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Janet Ann (Szczebak) Orcutt

August 21, 1946 ~ April 6, 2020 (age 73)


Janet Ann (Szczebak) Orcutt, 73, passed away April 6, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Ludlow on August 21, 1946 to the late Peter and Angela (Smola) Szczebak, she was a lifelong area resident. After attending Newton College of the Sacred Heart, Janet worked as a bookkeeper at Aaron, Smith, and Bergman Accounting for many years.  An avid birdwatcher, she was a member and past president of the Allen Bird Club in Springfield.  Over the years she led many local bird walks and bird counts.  She was also a member of the Springfield Naturalists' Club.  Janet loved to hike and was proud of completing the entire 114-mile Metacomet-Monadnock Trail in MA and NH.  Janet's home was the place where the extended family often gathered and where holidays were celebrated for many years.

She leaves her son, David Szczebak, and his wife Dianne of Upton; two brothers, Peter Szczebak of Stewart Landing, NY and Edd Szczebak of Indian Orchard; a sister, Mary Szczebak, of Wilbraham; two granddaughters, Katerina and Eliana Szczebak, and many other family members and friends. Janet was also married many happy years to the late William (Gerry) Orcutt of Springfield

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all services are private. A celebration of Janet’s life will be held at a later date.

To honor Janet’s love of birds, memorial contributions may be made to the Allen Bird Club, P.O. Box 1084, Springfield MA  01101. To express online condolences, please visit

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