1935 – 2012
Putnam – Jean Walker, 76, of Heritage Rd., died Thursday, February 16, 2012 unexpectedly in her home. She was the loving wife of and best friend to John T. Walker, Sr. Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (DiStefano) DiBaro.
Mrs. Walker was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. Although she enjoyed traveling and visiting new places, she mostly loved to be home entertaining and cooking for her family and many friends. She was happy to be home working in her gardens, attending to her beloved German Sheppard’s, taking long walks, and being outdoors. She was a past member of the Safari Club International, N.E. Chapter, and was an avid big game hunter.
In addition to her husband, Jean is survived by her son, Stephen Cusson and his fiancée Charla Jones of AK; her daughters, MaryJean DuPaul and her partner Jeffery Lind of AK, and Joan Cusson and her husband Russell Karlstad of AZ; her brother Michael DiBaro of Auburn, MA; her sisters, Palma (Dolly) Ostergard of New Braintree, MA, Margaret Campbell of NH, Mikki Xanders of CO, Antoinette Entwistle of Worcester, MA, Joyce McLeod of N. Brookfield, MA, and Donna Cote of West Boylston, MA; her grandchildren, Joshua DuPaul, Jarred DuPaul, Jonathan DuPaul, and Ashley Cusson; several step-children; and step-grandchildren; many nieces; and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, the late Dominic DiBaro, and the late Francis DiBaro.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Jean’s family from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, Tuesday, February 21, 2011 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. A gathering will begin at 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, 260 Cambridge, St, Worcester, MA. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Memorial donations may be made in Jean’s name to the St. Jude Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.