(1934-2013) - Jeannette Anne (DeForge) DiFlumera, age 79, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, October 20, 2013. She was a longtime resident of Feeding Hills and was best known as “Mrs. D” or “Nana” to all who knew and loved her. Born in Dorchester, on May 1, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Irene (Clark) DeForge of Boston. Jeannette graduated from Cathedral High School in Boston in 1951. Out of high school, Jeannette was proud of the positions she held at the Chancery office in Brighton, as Secretary to Monsignor Thomas Finnegan from 1951-1956. After moving from Boston, Jeannette settled in Feeding Hills in 1966 where she proudly raised her four children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren where she remained until she died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Jeannette was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and worked at Sacred Heart rectory, serving the priests their meals and assisting in various duties there. She worked at convenience stores in town and everyone that knew her, loved her. She owned Mrs. D’s Country Store in Feeding Hills and enjoyed running it with her family. She worked at Big E’s, Community Laundry, Goodies and DB Mart, all of Agawam. Jeannette had many interests and hobbies. She was a beautiful singer and nothing was more important to her than her family and hockey. She was an avid Springfield Falcons fan and a longtime season ticket holder. She dedicated her time coaching and volunteering with Special Olympics of Westfield. She enjoyed co-chairing “Fun and Frolic” for all children with disabilities which was an organization providing activities for the disabled, in her hometown, Feeding Hills and surrounding areas. Above and beyond anything else, Jeannette’s proudest achievement was being a dedicated, loving mother and grandmother. Her family was her highest priority. Jeannette enjoyed having her home serve as a gathering place for neighbors, friends and family. Sunday cookouts with friends and family meant you could always count on being lifted up with one of her radiant smiles. She loved her pet cats and dogs, and they were considered part of the family.
Jeannette will be deeply missed by many. Jeannette was heartbroken by the loss of her loving eldest daughter, Barbara M. DiFlumera-Dionne on October 7, 2000. She leaves her heartbroken loving daughters, Lisa M. Pelletier and her husband Marc and she leaves her youngest daughter, Laura Jean DiFlumera, who was the love of her life, all from Feeding Hills. She leaves her granddaughter, Shannalyn M. (Strack) Barker and her husband Anthony. She leaves her two precious and loving great-grandchildren, Tyler and Olivia all of Westfield. She leaves her loving granddaughters, Sara McFarlin and her husband Dean of Waterbury, CT, and Ashley Pelletier of Ellington, CT. Jeannette also leaves her son, Joseph J. Jr. of Florida and loving grandchildren, Julie Joy DiFlumera and Joseph J. DiFlumera, III. She leaves her loving sister, Irene Henderson of Westfield. She also leaves her very loved cousins, William Gorman and his wife Susan of Kingston, MA, Patricia Sullivan of Lowell, MA, and Betty Lawton and her husband Ronald of CA. Jeannette also leaves her former husband, Joseph DiFlumera of Daytona Beach, FL and many other loving family members.
The funeral will be Thursday at 9am from the Agawam Funeral Home, 184 Main Street, with a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Church at 10. The burial will follow in Springfield Street Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday from 4-8pm. In lieu of flowers, Jeannette wishes to have donations made to the Pioneer Valley Special Olympics, 425 Union Street, West Springfield, MA 01089. The family wishes also to thank the Noble VNA and Hospice for their dedication and loving care, as well as the many wonderful PCA’s and Home Health Aides with a special thanks to Elizabeth Blazer of West Springfield, who’s true desire to brighten Jeannette’s life with her care, love and gentle personality, which enhanced her quality of life immensely.