Jane Turner D’Agostine, November 30, 1931-July 20, 2022
“You are a miracle!” These words were recently spoken by our Mom’s Oncologist from Dana Farber Cancer Institute. In 2019, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer with six months to live. Beginning in 2021, her cancer was undetectable. A true miracle for a miraculous woman. A gift of 3 years for which we will be forever grateful.
It is with deep sadness, but also wonderful memories, that the family of Jane Turner D’Agostine announce her sudden passing on July 20, 2022 after complications from surgery.
Jane was born and raised in Weston, Massachusetts where she was a star athlete, being named to Varsity teams while she was still in Junior High. She and her two brothers spent many summers at Goose Rocks Beach in Maine, swimming in the ocean and spending time with her parents, grandparents and extended family. Upon graduation she attended Bryant and Stratton Secretarial School and worked in Boston, making lifelong friends prior to getting married.
After marriage, she raised her four children in Acton, Massachusetts where their home was a local gathering place for over 25 years. Jane taught neighborhood children to swim and dive in their pool, and was the fastest peanut butter and jelly sandwich maker when the family dog repeatedly went to the bathroom on everyone’s lunch at the Charter Road bus stop. Brownie Leader, Ski Instructor, Family Therapist, and her children’s greatest cheerleader, Jane was an omnipresent supporter of everyone around her.
When she was 36 years old, with 4 children under the age of 12 our family relocated to Switzerland for 10 months. Knowing neither a soul nor the language, she wholly embraced the experience. In a short period of time, she taught everyone how to ski and made friends and memories in a small Swiss Village. She recalled this as one of the best years of her life.
As her four children left the nest, Jane embarked on a second career working at Winter Wyman Associates, the Office for Children, and Middlesex Community College. She took up ballroom dancing, adult field hockey, and continued to ski across the globe. Jane enjoyed many summers in Nantucket, and treasured the tradition of Tea at the Ritz every year with her grandchildren.
The day after she turned 65, Jane moved to Sarasota, Florida to begin a new chapter in her life. It is no surprise that she made fast friends and mastered the game of golf. Her life was full of social events, golf games, and visits from her children and grandchildren escaping the snowy winters. She loved everything about her home and retirement at Stoneybrook Country Club.
Upon her cancer diagnosis in 2019, she relocated back to Massachusetts to live with her daughter Amy and son-in-law Chip so that she could be cared for at Dana Farber. As her health continued to improve, the visits back to Florida became more frequent. On her 90th birthday, she celebrated with a game of golf (where she scored a birdie) and a party by the pool in Florida with many of her friends.
She was blessed with an outgoing personality and was quick to make friends and keep them. Her seemingly unbounded energy, optimism, enthusiasm and sense of joy were infectious, leaving everyone in her life better for having known her. Her love of animals was continuous throughout her life, and she always kept a very fortunate dog as her close companion.
Jane was predeceased by her brother, Ken Turner in 2005. She leaves her children, Jim D’Agostine, Amy (Chip) Bicchieri, Lisa (Buddy) Coté, Jeff (Leigh) D’Agostine, and her brother, William Turner. She also leaves her seven adoring grandchildren: Margaux, Hannah, Annika, Jon, Eliza, Aidan, and Cole, all of whom had their own unique and unforgettable relationships with her, along with a great-grandson, Jules, and another due any day now.
Jane was a wonderful Mom, Mother-in Law, Gammie, Sister, Auntie, Cousin, “Mrs. D.” and friend who will live on in our memories not only for her love for us, but as a lover of life to its fullest.
The family would like to thank Dr. James Cleary for his dedication to digging deeper into treatment options for our Mom, as well as his wonderfully caring nature. Thank you to Amy and her family for providing constant care and support to our Mom in such a loving home for the past three years. And, to Jim who hosted her every weekend where he cooked her delicious meals, and took her on many visits to see family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you help provide a lifesaving opportunity for others to “be a miracle” in conquering cancer by donating to the Dana Farber/Jimmy Fund via the Pan Mass Challenge.
By Mail: Pan-Mass Challenge
Jeff D’Agostine (JD0213)
77 4th Avenue
Needham, MA 02494
Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Monday, August 1 from 5:00 – 7:00PM at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Avenue (Rte. 111), Acton.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 10:30 am at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 15 Still River Rd, Harvard, MA. At 12:30 pm, a Celebration of Life will take place at the home of Jim D’Agostine, 187 Burroughs Road, Boxborough. All are welcome.
Memorial Page: www.actonfuneralhome.com