Jeanne (Douville) Peculis, 59, of Brimfield died Thursday,
Feb. 17, 2011, at UMass Memorial Hospital, after waging a courageous 15 year battle with Lupus. Her husband of 28 years, John R. Peculis, passed on May 11, 2005. She leaves 2 sons: John T. and his wife Melanie Peculis of Charlton, and Matthew Peculis of Brimfield (formerly Charlton) and his fiancée Nicole Desrosiers, her mother Elizabeth E. (Fritz) Douville of Westhampton, MA, and 2 sisters: Lorraine Galica of Westhampton, MA, and Karen Douville of Bay City, MI, 2 grandchildren: Elyse and Daphne Peculis, and many nieces and nephews.
Jeanne was very knowledgeable and passionate with both genealogy and Native American Folklore/life (participating in many area Pow-Wows over the years). She enjoyed spending time with her growing family, sewing, gardening, walking in the woods, enjoying music, and craft-making. She graduated from Holy Name H.S. and Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She dedicated her working life to helping others as a Registered Nurse (for 30 years) at area hospitals and Harrington Home Care as a visiting nurse.
After being diagnosed with Lupus in 1996, Jeanne made the choice to continue to live her life on her terms. Every day, she chose a positive outlook, and was an absolute inspiration to everyone she came into contact with. Even with the premature death of her husband in 2005 and her worsening personal prognosis, Jeanne remained optimistic about her role on this Earth, providing hope and laughter to family and friends. Jeanne will be best remembered for her selfless acts of giving (both physically and spiritually), as her legacy lives on through the many souls she touched over her lifetime.
Calling hours will be Feb. 22, 2011, Tuesday from 5-7PM at Sansoucy Funeral Home (
www.sansoucyfuneral.com) 40 Marcy St. Southbridge with a funeral home service at 7PM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
2000 L Street, N.W., Suite 710
Washington, DC 20036
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