Jeanette R. Sadak, 87, of West Springfield, was called home on April 11, 2018 after a long illness. She was born in Springfield, on November 29, 1930 and spent most of her life in the Agawam and West Springfield area. She was predeceased by her parents Leo Rheaume and Blanche Castonguay of West Springfield. Jeanette studied at St. Joseph’s school in Springfield before marrying her husband of 49 years, Fred Sadak. They were married in May 1952 and made their family shortly thereafter.
Jeanette and her husband Fred owned and operated her family’s convenience store close to WS High School for nearly 50 years and are remembered by many students as well as their parents. She enjoyed greeting her customers daily at her neighborhood store, she was good with accounting, loved going to Bingo at Sacred Heart Church, day trips to Mohegan Sun, hosting family dinners, cooking Lebanese cuisine, and making French meat pies, but most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and walking her dogs.
Some secrets she left behind… use "real butter" in your batter when making crepes, Pond’s cold cream helped her to stay virtually wrinkle free, when making the Lebanese yogurt soup, “shish barak” it needs to be nice and sour and at least a week old to be “really good”, and practice patience and forgiveness every day. She was tough, yet soft… smart, humble, caring, loving, forgiving, generous, and above all, she always kept a positive attitude. Her light will shine down on us from Heaven every day.
She leaves her daughter, Denise Smith of Springfield, her son James and his wife Debra Sadak of West Springfield, 4 grandchildren … Dacia Lucas, Andrea Starke, Nicole Santos and Michael Sadak. She also leaves 4 great grandchildren… Tyler Ostrander, Olivia and Sophia Santos, and Michael Sadak Jr. She was predeceased by her husband Fred Sadak, her brother Steven Tesny, and her sister, Theresa Galus.
Family and friends are invited to gather on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 10 AM – 12 PM at Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home, 985 Main St. Agawam with a service to follow at 12 PM. Committal services will be held at 1 PM at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center (TJO Foundation 627 Cottage St. Springfield, MA 01104).
We made the soup and would eat 5 bowls
We would cut the dough for the balls and strings,
We would laugh at how Uncle Jimmy sings,
We would get scared of Gido’s nylon on his head,
We would jump across the room from bed to bed.
We would sleep on the floor with Dan and Sam,
We always had steak, not ham.
We ate Dunkin Donuts and coffee at night
We opened the store at first light.
You gave Angrea her nickname,
She’ll never be the same.
Andrea skated down the hill on her bum
You picked out pebbles for a week for mom.
You cared for Rowdy’s injured neck,
While I worked a hundred hours, what the heck…
We would laugh about "2,2"
Now you can see her at bingo again
You enjoyed the Mc Donald’s fish
You loved a chocolate shake
Gido eyeballed all of mom’s dates
We admired your tolerance for pain…
when the doctor burned your skin cancer off, "what’s burning"?
you replied “oh that’s me burning" and laughed for years
We would eat the "dog food" you cooked for Dan
It was burger and rice, good enough for man
We would joke about the “jungle rot”
We cooked the hashweh in a special pot
All the kids are grown up now
There’s no more soup to make,
we’ll miss you both for goodness sake.
See you soon