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Janice Richards, 85

Janice Marie (O’Neil) Richards, 85, of North Adams, died on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in North Adams on February 16, 1935 a daughter of the late Bernard Francis and Dorothy Rose (Cheney) O’Neil. She attended local schools. She married her husband, Valmore Leon Richards on June 11, 1955. They were married 65years, six months and 27 days. She was first employed at Wall Streeter Shoe and then as a custodian at Williams College.

Mrs. Richards was a former communicant of St. Francis Church. She will be remembered as the ultimate caretaker with a heart of gold. She was the strong link in her family and beyond. She dearly loved her husband, daughter and lived for her granddaughters. She took pride in her home and her yard, always cleaning and tending to daily work, especially ironing and vacuuming. She loved her weekly trip to the hairdresser’s and when she finally sat down to relax, she loved to watch the Hallmark Channel and old movies.

Survivors include her husband, Valmore, her daughter, Rosemarie Dzierga and her husband Stephen of Adams, MA and two granddaughters, Jordanna Sorentino and her husband, Dr. Jesse Sorentino of New Haven, CT and Dr. Briell Dzierga of Charelston, SC. She also leaves two sisters, Patricia Tatro of North Adams and Debra Green of Clarksburg and three brothers; Clarence Degrenier of FL, Bernard O’Neil of FL and Donald O’Neil of North Adams and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by two brothers, Norman Degrenier and Robert O’Neil.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Janice Richards will be celebrated at 11a.m. on Wednesday, January 13 at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in North Adams. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the AYJ Fund or PopCares in care of the FLYNN AND DAGOLI FUNERAL HOME, CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall Street North Adams, MA 01247. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday , January 13, 2021 at 11 AM at St. Elizabeth Church in North Adams, MA.

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Words can not express the sense of loss of this beautiful woman. She truly was one of the greatest women I've ever had as a role model my whole life. I was blessed to call her my Aunt but she was so much more to me and so many in het family especially. To Rosie/Steve and the girls and Uncle Val and the whole family, my deepestest sympathy. May you all take comfort in each other and may she now RIP. Forever loved and will never be forgotten.
from: Cindy l Cavanaughon: 01-11-2021

Dear Valmore, I remember the sweet lady who looked after you so carefully. May happy memories help you through this difficult time.
from: Esther Herrick Concord, N.H.on: 01-11-2021

Val, so sorry to hear of your wife's passing. Sending condolences and thinking about you...
from: Skeets Richardson: 01-11-2021

Dearest cousin Valmore, we are so sorry for the loss of your beloved wife. May you seek the Lord for peace and comfort during this difficult time.
from: Alcide E Bachandon: 01-11-2021

I am sorry to read about your mom s passing. Sending hugs your way. You are in our thoughts and prayers
from: Karen Lefaveon: 01-10-2021

Rosie sorry to hear about your mother. She will be missed by all. Carry her wonderful memories in your heart.
from: Anita Mosheron: 01-10-2021

Rosie so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. May your memories of her help you in this difficult time.
from: Karen Cooperon: 01-09-2021

Rosie, I am so sorry to hear about your momís passing. May happy memories bring you smiles in the coming days
from: Maureen Taft Mooreon: 01-09-2021