Mary Jane “MJ” D. Hastie Okai, 78, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2021. Born in Springfield on November 5, 1942, she was the beloved daughter of the late James and Evelyn (guiragos) Lewis. Mary Jane grew up in Springfield and graduated from Springfield Technical High School and has been a resident of Longmeadow MA for many years where she raised her family.
Mary Jane started her career as an X-ray Technician at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. After raising her children she began working in the insurance industry. She was a longtime employee of Haberman Insurance in West Springfield, retiring in 2020. Previously, she was employed at Liberty Mutual.
Gardening, creating crafts, and decorating for the Christmas holidays were many of the talents she enjoyed. Every year a trip to one of the local casinos was always on her list of things to do. Most of all Mary Jane enjoyed her family and especially seeing her grandchildren grow. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She was predeceased by her son Greg M. Hastie, her brother John F. Lewis and her husband John Okai. She leaves behind a son, Glenn M. Hastie and Samantha Marszalek of East Longmeadow and two daughters: Shelley Montana and Brian Connor of East Longmeadow, and Cheryl Hastie and Gene Perry of North Carolina. She is survived by her brother James J. Lewis of Lynchburg VA, her sister Kathleen Lewis-Malysz and her husband Stephen of Wilbraham, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two nieces.
A celebration of Mary Jane’s life will take place on Tuesday, June 8th with visiting hours from 4:00-6:00pm, with a service at 6:00pm at Forastiere Smith Funeral & Cremation on 220 N. Main Street in East Longmeadow. Donations may be made in Mary Jane’s memory to Shriners Hospital for Children at Development Office, 516 Carew St, Springfield MA 01104 or by calling 413-735-1368. To share a condolence please visit www.forastiere.com.
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Shriner's Hospital for Children
516 Carew St., Springfield MA 01104-2396