- February 24, 1935 - March 25, 2015
- Pittsfield, Massachusetts
of Janet's Passing
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“Sally and Nancy, What a beautiful and honest obituary. Reading it I miss your mother and your whole family anew. I'll think of you this season, and...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Gale Eaton - Wakefield, RI
“Sally, Nancy and family, sorry to hear of your loss.It was always fun to be in a group with Janet, she added her wisdom with such grace. Nancy and...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: A friend
“Very sorry to learn of Janet's passing. She was one of the dedicated BCARC employees who always had a smile on her face and a dance for John! Our...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: The Ruggeri's - Pittsfield, MA
“Dearest Nancy and Sally- With our deepest condolences to you at this very difficult time. Janet was such a special woman. We were so honored to know...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Maria Stuart - Plainfield, MA
“Dear Nancy and Sally,I am very sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. Your mom was always so nice. Spending time at your house with your family...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Nadine Sharron - St Petersburg, FL
“Nancy and Sally, Our family is very sorry of the loss of your mom. We all have the most wonderful memories of growing up on Easton Avenue and your...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Darlene, Joey, Jeff, Carol & Joe Renzi - MA
“Nancy and familyWith my deepest sympathyMay she rest in peace Pam Delmolino
7 of 16 | Posted by: A friend
“Nancy and family, I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
8 of 16 | Posted by: Leslie Drager - Dalton, MA
“Sally, Nancy & Family..I have fond memories of growing up around your mom.. she always welcomed me as one of the family. I will remember her for her...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Melanie (Smith) Colbert & Family
“Janet was my babysitter and neighbor in the late 40s and early 50s. Have many fond memories of her and Ruby and Ed.
10 of 16 | Posted by: Sue Rogers Hurton - Clearwater, FL
“Florence, Jim and family;Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.Butch and Linda Creamer
11 of 16 | Posted by: Linda Creamer - Macon,, NC
“Nancy and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May she rest in peace.
12 of 16 | Posted by: Robbie Harrington Brassard - MA
“Deepest sympathy to Janet's family. She was such a nice person and always very interesting to talk to. May she rest in peace.
13 of 16 | Posted by: Maureen Henault - Pittsfield, MA
“Mrs.Monterosso was one of my teachers at Pontoosuc. She was a very sweet lady and an awesome teacher, with the patience of a saint. God Bless you...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: jimmy gregory - kodak, TN
“Nancy and Sally,It was my privilege to know your Mom thru Judie Wilder Grady. They will be reunited now. Wonderful ladies who are missed.
15 of 16 | Posted by: Ann Tyler - Pittsfield, MA
“My deepest sympathy to the family of this wonderful woman. One of my most vivid memories of her was her wonderful singing in the church choir. ...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Marjorie Lane (Poincelot) - NC
Dery Funeral Home
Janet E. Monterosso, eighty, of Pittsfield, passed away peacefully at Mt. Greylock Nursing Home on
Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She is survived by her two daughters, Nancy Tierney and Sally LeBarron, son-in-law Thomas Tierney, and grandchildren Sarah and Ben Tierney, her sister-in-law Doris Roberson and nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her step-children Florence Keefener and Theresa, Tony, Joey and William Monterosso. She was predeceased by her first husband, Howard Roberson, her second husband, Frank Monterosso, her brother Edwin Lewis and sister-in law Dottie Lewis.
Janet, daughter of Edwin and Ruby Lewis, was born on February 24, 1935 in South Hadley Falls, and moved to Pittsfield with her family when she was nine. She graduated from Pittsfield High School's class of 1953, and received her bachelors of arts in education from The University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She then taught elementary school in the Pittsfield Public School system, and married Howard Roberson in 1960. In the eighties she changed careers and worked for many years for BCARC. Both careers she enjoyed thoroughly, giving her gifts, talents, encouragement and compassion to. After she retired she volunteered for the RSVP program where she tutored children.
Janet was a lover of music and the arts. She was a member of South Congregational Church from the age of nine, and sang in the choir there, where she met Howard. She was also a member of the Berkshire Lyric Chorus and The Hilltown Singers. With both Howard and Frank she enjoyed ballroom dancing, and was a member of the Votre Soiree. She loved plays, musicals, ballets, and enjoyed playing the piano. She passes along her love of music to her children and family. She also loved nature, flowers, birds, reading, and good stories.
Janet was an encourager. She wanted everyone to be able to develop their talents, whatever they may be, and was a light to many, particularly in the teaching of language and communication. Her many friends over the years would all agree that Janet had an unblemished heart, would always give a person the benefit of the doubt, and was always the last to condemn or point fingers. Losing Howard was a severe blow, but in finding new love with Frank she also found a new and loving family to add to the joy she was able to bring.
A severe stroke in March of 2011 brought her to Mt. Greylock nursing home. The loving staff there took excellent care of her. We are thankful that she is no longer in pain or suffering, and is with God, her family and friends. We will feel her presence for years to come.
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