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Roseann E. Shakar, 93

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Roseann Elizabeth (Vigna) Shakar, 93, of North Adams, Mass., died Friday March 8, 2019, at Williamstown Commons.

She was born in North Adams, Mass., on February 2, 1926, daughter of Frank and Carolina (Gallenese) Vigna. She attended local schools and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1944.

Roseann was employed at Sprague Electric Co. for 45 years until her retirement in 1988. She was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Roseann was a member of the Lebanese Social Club. She enjoyed knitting, reading and walking and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was the widow of John George Shakar, who died on July 13, 2011. They were married on September 26, 1953.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Racette and her partner, Peter, of North Adams and Jacqueline Shakar and her partner Debra of Sutton, MA; three grandchildren, including Matthew Racette and his wife, Stephanie, Michael Racette and his wife, Margaret, and Joshua Racette and his girlfriend Laura; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by one sister and five brothers including Mary Esposito, Joseph, Thomas, Louis, Anthony and Rocco Vigna and three siblings who died in infancy.

Funeral notice: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Roseann Shakar will be celebrated Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery. Calling hours at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA are Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 4-7 PM. Memorial donations may be made to St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church or the Williamstown Commons Activities Fund in care of the funeral home. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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Mary Ann & Jackie,
Sending our condolences on the passing of your mom. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. My dad passed on March 8th in 2015.

Karen & Bob Morris
from: Karenon: 03-13-2019

Sending my sympathy for your family’s loss... beautiful woman and couple so respected by all who knew you Mom and Dad... May you be comforted by memories
from: Cheryl Lefaveon: 03-13-2019

Mary Ann & Jackie. Your mom and dad were two of the nicest people I have ever met. I was so happy to have visited with her over the last couple months. My condolences and prayers
from: Dave Nuvallieon: 03-13-2019

My deepest condolence to your family, heaven has gained another angel, John must be smiling.
from: O'Dessa Harleyon: 03-12-2019

So sorry for your loss Maryanne you were a good daughter and took good care of your mom and I know she loved you dearly!
from: Christine girardon: 03-12-2019

So sorry Mary Ann for your loss. My sympathies to you and your family.
from: christopher roweon: 03-11-2019

I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of a great lady. I remember living next door to Mrs. Shaker as we were told by my parents to call all adults Mrs. Or Mr. May you now rest neighbor and to your family may God Bless you and help you all thru this sad and difficult time.
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