Edward Taudel, 86, passed away on May 26, 2020, at Baystate Medical Center. Born in Westfield, he was a son of the late Louis and Mary (Wysocki) Taudel. He was a graduate of Westfield State College and earned a Master’s Degree from Springfield College and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A Veteran of the US Army, Ed was stationed overseas in Korea and served as a Military Police Officer. He served as a police officer for the City of Westfield before becoming a teacher and then an Assistant Principal at Kiley Junior High for the Springfield Public Schools. Ed was a member of the Springfield Lodge of Elks # 61 and a longtime parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church of Springfield. A beloved storyteller, Ed often shared cherished memories of his upbringing on the family farm in Westfield and his time in the military. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and tending to his yearly vegetable and flower gardens. With his wife, Nancy, he could often be seen attending his grandchildren’s events. An avid sports fan, he particularly enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox, for whom he had new hope every spring. Ed also enjoyed summering at their family cottage in Falmouth. He had a kind heart and was known for his welcoming, warm smile. Ed devoted his life to his family and friends. Both in his personal life and in his career as an educator, Ed touched countless lives in ways that cannot be expressed, and he will be forever missed. He was the beloved husband of 58 years to the late Nancy May (Gurka) Taudel, who died in May of 2018, and leaves two loving children, Dawn M. Davis of Westfield, and Gary E. Taudel and his wife Cynthia of Sturbridge; four grandchildren, Sara, Michael, Timothy, and Alexis; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Edward was predeceased by his son-in-law, Brent Davis and his nine siblings, Antoinette (Edna), Louise, Michael, Veronica, Helen, Daniel, Rosalie, Leokadia and John. A private funeral will be held at the Byron Keenan Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen St., in Springfield, on Friday, June 5th followed by a public graveside service with Military Honors at 12 noon in section Q of Hillcrest Park Cemetery, 895 Parker Street, in Springfield, MA. All are welcome to attend the committal service but social distancing and a mask will be required. Memorial donations may be made to Sisters of Saint Joseph of Springfield, 577 Carew Street Springfield, MA 01104.
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