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Evelyn Schoen, 93

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Evelyn Gertrude "Chummy" (Honan) Schoen, 93, of Williamstown died Monday June 10, 2019, at her home.

She was born in Naugatuck, CT, on May 19, 1926, the second of three daughters of the late Michael Honan and Ethel (McEneaney) Honan. She attended Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross in Washington, DC, and later in life graduated from North Adams State College with a degree in History.

Chummy was a devoted mother and homemaker who was active in the community, enjoyed her many friends and bridge groups, playing golf into her 80s and, with her husband of 56 years, tirelessly traveling the world. She was active in the League of Women Voters and Williamstown Garden Club and was a longtime volunteer at North Adams Regional Hospital, the Women’s Exchange and the annual Milne Library book sales. She was a communicant of Sts. Patrick and Raphael Parish.

Her husband James R. Schoen, whom she met at a Naval Academy ball and married on September 28, 1946, died May 11, 2004.

Survivors include her daughter, Evelyn Gillet of Poulsbo, WA, grandchildren Peter Gervais and Jacqueline Michelle Nathan and great-grandchildren Zain Nathan and Seetha Nathan; her son Michael Schoen and his wife Nicky of Norfolk, VA; son Jerome Schoen of New Salem, MA, granddaughters Rebecca Schoen and Jamie Schoen and great-granddaughter Sophia Lombardo;  son Daniel Schoen and his wife Anita of Melrose, MA, and Montana; son Timothy Schoen of Williamstown; son James Schoen and his wife Stephanie Crockett of Victor, ID, and grandchildren Phillip Schoen and Sophie Schoen); daughter Amy Backiel and her husband Matthew of Williamstown and grandchildren Hannah Backiel and Alexander Backiel; and her son Christopher Schoen of Salem, MA. She also leaves her sisters Sr. Mary Jane Honan of Notre Dame, IN, and Jean Frennesson of Naugatuck, CT, as well as her niece Susan Frennesson and nephew David Frennesson.

The family would like to thank the staff and dedicated professionals of Sweetwood of Williamstown, Home Instead Senior Care and Hospice Services of Western MA for the devotion and love with which they cared for our mother.

Funeral notice: Graveside services and a celebration of her life will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be directed to St. Patrick's Food Pantry or to the Western Massachusetts Alzheimer's Association through the Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Home, West Chapels, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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So very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My sincere condolences. May the memories of happier days give strength in your time of sadness
from: Jerry and Danon: 06-24-2019

I loved Chummy and Jim...sad day,will always remember our g and t's and watching the asparagus grow.
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