Jeanne Chiasson Synan died peacefully at home surrounded by her large family. Born in Waltham, Massachusetts on March 4, 1918, Jeanne achieved her goal of living to be 100 years old. Jeanne was the daughter of Gilbert and Eveline (Vienneau) Chiasson. She was one of five children. Jeanne was predeceased by her beloved husband George, her siblings, Arthur, Edward, Paul and Genevieve, and her son-in-law, Gerry Felski. Jeanne graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Waltham, where she was an honor student and a member of the debating and dramatics clubs. She received a full scholarship to Emmanuel College in 1935 but was unable to attend because her family needed her to work. Jeanne worked for a year in Boston preparing entrance exams for Boston College High. She then worked for eight years in the Office of the Controller at the Waltham Watch Factory. In 1943, she married George C. (Buddy) Synan. They were married in St. Joseph Church in Waltham, MA on October 23, 1943 and were blessed with over 65 years of marriage. They began their married life in Brooklyn, NY and moved to West Springfield, MA in 1969. Jeanne and Buddy were the loving parents of six beautiful children: George W. and Carleen Synan of Southold, NY, Jeanne M. and RJ Belanger of Orrington, ME, Kathleen A. and the late Gerald Felski of Merrimack, NH, Eleanor S. and Michael G. McCormack of Arlington, VA, Paul M. and Ann Synan of West Springfield, MA and Thomas J. Synan and Mary McGowan of Bedford, NH. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren: George R. and Shannon Synan, Carleen J. and Joe Bonocore, Keith P. and Cindy Synan, Karen M. and John Sartori, Matthew J. Felski and Devon Beaver, Patrick M. and Lane McCormack, Kevin J. McCormack, Margery E. McCormack-Drescher and Craig Drescher, Daniel G. and Nakima McCormack, Timothy J. and Jamie McCormack, Lisa C. Synan, Kathleen A. and Andrew Greges, P. Michael and Stephanie Synan, Patrick M. Synan, Liam T. Synan, Sheila J. Synan, 16 great grandchildren: Riley, Haley, Kaila, Ryan, Ashley, Emma, Sarah, Hannah, Benjamin, Maureen, Jack, Ella, Cora, Samuel, Landon, Brayden, and many nieces and nephews. Although she could not attend college, Jeanne had an endless passion for knowledge and the arts. She was a native French speaker and an expert on English grammar. She loved Latin and Native American history. She began to take piano lessons at age 18 and mastered many classical pieces over her lifetime, but her favorite pieces to play were Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer. No Synan family gathering was complete without an evening of piano and song. Jeanne was also a gifted painter, quilter and master rug braider. Simply put, she made everything beautiful. Jeanne’s home was the place everyone wanted to be. Her storytelling ability was legendary and her sense of humor was extraordinary. One of the most amazing things about Jeanne was her ability to make new friends even until the end. She was interested in and remembered everything. When Jeanne turned 98 she received an official honors diploma from Emmanuel College. President Sister Janet Eisner, SND inscribed the diploma with the following: "For her unwavering dedication to her six children and family, for her deep passion for education and learning, and for the spirit and joy in which she has lived her life. These characteristics exemplify the ideals of excellence and strong, ethical values that are the hallmarks of Emmanuel’s Catholic educational mission."
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Emmanuel College, Office of Development & Alumni Relations, 400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115. In the memo line please indicate The Jeanne Chiasson Synan Memorial Scholarship. The funeral will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 9:00am from Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home, 1043 Westfield Street, West Springfield, MA followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00am at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Burial will be at 11:00 AM at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. Calling hours are Sunday, March 11, 2018 1:00pm to 3:00pm and 5:00pm to 7:00pm.