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Janice Duguay Messier, 80

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Janice Mae (Brulé) Duguay Messier, 80 of North Adams, MA passed away peacefully February 2, 2024 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in North Adams, MA on August 5, 1943, a daughter of Arthur Napoleon Brulé and Edith (Rivers) Brulé. Her stepmother was Margaret (Mancuso) Brulé. Janice graduated from the former St. Joseph’s High School in 1961.

She was last employed by the City of Springfield Housing Authority where she worked for 15 years until her retirement. Before that, she worked at the former Ico-Rally in North Adams. Janice was a longtime active member of the Springfield Lions Club and was a former president of the club. She enjoyed knitting, reading, sitting in the sun, and most of all spending time with her family.

She was the widow of Robert George Duguay who died on January 19, 1989. They were married on July 25, 1964. Her second husband Richard Messier also predeceased her. Survivors include her daughter, Jennifer Ann (John) Mach of North Adams and two grandchildren, Erica (Jordan) Stillwaugh of Readsboro, VT and Tyler Mach of Tahoe, CA. She also leaves her great grandson, Micaiah Stillwaugh; her sister, D. Charron (Franco) Caparello of Utica, NY; her brother, Wayne (Linda) Brulé of Nokomis, FL and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters and two brothers- Norma Cournoyer, Lorraine Raymond, Arthur Brulé and Robert Brulé who died in infancy.

The family would like to thank Hospice of the Berkshires for their support and care they provided during her final days.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Janice Duguay Messier will be celebrated Saturday February 10, 2024 at 10:00 AM at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery. A calling hour at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS, CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA will be Saturday morning from 8:30-9:30 AM. Memorial donations may be made to 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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Jen and family, Sending deepest condolences for the loss of your mom. I am thinking of you and sending hugs at this difficult time.
from: Sandra Daigneaulton: 02-07-2024

Jen and family, my heart goes out to all of you. Sincerest condolences for the loss of your mom and grandmother. Love, Mich
from: Michelle Cutleron: 02-06-2024

Wayne & Linda Brule’, so very sorry to hear the loss of your sister Janice. I condolences to you and your family. May she rest in peace sincerely, Joanne Hodgdon.
from: Janice Duguay/Messieron: 02-06-2024

Jen, John, Erica, Ty, and family, We are so sorry for your loss- I have so many great memories of Mrs. D…. Another mother to me growing up… a favorite part of my childhood on East Orchard. I will always remember the little things, her beautiful pink cheeks and smile, always smartly dressed, always kind. Lunches sitting on the bench in your dinette, Santa and his sleigh on the lawn every Christmas… always such a neat and comfy home… I remember her curtains always so pretty and crisp. I’m so glad she had so many years with her grand kids and got to meet her great grandson. I will always hold a special place in my heart for her… we love you all. Love, Deb, Dave, Meg, and Aub
from: Deb Aulisio Maharon: 02-05-2024

Jen, I'm so sorry about your mom. She was a nice lady, will miss seeing her.
from: Kathy Rowetton: 02-05-2024

my sympathies to the entire family. Janice and I were second cousins through our fathers, Oliver Harvey and Art. Fond memories of our Aunt Vina getting Janice , Charron and I together at Art and Peggy's.
from: Betty Randallon: 02-05-2024

Jennifer I am sadden to hear of the passing of your mother and my cousin she was a great lady and will certainly be missed my condolences to the family.
from: Nanette Schmidton: 02-05-2024

Linda and Wayne, My sincere you and your family. May she rest in peace.
from: Sandy Sorelon: 02-05-2024