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Louise D. (Dumas) Jankins

December 14, 1937 ~ December 28, 2017 (age 80)

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Calling Hours
January 5, 2018

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Varnum Funeral Home, Inc.
43 East Main St.
West Brookfield, Massachusetts 01585

Funeral Mass
January 6, 2018

11:00 AM
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church
22 West Main St.
West Brookfield, MA 01585

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Louise D. (Dumas) Jankins, 80, of West Brookfield, died on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Southbridge Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.


She leaves her loving and devoted husband of 60 years, William H. Jankins; three sons, Steven W. Jankins of Hampton, NH, Michael W. Jankins and his wife Maureen of West Brookfield, and Brian C. Jankins and his wife Amy of Sutton; nine grandchildren, Tyler, Tanner, Cody, Olivia, Thomas, Shelby, Aby, Luke and Hannah, and several nieces and nephews.  She was born in Pittsfield, daughter of  the late Oliver and Corrine (Beaudreau) Dumas, and has lived in West Brookfield for over 50 years. 


Louise loved being a homemaker for Bill and her boys.  She also worked as an Executive Secretary at United Techologies, at the former ITAC in North Brookfield, and in the office at Sherman Oil, before retiring in 2001.  She was a collector of antiques, and had her own shop in the barn of her home, Issac Giddings Barn.  She was an accomplished artist herself, and a weaver of Nantucket baskets.  She was devoted to volunteerism in her town and had a passion for local historic preservation of both landmarks and land.  She was a member of the Common Committee, the Bandstand Committee,  Rice Memorial Fountain Restoration Committee, and the Town Hall Restoration Committee.   


Despite being so involved with home, work, and volunteering, she always made the time to attend over 1000 of the youth sports games of her children and grandchildren, being their greatest fan!


Louise’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Summit Elder Care and the Southbridge Rehabilitation and Health Care Center for the devoted care that they provided. 


A Funeral Mass for Louise will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 11:00AM in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in West Brookfield.  Everyone is asked to go directly to the church.  Calling hours will be held on Friday,  January 5, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00PM in the Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., West Brookfield.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Second Chance Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515.


Charitable donations may be made to:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38148
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

Second Chance Animal Shelter, Inc.
P.O. Box 136, East Brookfield MA 01515
Tel: 1-508-867-5525

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