NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Jean Elaine Faustini, 79, of Dean Street, died Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Berkshire Medical Center.
Born in North Adams on Feb. 11, 1935, a daughter of Eugene and Alice Benoit Bellows, she graduated from the former Notre Dame Grammar School and completed its commercial course.
Mrs. Faustini was employed for many years as a telephone operator by the former New England Telephone Co., until her retirement in 1985.
She was an active communicant of the former Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur Church. She was devoted to her church, singing in the choir, teaching Confraternity of Christian Doctrine and volunteered at many of its functions. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Pius X Award for outstanding service in religious education. She was a member of the Catholic Charities and a member of the Telephone Pioneers. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo. She lived life to the fullest and was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.
Her husband, Ernest P. Faustini Sr., whom she married on Feb. 13, 1954, in Notre Dame Church, died on Dec. 21, 1985.
She leaves her daughter, Deanna Faustini, her loving caregiver of 10 years with whom she lived; a son, Christopher E. Faustini of Smithfield, Va.; a brother, Lawrence Bellows of North Adams; a sister, Loretta Cwalinski of Adams; four granddaughters, Lynn, Sara, Nicole and Emma Faustini, a great-grandson, Dylan, and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sons Ernest Faustini Jr., on April 28, 1978, and Daniel J. Faustini, on April 27, 2010, her sister Alice Lesnick and a sister in infancy.
FUNERAL NOTICE — A Liturgy of Christian Burial to celebrate the life of Mrs. Faustini will be held on Friday, June 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in North Adams. Burial will be at a later date.
Calling hours will be Thursday, June 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, Central Chapels, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247. Donations in her memory may be made to Meals on Wheeler Program or Berkshire Humane Society through the funeral home.