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Bettyann Mekal
September 26, 2022


Bettyann (Phaneuf) Mekal, age 71, passed away on Sept. 26, 2022. She was born on February 25, 1951 in Chicopee, a daughter of the late Philias and Rita (Martel) Phaneuf of Springfield St and her stepmom Alice (Botta) Phaneuf, who was as kind and sweet as her own mom was. Bettyann was a 1969 graduate of Cathedral High School and attended Holyoke Community College. Bettyann worked for her beloved Big Y for 47 years until her retirement, the last 30 at the St. James Ave location. She is survived by her beloved husband of 48 years, Richard Mekal of Chicopee; two sons, Zachary Mekal and his wife Kristyn of Cumming, GA and Ben Mekal and his wife Elissa of Milton, MA; three much loved grandchildren Camryn (16), Jacoby (14) and Conor (5); one brother Paul Phaneuf and his wife Jeanne-Marie of Sandy Hook, CT; three sisters, Jean Zola and her husband Henry of Holden, MA, Nancy Reese and her husband James of Fairfield, CT and Margaret Puza and her husband Bill “King” Puza of Windham ME; She leaves the Mekal in-laws Tom and Betsy, Steve and Donna, Joan and Al Morneau and Eileen; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins from the Phaneuf and Mekal family. She also leaves her best friend from childhood Bunsie and John Dominik. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Grise Funeral Home, 280 Springfield St, Chicopee. Funeral will be held on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian burial in Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Assumption Church at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit

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Grisé Funeral Home
280 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013