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Swan Funeral Home

825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT

OBITUARY

Janet M. Shea

May 7, 1954December 27, 2019

On Friday, December 27, 2019, Janet M. Shea of Guilford, CT passed away at the age of 65.

Janet was a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Delta Zeta Sorority, and a flight attendant with Delta Airlines for over 30 years.

Janet known as “Jan” was a friend to all and will be remembered for her kindness to others and her love of flowers.

During her days at Delta, Jan fostered lifelong friendships based on her commitment to providing the best service and being the best of friends.

Janet was the daughter of John M. Shea of Attleboro, MA and Claire M. Shea (Sullivan) (deceased). She was also the sister of Gregory J. Shea (deceased).

Jan will be eternally remembered by her sisters, Claire and Elizabeth Shea and nephews Brendan, Taylor, Matthew and her niece Kelsey.

She is also survived by her stepmother, Beverly Shea and her step brother Tom Higgins of Attleboro MA.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, January 2nd from 9- 10 AM at the Swan Funeral Home, 825 Boston Post Rd. in Madison. Followed by A Mass of Christian Burial at 1030 AM in St. Margaret Church at in Madison. Burial at Diamond Hill cemetery in Cumberland, RI. For online condolences please visit www.swanfuneralhomemadison.com

Services

  • Calling Hour Thursday, January 2, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, January 2, 2020
  • Burial Thursday, January 2, 2020

Memories

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Meri Flaugher

January 6, 2020

Jan and I started in Delta Reservations 40 years ago and along with our friend Jeri, we became the 3 Musketeers. Our plan was for all of us to become flight attendants. Never did we think when we all put in for the job, that all of us would not get it. Jan was the only one who got the job then. Of course, Delta saw her beautiful spirit and kind heart in an instant. She was the kindest, funniest, nicest person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Even though our jobs put us in different parts of the country, we stayed close and connected often. We took trips together and visited each other. Jan was family and I am honored to have called her my friend for 40 years. I will miss her friendship and she will always live in my heart,

Bev Norton

January 3, 2020

I was shocked to learn of Janets’ passing. We were great friends for those free, innocent years of adolescence. We spent countless hours in her bed room playing records. The Nazz was one of our favs. We walked up and down the streets of Riley’s plat. We double dated for the Junior Prom. My memories of our times together are flooding back. May you Rest In Peace sweet Janet. You were the best of all of us.

Bev Norton





STEPHEN PENARDO

January 3, 2020

My sympathy to Jan’s entire family! She had a wonderful kind spirit that will be missed here at Delta Airlines! Proud to have worked with you all these years! Rest well my friend. Stephen Penardo

Laura Dandaneau

January 2, 2020

To Jan’s family & friends,

I had the pleasure of flying with Jan out of Boston. She was always upbeat and friendly, regardless of when or where we were headed. We were also neighbors, so I was fortunate to enjoy her beautiful and creatively arranged flowers. I’m sorry to hear of her passing and my thoughts are with you.

Sincerely,
Laura Dandaneau

Debbie Geraci

January 2, 2020

To Jan’s family,
Jan was so loved by her Delta colleagues. Her melodious voice, quick wit and lovely good nature will live on in my memory.
I can only imagine how dearly missed she will be by the family..
May her beautiful soul rest in eternal peace.
Sincerely,
Debbie Geraci

Jeri Lynn Ruben

January 1, 2020

Dear Claire, Betty and Family,
It was May, 1978 in Los Angeles, CA where Jan, Meri Flaugher and I first met each other as new hires for Delta Air Lines. We didn't realize it at the time, but it was the start of a wonderful, lifelong friendship for the three of us. We were all young back then, "twenty something" at the time. Jan and I learned quickly that we both had a love for classic movies, romantic comedies and musicals, as well as going to art museums and traveling. Those were the days before Jan was an actual flight attendant.
Over the years I watched how gracefully she matured and dealt with incredible challenges that life threw her way. She always stayed positive, with her very special sense of humor that was undeniably her own. Jan was truly a sensitive, caring and extremely compassionate soul who always put other people first. Those who knew her were touched by her sweetness and generosity. Jan had her flight attendant wings for many years, but she has now earned her angel wings!!
My heart goes out to you all with prayers of comfort and peace during this very difficult time. Sending my love and healing hugs from Jeri Lynn Ruben

Tom Shea, Jr.

January 1, 2020

Dear John, Claire and Elizabeth;

I am so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. Although our families did not spend lots of time together growing up, our family paths and stories did cross often enough to make it so clear that Jan was a sweet presence for you all.

“For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river…”

“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you...”
(Isa. 66:12, 13)

Much love to you all.

Tom Shea, Jr.

Todd Owyang

December 31, 2019

I have had the great fortune and pleasure of having flown as a passenger with Jan many times across the Atlantic to Nice and Paris over the years and I am so saddened to hear of this loss. Jan was one of the kindest, sweetest, and most gracious flight attendants one could ask for. Jan's empathy, cheerful and strong 'can-do' attitude endeared her to all of us passengers even under the most stressful of circumstances; I could always count on her to brighten my eight or nine hours across the Atlantic. We have lost not only an outstanding flight attendant, but also an extraordinary human being. My sincerest condolences go out to Jan's family and her colleagues.

Diane Grigaitis

December 31, 2019

Jan was my neighbor for many years and such an inspiration. We usually connected in the parking lot when she was either coming home with two bunches of all white flowers in her arms or when she was leaving on an international flight, when she would say, “Would you like me to pick something special up for you at my destination?”
There was never a time when she wasn’t upbeat, positive, with a kind word and cheerful attitude. She truly was always a ‘breath of fresh air’ and “ray of sunshine”.
An inspiration, someone to exemplify and model. I feel privileged to have known her and will never forget her indelible smile, gentle soul and warm heart.
Blessings of peace and comfort are wished for her family.
Diane Grigaitis

Carol Shea ( Fiorito)

December 31, 2019

Uncle John, Claire, Betty:
So sorry to hear about Jan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this sad time.
Love Carol Shea and the Shea family

FROM THE FAMILY