Janet Connelly
1938 - 2021
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Janet J. Connelly, 82, passed away on January 2, 2021 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Janet was a twin to her sister Joyce. They were born in Ludlow Massachusetts on June 24, 1938, to the late Frederick and Jeannette (Brooks) White.
Janet’s early life included enlisting as a cadet with the Civil Air Patrol. Janet and her sister Joyce had many fond memories of this experience, including establishing lifelong friendships with Ethel St. Onge and Sally Napuunoa. One of their fun activities was roller skating at the Rialto in Springfield. This is where Janet met her future husband and love of her life, Dave. Both Dave and Janet shared a love of travel and exploration, adventuring across the US as a young couple. In their later years they enjoyed tinkering and cruising in their antique cars.
Janet was an avid bowler at Riverdale Lanes where she played in a league. She was also a Cub Scout den mother for her 2 boys. Janet was always available to support her sons and protected them like a mother wolf to her cubs. Janet’s beloved husband Dave passed away suddenly in 1984, which had a tremendous impact on all of our lives. Janet never fully recovered from that loss but she did forge on as a strong mother. Janet’s resourcefulness, fortitude, survival skills, and the love of her boys, carried her through her final journeys in life.
Janet’s work history started at Carando Foods in Springfield where she prepared sausages and cured meats. In her later years she served as a matron with the Longmeadow Police department. Janet had an interest in town politics and was always willing to voice her colorful opinions.
Janet will be remembered by her friends and neighbors as helpful and caring. She was the “fixer” of anything broken, from non-starting cars, finicky snowblowers, to your best friend’s bike.
Besides her parents, husband, and twin sister Joyce, Janet was predeceased by her brothers Fred, Ronald, and Donald White. To cherish her memory, she leaves her sons Timothy D. Connelly and his wife Denise of Charlestown, RI and James F. Connelly and her beloved grandson Ryan Connelly of Longmeadow Mass.

Funeral services will be private for the family and have been entrusted to Forastiere Smith Funeral Home. A memorial service will be considered in the summer when the pandemic threat subsides.
Janet’s love of animals can be memorialized with a contribution to Dakin Humane Society, Springfield Mass, PO Box 6307, 01101. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.forastiere.com


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Published in The Republican from Jan. 15 to Jan. 17, 2021.
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January 18, 2021
Janet was the best neighbor anyone could ask for. She will be missed dearly.
Kelly Jakobek
Neighbor
January 18, 2021
Janet was the best neighbor anyone could ask for. She will be missed dearly.
Kelly Jakobek
Neighbor
January 17, 2021
Jim and Tim,
My deepest sympathy to the family. I will always cherish my memories of “Auntie” Joyce and “Auntie” Janet.
Teri Marceau
Teri
Family
January 17, 2021
Jim and Tim
My deepest sympathy to you. I will always cherish my memories of “Auntie” Joyce and “Auntie” Janet.
Teri Marceau
Teri
Family
January 17, 2021
Tim and Jim. So sorry to hear of your Mom passing. It seems like another lifetime, but we had some great times together. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Jean White (uncle Fred's wife)
January 16, 2021
Jim and Tim

Condolences to you and your family. May she rest in peace.

Paul Bearce
Paul Bearce
Friend
January 16, 2021
Our Condolences to the Family.
Rene & Rosemary Lajeunesse
Friend
January 15, 2021
Janet was a most interesting woman. She would ask my help for snowblower or mower projects. Sorry to read that she has passed.
neil Newman
Friend
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