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Mary Jean (Russell) Jandzinski

FLORENCE - Mary Jean Jandzinski, 55, passed away at her home in Florence on Saturday, March 2, 2013, with her loving family by her side.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Donald ""Skip"" Jandzinski; her parents, Frank and Joan (Frye) Russell; her sister Nancy Copson; and brother Richard Russell.

Mary is survived and lovingly remembered by her son, Gregory Baye Jr., and his wife, Lora Baye, of Delray Beach, Fla., and her daughter, Christine Church, and her husband, Robert Church, of Easthampton; her companion Alan Friedman of Hillsdale, N.Y.; brothers James Russell of Hadley, and William Russell of Winchester, N.H.; sister Alice Russell of Greenfield; and loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and numerous friends.

Mary was born in Northampton in 1957. She attended Northampton schools and graduated from Northampton High School in 1975. Mary went on to earn an associate's degree in laboratory sciences from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1979.

Mary worked in the health care field for all of her career. She was employed by Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Baystate Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente and most recently went on to manage the practice of the Pioneer Valley Ophthalmic Consultants in Greenfield.

Mary was an active volunteer and devoted much of her free time at Horizons for Homeless Children in Springfield. She enjoyed golfing, running and gardening and loved spending time at the beach with her family and friends.

She will be most remembered for her enduring positivity and genuine kindness.

Calling hours for Mary will take place at Pease and Gay Funeral Home, 425 Prospect St., Northampton, on March 8, 2013, from 3 to 6 p.m. The service will begin at 6 p.m. A reception for family and friends will follow at 7 p.m. at the Garden House at Look Memorial Park, 300 North Main St., Florence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Baystate Visiting Nurse and Hospice, P.O. Box 9058, Springfield, MA 01102-9058 or Horizons for Homeless Children, at the Development Office, Horizons for Homeless Children, 1705 Columbus Ave., Roxbury, MA 02119.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 6, 2013
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