Callahan Fay and Lindquist Funeral Homes
Jeanne M. Zeveska
(Died April 24, 2012)
Worcester Jeanne M. (Marois) Zeveska, 79, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 24th after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. Her husband, Robert H. Zeveska, predeceased her in September, 2010 and she is survived by two sons, Paul E. Zeveska and Thomas R. Zeveska and Chris Kelley of Worcester, four daughters, Christine E. Hubbard and her husband Allan of Westfield, Catherine J. Fox and her husband Stephen of Sterling, Carol J. Crowley and Kevin McKee of Holden and Cynthia K. Malnicof and her husband Craig of Holden; eight grandchildren, Mitchell and Melanie Hubbard, Stephen Jr. and Julie Fox, Zachary and Mary Kate Crowley, and William and Andrew Malnicof. She also leaves her brothers Normand R. Marois and Richard J. Marois, a sister Lorraine D. Spencer and was predeceased by her sister Cecile T. Slein.
Born in Worcester, Jeanne was lovingly raised by Evelyn M. (Boucher) and Ralph D. Marois, a native of Canada. Proud of her French heritage, Le Français was the principle family language used throughout her childhood. Her summers were spent with her family on Lake Lashaway in Brookfield where she especially enjoyed the company of her brothers and sisters swimming, boating, fishing, taking trips to Spencer and just being a family together.
While working at the Norton Company, Jeanne met the love of her life Robert, married, and together built a home on Indian Hill Road in Worcester. Their family began soon afterward and, as most mothers of her generation, Jeanne left her job to be devoted to her children. As in her childhood, Jeanne was able to return with her new family to Lake Lashaway where they spent seemingly endless summers together. Besides the family enjoying all the waterfront activities at the lake, Jeanne played hoops there, beating all comers with her signature set shot. When not at the lake Jeanne enjoyed long motorcyle rides with her husband, playing tennis at Holden Towers, and exercising at the Greendale YMCA. She loved speed skating, skiing, gardening and cooking for her family.
Principally, though, Jeanne was focused on her family, always considering their needs first. Not only selfless and sacrificing, but most importantly kind and caring – there to listen, encourage, and support. Her family was her greatest achievement. L'amour et L'amitie-Love and Friendship.
The family would like to thank Dr. Gerald Gleich of Hahnemann Family Health Center for his compassionate care and the humanity he extended to Mr. and Mrs. Zeveska during their illnesses. He was always available and responsive to their needs helping the family immeasurably.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Umass Memorial Hospice Center of 450 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA. A private service will be held at Fay Brothers Funeral Home, 1 West Boylston St., West Boylston.