Jeannette P. Hutnak, 84, of Grafton and Millbury


Jeannette P. HutnakGrafton/Millbury – Jeannette P. (Maranda) DeOrsey Hutnak, 84, passed away July 25, 2019 following a brief illness.

Jeannette leaves her daughter, Deborah Pearson (Bill) of Jensen Beach, Fla.; her son, James E. DeOrsey Jr. of South Grafton; her grandson, James R. DeOrsey of South Grafton; her granddaughter, Angela Vacca of Holden; brother Norman Maranda (Nancy) of Northbridge; and her godchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husbands, James E. DeOrsey Sr. and John Hutnak; sister, Gloria St. Andre, and brothers, Albert and Roland Maranda.

Jeannette was born Dec. 7, 1934 in South Grafton, daughter of the late Valida (Lebel) and Albert Maranda, and lived in town for most of her life before moving to Millbury 15 years ago. She cherished her daughter, Deborah, and her son, Jim. She treasured trips to Jensen Beach to be close to her daughter Deborah and son-in-law Bill, where she made countless memories and friends. Her grandson, Jimmy, was the light of her life, from their Coney Island trips to the quiet times they spent in each other’s company.

Jeannette felt great pride when he took over the family business in the community she loved. She was a natural caretaker and loved nothing more than nurturing her friends and family. Jeannette welcomed all with her bright smile and warm nature. She possessed a deep love for God and her faith was as strong as her commitment to family. Still she found time for the occasional trips to the casino and loved going to her local haunts to purchase her scratch tickets.

Her legacy is the strong family she leaves behind that meant the world to her. A beloved “Memay” to so many, she’ll be dearly missed.

All are welcome to gather with Jeannette’s family Friday, Aug. 2, from 4-7 p.m., at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St., North Grafton. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m., at St. James Church, 89 Main St., South Grafton. All attending the funeral Mass are politely requested to go directly to church. She will then be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery in South Grafton.

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