DIANNE R. (RUSSO) JENKINS – of Burlington, Monday, July 23rd. Beloved wife of Robert J. Jenkins. Devoted mother of Donna R. Sorensen and her husband Richard of Billerica. Dear sister of the late Robert Russo. Cherished Nana of Alexis and Landon. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, July 27th at 10:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 11:30. Calling hours on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Donations may be made in Mrs. Jenkins’s memory to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226, ATTN: Contribution Services.
Diane R. (Russo) Jenkins passed away on Monday, July 23rd, surrounded by her dear family. The beloved wife of Robert J. Jenkins, she had just turned seventy-one years of age.
Born in Medford, she was the daughter of the late Carmen and Geraldine (Sorgente) Russo. Raised in Arlington, she attended school there, graduating with the Class of 1959 from Arlington High School. Following high school she continued at Burdett College, where she received her Associates Degree in administration. She began working for Arthur D. Little and Co., and remained there for thirty-four years. She also worked for the Federal Aviation Administration for thirteen years, having retired in 2011.
One evening in the early sixties, she and some of her friends had gone dancing at Mosley’s on the Charles, where she was introduced to Bob Jenkins. In 1966 they married and made their home in Brockton briefly before moving to Burlington, where they have remained for over forty years.
They brought their beloved daughter into the world, to whom they were devoted. Celebrating all of her achievements, taking vacations and just enjoying each other’s company throughout the years has lent itself to a very special relationship.
The happiest day of Mrs Jenkins’s life was when she became “Nana.” Since her grandchildren arrived her life has been full of love and joy. Every morning always began with a big kiss for Nana and ended in the same way. On Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins’s fortieth wedding anniversary, a trip to Disney World was enjoyed by the entire family,
A very compassionate woman, Mrs. Jenkins loved being a mother and especially enjoyed being “Nana.” All those very special times spent with her family hold a very special place in their hearts.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Jenkins was also predeceased by her brother, Robert Russo.
She is lovingly survived by her dear husband of forty-four years, Robert J. Jenkins, her daughter, Donna R. Sorensen and her husband Richard of Billerica, and her grandchildren, Alexis and Landon.
The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Friday, July 27th at 10:45 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 11:30. Entombment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Calling hours at the funeral home are on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Donations may be made in Mrs. Jenkins’s memory to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226, ATTN: Contribution Services.