looked forward to Bean Bag Baseball and earned the nickname “Babe Ruth” because of her numerous home runs! She was known to have a sketch book and pen with her at all times and loved to draw pictures of “people in love,” flowers, and family memories of when her children were young.
Lucille is survived by her children; Lawrence Machabee (Sonia), Lorraine Eurto (Ray), and Loralee Machabee (Tim); 9 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter. She is predeceased by her daughters; Linda Goldberg and Lois Yates.
A visitation for friends and family will be held at the Ludlow Funeral Home, 432 East Street, Ludlow, MA on Date TBD. Following the visitation, interment will be held at St. Aloysius Cemetery, 1273 Berkshire Avenue, Springfield, MA where she will be laid to rest with her first husband, Leo.
June 25, 1925 - February 4, 202006/25/192502/04/2020
Lucille (Barry) Machabee-Lapinskas
5 Trees have been planted in memory of Lucille Machabee-Lapinskas.