Jean Theresa (LaChapelle) Pliska Hoff, 92, a Montague native and former resident in the Village of Turners Falls, passed peacefully on the evening of Thursday, March 2, 2023 at the Charlene Manor Extended Care Assisted Living Center, 130 Colrain Road, Greenfield, MA where she had resided since November of 2017 due to failing health.
Jean was born on June 26, 1930 in Turners Falls, at the former Farren Memorial Hospital in Montague City, MA, into a large loving family of 7 children of Samuel and Gladys (Bennett) LaChapelle. Jean was educated Montague Public Schools and was a graduate of Turners Falls High School in the Class of 1948. While at TFHS, Jean known as "Bodey", was active in the Home Economics Club, Sophomore Sports Club, Commercial & Community Clubs, Junior Prize Speaking and Senior Play.
Upon her graduation from high school, Jean accepted a position at the former Farren Memorial Hospital, where she obtained her certification as an X-Ray technician, a position she held for over 15 years. Jean's first marriage was to Francis Gewehr, with whom she was gifted with her only child, her son Donald F. Gewehr. Jean's second marriage was to Stanley Pliska, and they moved to Wilton, N.H., where the owned and operated a family restaurant from 1969 -1974. They moved to Phoenix, AZ, where Jean was employed as a Medical Secretary peforming transcripton for 30 years. Sadly, Stanley predeceased her in 1980. Jean later married, Bernard Hoff and they resided in Arizona until his passing. She returned to Franklin County and to Turners Falls in 2005, making her home on Davis St., for several years prior entering the Charlene Manor Extended Care Assisted Living Center, in November of 2017, due to declining health. It was there, that she was the recipient of thoughtful, professional care provided by the staff.
Jean was a communicant of Our Lady of Peace Church in Turners Falls. She enjoyed her daily walks with her beloved dog Sammi around the "Hill" section of the Village. Jean was an avid lover of dogs, enjoyed ceramics, card playing, listening to the radio and in her earlier days snowmobiling in the winter season. Jean is remembered with loving affection by her son Donald and his wife Marie, of Erving, MA, as well as several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews and many friends. Jean was predeceased by her parents, as well as by her six siblings.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial in celebration of Jean's life, will be observed from Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, MA, with Rev. Fr. Stanley J. Aksamit, Pastor, as the celebrant on FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2023 @10:00AM. Rites of committal and interment will follow in the Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery, Turners Falls, MA, where she will be laid to rest with her 2nd husband Stanley Pliska. Visiting hours are omitted. Jean's family will receive guests in the parishes Fr. Casey Hall, prior to the funeral liturgy from 9:00AM until 9:45AM with light refreshments to be provided. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to either the Friends of the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter, 10 Sandy Lane, Turners Falls, MA 01376 or to Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, MA 01376. The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, MA, have been entrusted with Jean's care and arrangements. Guests are encourage to visit her Tribute Wall, which maybe found at www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com to share a remembrance or to plant a tree in her memory.
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