Artek John Langworthy

  • Born: August 20, 2018
  • Died: May 21, 2020
  • Location: Merrimack, New Hampshire

Pillsbury Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium

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Littleton, NH 03561

Tel. (603) 444-3311

Tribute & Message From The Family

On Thursday, May 21st a treasure was lost when Artek John Langworthy died suddenly. He was 21 months old and loved by all who knew him. He was the son of Joanna (Dybciak) Langworthy and Paul Richard Langworthy of Merrimack.

Artek was a special little guy. He came rushing into this world on August 20, 2018, born just minutes after arriving at the hospital in Nashua, and came out so quickly that he bruised his whole face on the way. He was a strong and athletic boy who always seemed to be rushing into the next big challenge.

Artek loved to move and he loved to dance, and he was already dancing while holding hands before he could even stand on his own. He always perked up whenever a tune or a beat was heard that he could move his body to. He would demand that Sesame Street be played whenever he had a chance, and he danced furiously to every crazy song (especially if Elmo or Cookie Monster were involved).

Artek was curious about everything around him: never getting bored, always examining every new thing in his world, and always finding new things to play with. His attention span seemed limitless. He played more with the pots, pans, and spoons from the kitchen than anything else, but he loved to browse through picture books, stack up blocks, ride around on whatever vehicle he could find, and bounce around on piled up couch cushions.

Artek was always drawn to people and had a way of making people remember him wherever he went. He adored his older sister Nadia- always trying to imitate her or get her attention. Nobody could make him laugh quite like his sister could. He was an amazing hugger, and he always found a way to get an extra hug or two from mom or dad every day.

Artek taught us all how to live in the moment: he was always smiling, waving hello, blowing kisses, cuddling, and making time for a well-deserved nap. He pried our hearts open wider than we ever thought possible, and his short, brilliant life will be remembered forever by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Nadia Anna Langworthy of Merrimack; his maternal grandparents Alek and Barbara Dybciak of Jaroslaw, Poland; his paternal grandparents, Richard H. and Barbara M. (Smith) Langworthy of Franconia; and by many aunts, uncles, and cousins in both the US and Poland. He was predeceased by his grandmother Anna Dybciak and his uncle John R. Langworthy.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Snows Church followed by burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Franconia. In memory of Artek, please send donations to Sesame Workshop at
…and do a crazy little dance for him!

Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Manchester, is in charge of arrangements. To view an Online Tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit

Condolence & Memory Journal


I and my wife Barb are deeply saddened by your loss. What a handsome boy! He looks like he was a lot of fun. We send our prayers and love and know he is in Jesus' arms.

Duff and Barb Kirklewski

Posted by Duff and Barb Kirklewski - Bellingham, MA - Coworker   June 02, 2020

Asia and Paul
My deepest condolences to you and Nadia. Artek, in his short life showed us how to our own life, with spirit and enthusiasm. May his memory be blessing.

Posted by Mike Adler - Franconia, NH - Friend   May 31, 2020

My very deepest condolences go out to the whole family during this very tragic, sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Sarah Pinney - sugar Hill, NH - Friend   May 30, 2020

As I extend my deepest sympathy for the loss of your son Artek John, my words are not adequate to express the sorrow I feel for your loss. Every bit of my heart goes out to you during this most difficult time, as your family is very close in my every thought and prayer. My prayer for you is that God will give you strength to face the coming days ahead.

Posted by Nsncy SWINIARSKI - DRACUT, MA - Coworker   May 30, 2020

His bright eyes and smile show how much joy he brought into this world. We are heartbroken for you and sending much love.

Posted by The Ruyffelaerts - Merrimack, NH - Family Friend   May 30, 2020


Artek, In the short time you were with us, you had a huge impact on all who met you. Rest in peace little guy.

Posted by Jim & Connie Huggett - Franconia, NH - Family Friend   May 29, 2020

Dearest Joanna and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Artek was such a beautiful boy, inside and out. He was bright, curious, outgoing, and always full of smiles. You should feel very proud for the life he had. You provided a home filled with love, learning and laughter. He truly was a lucky boy. We are sorry he was taken from you and the world so soon. We hope it helps in some small way to know that we are thinking about you and that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

Posted by Caren Friedman - Newton, MA - Friend   May 29, 2020

Joanna and Paul ....
My heart is broken for you all.
It's hard for me to find words suitable at the moment. I don't even try to imagine how much it hurts you, how much you suffer and miss Artek. But you must be strong for the memory of him, and above all now for Natka. She will help you survive all this.
I am with you in my thoughts and I support you as much as I can.
And I will always remember about Artek, although I did not have the opportunity to meet him personally. It certainly was great and lovely.
I will pray fervently for Artek and his angelic soul. Now Artek is already in paradise and there he met his grandmother Ania and uncle John and he is dancing with them now, to the joy of the other angels.

My deepest condolences to you ...

Posted by Edyta Dybciak - Poland - Family   May 29, 2020

What a beautiful tribute to a real angel. I am so sorry for the loss of your little boy. It's not fair that Artek was taken from you so soon. Please know we are thinking of you, praying for you and sending gentle hugs.

Posted by Karen Steele - Atkinson, NH   May 28, 2020

Going to miss this lil guy so much! Thoughts and prayers to the family! May he shine down in every way possible and watch over you all and his precious sister Nadia.

Posted by Renea - Nashua, NH - Teacher   May 28, 2020

Paul and Joanna, we were heartbroken to hear about your loss. All of our love to you and your family!

Posted by Dave and Melissa Landry - Roslindale, MA - Coworker   May 28, 2020

We are so sorry for your immeasurable loss.
John and Pam, friends of Magda and Tomek

Posted by Pamela Beecy - Manchester, NH - Family Friend   May 28, 2020


I am very sorry for you loss Joanna. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May Artek's memory be eternal !

Posted by George Tragiou - Haverhill, MA - Coworker   May 28, 2020

My deepest condolences to you all. Artek was an amazing little soul and taken much too soon. He will forever be remembered and my heart is broken for you all. I was blessed to be have known and been touched by this special little guy. Your forever in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Susan Rieth - Mont Vernon, NH   May 27, 2020

I'm so sorry for your family Asia. You are in my thoughts.

Posted by Mary Ley - Jaffrey, NH - Family Friend   May 27, 2020

Thinking of you and your whole family all the time.

Posted by Marta K. - Watford - Friend   May 27, 2020

We are with you in spirit. Let us know if there's anything we can do to help you with anything.

Posted by Dave & Janet Dubiel - Franconia, NH - Family Friend   May 27, 2020

I am so sorry to your whole family.

Posted by Brendan O'Brien - Shrewsbury, MA - friend   May 27, 2020

My thoughts and prayers to the family as they go through this difficult time
Candy Scarale

Posted by Candy Scarale - Gardner ma, MA - Friend   May 27, 2020


My heart is broken... R.I.P., Sunshine!

Posted by Ewa Ch. - Bydgoszcz - Friend   May 27, 2020

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