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FRAMINGHAM – Janet A. (Henry) Monestime, 72, of Framingham, and formerly Jamaica Plain, died Friday morning April 16, 2021, after a lengthy battle with Multiple Myeloma.

Born in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, she was the daughter of the late Gladstone & Hilda (Taylor) Henry.

Janet grew up and was educated in Jamaica, and immigrated to the US in 1967. She settled in Jamaica Plain to raise her family, and after working odd jobs for some time, enjoyed a long career with New England Life Insurance which eventually became MetLife with who she retired.

Never one to slow down, she went on to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities at Advocates here in Framingham.

Janet loved to be with her family, and particularly found enjoyment in being with her granddaughters and watching them grow up. She introduced them to importance of volunteering through the Pearl Street Cupboard & Café, and marveled in watching their sporting events. Janet enjoyed crocheting, and keeping fit both mentally and physically and could often be found at the YMCA doing yoga. Never did the week end on Sunday without her Sunday family dinner.

Janet is survived by her children, Lou & his wife Anita whom she lived with in Framingham, and Jeff and his companion Joanna of Bedford, her granddaughters, Vienna and Selina, her former husband Guy, her siblings, Nigel, Milton, Beverly, Carole Walton, Derrick and Leslie, and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family and friends will honor and remember Janet’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St. Framingham, on Tuesday evening, April 20 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

A prayer service will follow. Proper social distancing and mask wearing etiquette will be observed. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Janet’s name to: Pearl St. Cupboard & Café, 46 Park St. Framingham, MA 01702, www.uwotc.org, or The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 414238 Boston, MA 02241, www.themmrf.org.

For online tributes, or to share a memory with Janet’s family, kindly visit www.mccarthyfh.com


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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.