Lawrence Frederick Berestka

August 31, 1944November 6, 2018
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Lawrence F. Berestka (74) passed away on November 6th, 2018 after a battle with MDS. Grew up in Hadley, MA. More recently in Princeton, MA and retired in Surprise, AZ. Larry is survived by his wife of 55 years Dolores Berestka (Bussiere), daughter Laura Allard, son-in-law Paul Allard, son Larry C. Berestka, grandson Chris Allard and his wife Hannah Allard, granddaughter Jessica Allard and her significant other Joe Andrejco, and brothers Ron and Ken Berestka. He is predeceased by his parents Frank and Arela Berestka. He spent over 20 years at Clinton Savings Bank in Clinton, MA and retired as bank president and CEO. Larry was the past president of the Rotary Club, member of Mass Bankers Association, and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes. He served on SBLI Committees. Upon retirement he was a Major Gifts Director of Fundraising for the March of Dimes and he led a fundraiser for the Prince of Peace Parish in Princeton, MA. He was a dedicated outdoorsman, successful fly fisherman, and deer hunter holding the Massachusetts record for largest deer in 2005. Larry hunted in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Arizona. Traveled most of the Caribbean Islands and Mexico. He was educated at Hopkins Academy (class of ’62), Greenfield Community College, Mass Bankers Association, Fairfield University, and Babson College. A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 18th at 3pm at Surprise Funeral Care 16063 W Bell Rd, Surprise, AZ 85374. Donations can be made to the Dana Farber/Jimmy Fund for Neuroblastoma and MDS research at P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via Donations can also be made to Hospice of the Valley at 14066 W Waddell Rd, Surprise, AZ 85379.


  • Memorial Celebration Sunday, November 18, 2018

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Linda Lavigne

November 18, 2018

I met Larry when he came to work for Holyoke Savings Bank. He was hired to be our supervisor on the mortgage and loan teller side.
I remember when he got the bad news of his son's cancer. We were all devastated for him and I think all went well for the baby, however, it had to be terrible to bear.
After Larry left, we never heard from him, so we lost touch. I often wondered what he was doing-and did very well in banking from the newspaper article.
Please accept my deepest sympathy to you the family.

Linda Lavigne

Louise M Anderson

November 18, 2018

I was sorry to hear about Larry's passing. I knew him when he worked at Holyoke Savings Bank. I worked at Hadley Falls Trust which was across the street.
He made his way to the top in banking. I was aware of his climb to the top .
I was proud of him as he married my cousin Dolores to share in his success.
I wish I had let Dolores and Larry know how proud I was of his success.
Nothing I can say will ease the pain of such a loss. Hopefully time will help.
I'm so sorry Dolores.
Love, Louise

Bruce Englund

November 17, 2018

RIP OL FRIEND--GREAT GUY--GOOD HUNTER AND LIKED "COORS" --Phyllis n I will miss your hunting visits!!! SO SORRY TO THE Berestka FAMILY!!

Donald and Kathie Pipczynski

November 17, 2018


I just learned of Larry's illness from Kenny on November 7th, and was saddened to read of his passing only ten days later.
Kathie and I would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. We have never seen a memorial video and this was a wonderful tribute to Larry's life and his family. It also reminded us of the parents we both had who instilled the virtues of hard work, honesty and integrity in their children in a special place called North Hadley.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cycz Family

November 17, 2018

Always hold on to the best of memories ~ many thoughts and prayers are with you; North Hadley will always remember ~

KEVIN O'Malley

November 16, 2018

Dolores, it broke my heart when I heard Larry passed away. Always a gentleman, always had a chuckle and a good smile. Enjoyed working with him, loved the endless conversations about the joy of wine.. his hunting stories were outstanding but most of all his expression of love and affection for his family especially you his bride, will always be remembered by Diane & I. A rare class act of a human being, you are in our prayers.

Diane & Kevin O'Malley