Jane (Sarat) Malone Fenton passed away on November 6, 2020. She was born to Adolf and Ruth (Armstrong) Sarat in Westfield, Massachusetts on July 20, 1946, and graduated from Westfield High School. She earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and she combined her loves of managing figures and writing with serving others in a decades-long social services career, culminating with Partners for Community in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her daughter Elizabeth Trempe and son Christopher Malone, Jr. were dedicated caregivers, and she also leaves her son-in-law Kevin, her granddaughters Kelli, Angela, and Gina, great-grand sons Deo, Cooper, and Hudson, her step-daughter Kelly, step-grandsons Brandon and Ryan, and their children Ryan and Jackson, her sister-in-law Mary “Susie” Washburne, and step-sister Irene Russotto. She will be missed by her lifelong friend Cindy LaFrance and her many loving nieces and nephews and dear friends. Jane was adventurous and traveled to Greece, California, Mexico, and Barbados, and she showed her fearlessness when she and her grandchildren would go on daredevil rides at Orlando amusement parks. Jane enjoyed flying or driving off to Florida where she loved sitting under a shady palm tree with a good book and attending car conventions with her husband Bill Fenton who predeceased her in 2018. She also explored Ireland, France, Italy, and Hawaii with her sister Marylin Liptak, who also pre-deceased her. She was also very happy ‘just vegging’ in her backyard hammock or watching a movie with her dogs. She loved entertaining, especially where the crowd overflowed with family and many longtime friends at her annual Christmas Eve Open House. Jane was loyal and trustworthy, and her warm smile along with her conversation and listening skills made her a steadfast confidant. Her quick and sometimes sarcastic wit also helped lighten a mood and put things in perspective. With the top down on her convertible, she would blast Coldplay’s Viva La Vida on the car radio, and she would encourage others to do the same in her memory. Jane’s family would like to thank Kathy Courtney for her kindness and loving care to Jane and her dogs. Donations in Jane’s memory may be made to the New England Farm Workers’ Council, Inc. - Shelter Program, 11-13 Hamden Street, Springfield, MA 01103. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Firtion Adams, 76 Broad Street, Westfield, MA from 12 noon to 2 pm. A private burial service with the family will be held at a later time. www.firtionadams.com
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