Jean Isabell Cuddeback Pinsonnault
1923-2014 Jean Isabell Cuddeback Pinsonnault, 91, died Monday, April 28, at Sweet Brook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, shortly after sharing prayers with her pastor and several days of stories and readings with her family by her side. She was listening to music and wrapped in her daughter Lois's favorite purple shawl. Born in North Adams, Feb. 20, 1923, she was the daughter of Preston and Harriet Luby Cuddeback. She was a 1941 graduate of Drury High School. Jean was the widow of Bernard Alexander Pinsonnault, whom she married on Sept. 7, 1946, at the former Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs Church; he died on July 7, 1955. Jean worked at the former Sprague Electric, and, after raising her children, at the former Waverly Printing. She lived in Adams from the time of her marriage until January 2005, when she moved to Sweet Brook. She was a member of the New Hope United Methodist Church, formerly the First United Methodist Church of North Adams, which she joined in 1935, and of the Adams Senior Citizens Club. She loved music and dancing, fashion and shopping, movies and crossword puzzles, and, most of all, spending time with family and friends. A family gathering was not complete without Jean's Potatoes or her famous "Boob" Cookies (which other families call "Peanut Butter Blossoms"). Jean was often described as "feisty." Family and friends greatly admired her strength in raising her children on her own after the untimely death of her husband. Jean leaves two sons, Bernie of Adams and Gary of North Adams, and their wives, Dianne Cutillo and Beverly Hayden Pinsonnault; her daughter, Cindy Grunin of Pittsfield and her husband, Lenny; two grandsons, Travis Pinsonnault of North Adams and Evan Pinsonnault of Lansing, Mich.; four granddaughters, Emily Pinsonnault-Conley and her husband, Sean, of Lanesboro, Abby Pinsonnault of North Adams, Heather Grunin of Pittsfield, and Stacy Strain and her husband, John, of Pittsfield; and two great-granddaughters, Isabella Grunin and Maylee Pinsonnault Comstock. She was eagerly anticipating the birth of a third great-granddaughter, Ava Conley, due any day now. Jean was predeceased by her daughter Lois Pinsonnault Carrier, who died in 2012, and by two sisters, Mildred Butler and Margaret Lasher, and two brothers, Alfred "Buster" Cuddeback and Robert Cuddeback. Jean's family expresses heartfelt thanks to the staff at Sweet Brook who, over the years, cared for Jean and helped make her comfortable in her home there. Services for Jean I. Pinsonnault will be Saturday, May 3, at noon at TROTTIER-PRINGLE FUNERAL HOME, 6 Summer St., Adams, with Pastor Dan Randall of New Hope United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home will be from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday. Because a perennial favorite of Jean's was being with family and friends on Parade Day, memorial gifts may be made in lieu of flowers to the Fall Foliage Parade Committee, Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, 66 Allen St., Pittsfield MA 01201, attention Parade Director.
Trottier-Pringle Funeral Home
6 Summer St. Adams, MA 01220
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 1, 2014