Jean, June Frances, 82, of Madison, CT
A celebration of the life of June Frances Jean will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Christ Chapel, 1185 Durham Road, Madison, CT. Service at 1 pm followed by a reception for family and friends from 2-5 pm. Interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Medford, MA will be done at a later date.
June Frances Jean was born on June 26, 1936, the long awaited daughter of Stephen and Mabel “Frances” Berecz. June was the older sister of the late Ruthann Chapas with whom she shared many a laugh and adventures, and is survived by her beloved brother, Stephen Berecz. June’s love and exuberance for life is mirrored in the faces and hearts of all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a loving and dedicated mother to her five children and her children-in-laws: Arthur L. Jean and his wife Anne, Stephen A. Jean and his late wife Maureen, Wendy Jean Hackett and her husband David, Lori-Anne Harries and her husband James, and Heidi Jean-Shepherd and her husband Ross. June treasured and was adored by her grandchildren and their spouses, Rori Jean with Stefanie and John, Lindsey (Jean) Ferraco and her husband Nick, Karlee Hackett and her fiancé Brandon, Frankie Jean in heaven, Kevin Harries and wife Kellie, Zachery Shepherd and wife Megin, Jacob Hackett, Eric Harries and wife Samantha, Kacey (Shepherd) Way and husband Brandon, Bryan Jean, and Tucker Hackett. June cherished and found joy in her great grandchildren, Jack and Coco Jean Nelson-Tyler, Tyler and Emily Ferraco, and Jackson Harries. She leaves many cousins, nieces, and nephews whom she loved dearly. Family was everything to June and she rarely missed a life event of any of her children or grandchildren despite being a single mother of 5 and working full-time for most of her life. A more loving and caring woman would be hard to find; she was an example of just how much one life can have a profound positive effect on others and the world around her. She will be greatly missed by the many, many friends that became her extended “family”; she couldn’t help becoming a mother and grandmother to all that entered her life. June also leaves behind many dear friends from all over the country but especially in the Madison Villas in The Villages, Florida where she spent her winters with her best friend of 50 years Barbara McNabb. A very special thank you to Angie Echevarria, Nina Horowitz, Sarah Mougalian, Maureen Raucci, and all the many others that brought comfort, care, and friendship throughout June’s battle with cancer, you all held a special place in June’s heart and the hearts of her family.
June had an accomplished career as a hospital administrator, starting as a nursing home cook and working her way up to Director of Nutritional Services at several New England hospitals. She was the founding president of the Shoreline Chapter of AARP and enjoyed volunteering for meals-on-wheels and several other causes she held dear.
June was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2014 which she fought hard and won many battles, collecting many more friends she called family along the way. To know her truly was to love her. Her love, dedication, strength, and tenacity, were the guiding principles have evolved through a life that had family, friends, and faith as its very foundation.
June died at home after spending an emotional, love filled weekend of laughter, caffeine, donuts, and Hallmark movies with her family surrounding her. Each will carry a piece of her within their hearts. June’s journey has ended here on earth but as long as those she loved continue to emulate her kindness, stand up for what is right, appreciate what they cherish, and love one another unconditionally, she will always be here. There is no doubt that June is now with those that went before her and is continuing to love and be loved by all.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to: The Food Allergy Network, Smilow Cancer Hospital, or any cause you hold dear.