Joseph Francis Dzialo, husband of Martine Dzialo of Longmeadow, and son of Dr. Frederick and predeceased Helen (Partyka) Dzialo of Hatfield, passed into eternal life Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Joseph was born Jan. 19, 1962, in Troy, New York, and was the second eldest of five children. Joseph grew up in Hatfield, where he loved to fish, play the guitar, go on bike rides with his brothers and sisters and spend time in nature. He graduated from the Williston Northampton School where he developed his passion and talent for fine arts under renowned illustrator Barry Moser. Joseph attended Syracuse University and holds a bachelor of fine arts in painting and graphic design from Parsons School of Design in New York. He later went on to pursue an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Joseph also studied in Paris at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts.
Joseph met his wife Martine while working in France after college. They fell in love, married, moved to New York City and had two children, Charlotte and Cyprien. Joseph and his family then moved to Longmeadow where he worked as a senior art director at Hasbro Games. He also worked for Unilever in New Jersey, and most recently as project art director for Rubbermaid Products in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Throughout the years, Joseph freelanced in art and often had showings of his work.
Joseph was a truly unforgettable husband, friend, father, and brother. Everyone who came in contact with him understood how special he was. He can be best remembered by his kindness, sensitivity, and generosity. Joseph had a beautiful outlook on life, and his enjoyment of the simple things was contagious. He was special in the way he brought color, love, and humor to any situation. Even if you had just met Joe, he would treat you like an old friend.
Many remember Joseph as a talented and incredibly creative artist. His garage was filled with pieces of artwork ranging from beautiful landscapes to more abstract pieces with the most moving and creative colors. His artwork was a representation of himself: colorful, warm, exciting, and heartfelt. Family was everything to Joseph, and nothing would make him happier than driving hours to see his daughter’s cross country races or watch his son’s cello performance. Joseph encouraged and supported his kids to explore their own interests, and no matter the outcome he was always a beaming father. Joseph’s children and wife remember him as the most important person in their life, and the most loving and supporting person they will ever know. They will miss waking up to see him painting in his garage, going on mystery rides to get ice cream or treats at Atkins farm, and overall being in the presence of a remarkably loving person.
Having been blessed with 26 years of marriage, Joe is survived by his beloved wife Martine and children Charlotte and Cyprien. He is also survived by his father Dr. Frederick Dzialo, Sr.; brothers Frederick Dzialo, Jr. and his wife Fabienne of San Diego, California, and John Dzialo and his wife Choonting of Newton; his sisters Dr. Ann Francine Dzialo Petroff and her husband Chris of Groton, and Mary Kuta and her husband Louis, Sr. of Bethesda, Maryland; his nieces and nephews Julie, Frederick III, Jonathan, Louie, Helena, Joseph, Jack, John Paul, and Theresa Rose; and his godfather Joseph Partyka, Jr. and his predeceased godmother Helen Lukasik.