<All Obituaries>
Printer Friendly Version

Jennie Strange, 90

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Jennie (Cozzaglio) Strange (90) passed away on February 16, 2021, in Bedford, New Hampshire.

Jennie was born in North Adams, MA, on August 7, 1930, the daughter of Michael D. and Maria Rosina Cozzaglio. She attended North Adams schools and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1950.

Jennie worked at James Hunter Machine Company for many years. She was last employed by Ames Dept. Store in North Adams until her retirement in 1990.

In her day, Jennie was very socially active with the St. Anthony Rosary Society, Italian Girls Club, Socialette Club, and with golf, bowling leagues, and as a Girl Scout leader. In her retirement, she was a member of the Clarksburg Seniors, enjoyed yoga and exercise classes at the Spitzer Center, and was proud to serve the community, including as a volunteer with the SteepleCats and North Adams Regional Hospital. As well, she accompanied her husband and friends to provide musical entertainment at local nursing homes.

Jennie was the beloved wife and soul mate of the late Jay L. Strange, and loving mother to Steven Strange and his wife Kathy of Naperville, IL, and to Kathleen Strange of Francestown, N.H. She was a cherished grandmother of Matthew Strange and his wife Alicia of Aurora, IL, and Nicholas Strange of Naperville, IL; dear great-grandmother to Isaiah, Noah, Lia, and Jeremiah; and fond aunt of many. Jennie was predeceased by three brothers including William Cozzaglio, Battista "Gino" Cozzaglio, and Gino Cozzaglio who died in infancy.

Jennie was a ray of sunshine with a smile and kind word for everyone she encountered. Selfless, caring, loving, funny, sweet, and always thoughtful are the words her many friends and family use to describe her. And she had "the best laugh ever." She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Jennie Strange will be celebrated Tuesday February 23, 2021 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 WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA are Monday from 4-6 PM. Covid rules and social distancing will be required. A private burial will follow at Southview Cemetery.. A memorial service will be planned for later in the spring or early summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Elizabeth of Hungary or the Sonsini Animal Shelter, in care of the funeral home.  To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

Obituary Posted By:

Recollections & Sympathy For the Family
Post Comment
Dear family, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for taking good care of her. I was so sad to see her passing. But I know she is in heaven with her best friend Gioia Zappone (my grandmother.) I will dearly miss her at my yoga classes. She was a pleasure and reminded me so much of my grandparents because she was always over sharing stories, her warm smile, laughter, and so much more.
Sending my love Xoxo

from: Sonya Boesseon: 02-23-2021

Steve and Family, So very sorry for your loss...mothers hold such a special place in our hearts. ❤️
from: Deb O’Brien Petersonon: 02-23-2021

Steve and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
Please know others are thinking of you and wishing you comfort and peace.
from: Connie (Miner) McKenzieon: 02-22-2021

Steve & Kathy, So sorry to learn of the passing of Steve's mom. Prayers and thoughts are with you.
from: Paul Moriartyon: 02-22-2021

We are so sorry to hear of her passing. I remember Jenny when she worked at Ames. She always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. We really enjoyed having her as a neighbor! She will be sadly missed.
from: Jeff and Lynnon: 02-22-2021

Jenny, was the family baby sitter for my sister and I. I remember her to this day. We lived on State Street and Jenny with her family on Walnut. I did have the pleasure to speak with her about 15 years ago when she stopped by at our now closed Mt GREYLOCK Greenhouses in Adams. My she RIP.
from: Tom Morinon: 02-22-2021

Kathleen and Steve my deepest condolences
from: John H Choquette Jr.on: 02-21-2021

Condolences to Steve and family on your Mothers passing.
from: Steve Marceau on: 02-20-2021

So sorry to hear of your mother passing. She was a wonderful person...thoughts and prayers to you all.
from: Tracey Lairdon: 02-20-2021

To The Family, I grew up in the neighborhood of Walnut Street. Jennie was a GREAT friend of my Cousin Arlene Zappone. I would see your Mom in church all the time--I LOVED talking with her--she always was smiling and was so much fun to be with. So very sorry for your Loss
Marcia Ann Farinon
from: Neighbor Marcia Ann Farinonon: 02-20-2021

Steve, Your Mother was like Neighborhood Mother to all the kids on walnut Street.
I know my Mother enjoyed the friendship they shared for so many years. She spoke of her often and missed he at the Spitzer Center. May he memories be eternal.
from: Karen & Bob Morrison: 02-20-2021

Jennie used to come in to where I worked. She was always so pleasant and bubbly. My condolences to the family.
from: Jon: 02-19-2021

So Sorry for your loss. your mom and dad were very special people. I still have the carrot cake recipe that your dad gave me. may she rest in peace John and Carol Greenbush
from: Carol M Greenbushon: 02-19-2021

So sorry for your loss. Knew Jennie from the Steeplecats, she worked at the gate with my son and I. Wonderful lady. I used to see her when she volunteered at the hospital also, I worked there.
from: Gloria J Felixon: 02-19-2021

Kathy and family, my deepest sympathies on the passing of your mom. I remember her as a sweetheart when we were kids. Kim and Kelley Heller
from: Kimberly Bissaillonon: 02-19-2021

Steve, Kat and Mike, Jennie was an icon growing up on the Walnut St. area. She was a friend and a constant supply of laughs smiles and help. She and Jay were roll models for us as youngsters. R.I.P cara mia
from: Edward J Morandion: 02-19-2021

Dear Steve, Kathy, and family, I'm so sorry to read about the passing of your Mom. She was such a nice lady, and always had a smile on her face. Please know we are thinking of all of you at this very sad time.
Bill & Mary Whitman
from: Mary Whitmanon: 02-19-2021

I am so sad to learn of Jennie’s passing. She was indeed a ray of sunshine in the chair. Yoga class at the Spitzer Center. Both she and Jay had been dear friends of my late mother, Evelyn. My sincere condolences to her family.
from: Diane Gallese-Parsonson: 02-18-2021

Jennie was a wonderful person. She volunteered with my son and I at the Steeplecats games. Also got to see her at the hospital when she was there as I worked there. Sorry for your loss
from: Gloria J Felixon: 02-18-2021

Steve, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your mom. She was a lovely lady! May your memories of happy times bring a smile to your face in the days to come.
from: Maureen Taft Mooreon: 02-18-2021

To Steven, Kathleen and family, Sorry to read of your mom's passing. She was a very nice lady. She always had a smile on her face. When I would see her we would talk about "the good old days" on Walnut St. My thoughts are with all of you.
from: Bet (Mastroianni) Azaron: 02-18-2021