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Rachel Viens, 97

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Rachel Alma (Timoney) Viens, 97 of North Adams, MA died on Thursday January 19, 2023 at her home.

She was born in Adams, MA on April 29, 1925, a daughter of Walter and Alma (Tremblay) Timoney. She attended North Adams schools and graduated from Drury High School in 1943.

Rachel worked at New England Telephone Co and Buttons & Bolts Fabric Store. She was last employed at the former Sewing Nook. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilt-making and crafting. Rachel was a good cook and always enjoyed cooking for family and friends, especially at the holidays. She loved to travel, especially on cruises and family vacations.

She was the widow of Francis Xavier Viens who died on November 2, 2007. They were married on August 2, 1947 and celebrated 60 years together. Survivors include her daughter, Barbara A. Viens of North Adams, with whom she made her home; and two sons- Francis X. Viens Jr. (Corinne) of North Adams and Richard A. Viens (Christine) of Clarksburg; and 4 grandchildren- Tanya (Shawn) Derby of Hancock, MA; Jason (Amanda) Viens of North Adams; Erica Viens of Adams and Kate (Dan) Mendez of North Adams. also leaves 4 Great grandchildren- Xavier Alvarez, Jordan Mendez, Gabrielle Derby and Hope Mendez; as well as many nieces and nephews. was predeceased by her son, John "Jay" Viens in 1993; two sisters and two brothers- Ruth Timoney (1920); Barbara Hayden (2019); John Timoney (1924) and Walter Timoney (1978). The family sends special thanks for all her caregivers- Elder Services- Jackie Nowicki; HospiceCare of the Berkshires- Deb, Anne, Linda, Lori; Special Friends- Alice Vigna and Julie Blanchard; Pauline McNicol, Fran and Alison Czarnecki.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Rachel Viens will be celebrated Wednesday January 25, 2023 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 Tuesday from 5-7 PM. Memorial donations may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires or the charity of the donor's choice in care of the funeral home. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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i am so sorry for your family’s loss
she was such a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed
from: cathy bonaon: 01-28-2023

barb rick and frannie and family i am so very sorry to hear of rachels death. if there is anything i can do let me know
from: jody pecoron: 01-25-2023

Fran and family, I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. My deepest condolences in your time of sorrow.
from: Tina Rotolo on: 01-23-2023

Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was such a nice woman. I will always have fond memories of the times she and Fran let me tag along on some of their trips.
from: Diane Gregalison: 01-23-2023

So sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. She was such a nice lady and certainly enjoyed her time here. We can learn from her how to age gracefully. Thinking of you all. GOD BLESS!
from: Sandy& Tony Miranteon: 01-23-2023

Such a lovely lady who will be sadly missed~ I’m so very sad for her family’s loss~
from: Cheryl Lefaveon: 01-23-2023

So sorry to hear of Rachel's passing. You will always have the wonderful memories of her that will last forever.
Bill Flaherty
from: Bill Flaherty on: 01-22-2023

Love and prayers to all of Grandma Rachel’s family. She was a wonderful woman who raised such a lovely family. She was as blessed to have you all as you all were to have her .
from: Cooperon: 01-21-2023

Fran , (Corrine, Katie and family: ) How blessed you were to have your mom for a greater part of your lives. Thinking of you at this sad time. You are wonderful family, and your memories will live on in your hearts. God bless you all.
from: Darlene Mancinion: 01-21-2023

Saddened by your loss but will always be remembered.
from: Jeffrey Vignaon: 01-21-2023

Our hearts and prayers go out to the Viens family, so sorry to hear of Rachael's passing.

Dave & Sue Emery
from: Dave & Sue on: 01-21-2023

Beautiful photo of a beautiful soul. Always enjoyed her visits at all of Sandy and Tony's gatherings. Sincere sympathy to all.
from: on: 01-20-2023

Barb, Fran and Rick,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom.
She always treated me like one of the family.
from: Robert Scotton: 01-20-2023

I am so sorry for your family's loss.
from: Susan Knappon: 01-20-2023

So blessed to have lived next door to Rachel (and Fran and Barb) for 30 years. She was a ‘grandma’ to my daughters and helped me out on so many occasions.
Not a Christmas goes by that my family doesn’t reminisce about the fun we had spending Christmas Eve with Rachel and her family.
Deepest condolences to her family.
Love you Rachel ??
from: Rochelle Bunton: 01-20-2023

Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
from: Robert W. Hermon Sr.on: 01-20-2023

Fran and Family, So very sorry about the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
from: Shirley Fachinion: 01-20-2023