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Jeannette "Jan" (Cooley) Roberge

WHATELY - Jeannette "Jan" (Cooley) Roberge, 74, of Chestnut Plain Road, died on March 23, 2012 at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield.  She was born on Feb. 27, 1938 in Springfield, the daughter of the late Marjorie (Harris) and Emerson Schieding and George Cooley. She was educated in local schools and graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in journalism.  She worked as a town correspondent for the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Greenfield Recorder when her children were young. She worked at Caldor's in Northampton for many years and then at Atkins Farm Country Store until she retired two years ago.

Jeannette was a member of the First Congregational Church of Whately for 46 years. She was a former deacon, served on various committees and sang in the choir. Jeannette was an active member of the Whately Grange and Connecticut Valley Pomona for 47 years. She served as Master, Secretary and Lecturer as well as in other capacities. She was a Deputy in the MA state grange and enjoyed attending National Grange sessions. She sang with Jack Ramey in the Conway Community Chorus for several years.  Jeannette was an avid supporter of a variety of organizations including National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, Whately Land Preservation and many Native American activist groups.   She loved reading, sewing, crafts, writing, music, gardening, walking, camping and traveling. She was happiest surrounded by her family. 


Jeannette was married to Charles W. Roberge in 1955. They settled in Whately where they raised their family. They were married for 38 years until Charles' untimely death in 1993. Jeannette is survived by her children and their spouses: Renee and John Harvey of Worthington, Jacqueline and Len Kahl of Montague, Charles William and Deborah Roberge of Virginia and Annette Fortier and Amanda Griffith of Shutesbury; her grandchildren: Johnathan Hall, Jennifer Harvey, Ashley Santos, Bryan Harvey, Zackery Fortier and Bridgette Fortier, and her great-grandson, Owen Feliciano. She is also survived by her sister, Louise and Richard Fessenden of Indiana, and her beloved cat, Sam.

There will be no calling hours.
A memorial service-celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Whately. Following the service, there will be a luncheon sponsored by the Ladies Benevolent Society. The burial will be private in the West Whately Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Labre Indian School, Department of Major and Planned Gifts, P.O. Box 216, Ashland, MT 59003.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wrisley's Funeral Home in South Deerfield


Memorial contributions may be made to St. Labre Indian School, Department of Major and Planned Gifts, PO Box 216, Ashland, MT  59003