CHICOPEE – Stanley J. Gula, Sr., 88, a native and lifelong resident of Chicopee, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2012 in the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. Born on July 11, 1923, the son of the late John and Tecla (Soja) Gula, he was educated in local schools and proudly entered the U. S. Army in 1943 and attained the rank of Corporal. During his service he was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, the EAME Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal. His employment career began at the former Springfield Armory as a machinist where he worked until its closing and then became a civilian employee at Westover Reserve Base in Chicopee working as a manager in Office Supply at the base store. He retired in 1988. Stanley was a communicant of the former Holy Name Church, was a member of American Legion Post 452 in Chicopee, was an avid candlepin bowler and enjoyed following Legion Baseball. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy A. (Archambeault) Gula in 2006, his brother, Eugene and two sisters, Genevieve and Emily. He leaves his three sons, Stanley J. Gula, Jr. of Springfield, Michael Gula of Nurnberg, Germany and Joseph A. Gula of Easton, PA, 4 grandchildren, Michael P. Gula, Steven J. Gula, Peter Gula and Nicole Gula and two sisters, Cora and Stephanie. The funeral will be held on Saturday beginning at the Corridan Funeral Home, 333 Springfield St., Chicopee at 9 a.m. with the Mass of Christian Burial being celebrated in the former Assumption Church, 104 Springfield St., Chicopee at 10. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday, April 13, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. Contributions in Stanley’s memory are requested to be made to the Soldiers’ Home, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA, 01040.