ASHBY — Janet L. Coutu, 55, of Simonds Road, died Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, after a difficult bout with leukemia.
She was born in West Warwick, R.I., July 13, 1954, daughter of Estelle (Bessette) Coutu and the late Arthur Coutu and grew up in West Warwick. She and her husband resided in Montgomery, Ala., Philadelphia, Penn. and Rochester, N.Y. before moving to Ashby in 1981.
Besides her mother of West Warwick, she is survived by her husband of 34 years, Georges Grinstein, three sons, Alexander, Aaron, and Jordan and daughter, Raven.
She was a 1972 graduate of West Warwick High School and a 1976 graduate of the University of Rochester where she received a BS Degree in Geology. Over the years she took art classes eventually focusing on the fiber arts, especially weaving and quilting, and combining those with jewelry.
She was also an accomplished photographer and especially enjoyed photographing her children’s soccer and basketball teams while they attended North Middlesex Regional High School in Townsend. Throughout their respective seasons she would take thousands of game photos from which she would then produce videos and generate a DVD depicting season’s highlights including humorous outtakes. The DVD would then be shared at the end-of-season team banquets and each player and coach received their own copy.
Numerous people were touched by her art, her charisma and her spirit. Her approach to life was to live it to its fullest, traveling extensively with her family, enjoying every moment.
Ms. Coutu’s family will receive family and friends at a memorial visitation from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main Street, (Rte 119) Townsend Center. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.
A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m., at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 923 Main Street (Upper Common) in Fitchburg, where she was a member. All are welcome to come and share some aspect of her wonderful and giving life. Please see www.fitchburguu. org for directions.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, 41 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or to the NMRS Booster Club, 18 Main Street, Townsend, MA 01469.