Dianne R. (Russo) Jenkins

July 23, 2012

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.


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  1. Mom-

    Somehow, I feel that leaving these messages gets to you. It’s been a year…a very long year. Everyday we think of you and miss you terribly. You are with us all the time and we still shed tears for you. Be well. Forever and always in our heart.

  2. Donna & Bob,

    We just heard of Dianne’s passing this morning. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Kevin & Maria (Russo) Doherty
    WIlmington, MA

  3. Mom, not a day goes by that we don’t think of you and miss you terribly. It’s been 5 months, we’ve had your Anniversary, Thanksgiving, Christmas and now are entering 2013 without you. I know someday we’ll be together so for now, watch over us, protect us and continue to be our angel. I cherish and love you so very much.


  4. We are so saddened of the news of Dianne’s passing. She was the best godmother anyone could ask for. I remember when I was young the days in summer when I would vist Bob, Dianne and Donna and we go to the cottage in Maine. We had a great time together. She was a really great and loving person and was taken from us way too young. May she rest in peace. With our deepest sympathy. Love, Patti Greg and Dylan Harazda and
    Pat Donnarumma

  5. Diane,

    I am so deeply saddened to hear about your passing. I will never forget the wonderful conversations we shared after hours at the FAA office. You were my best friend there. I always admired your happy marriage. Of course, how can I forget your beautiful 1983 Pontiac Grand Prix and Cadillac Eldorado you so dearly loved. I still remember the stories of your car getting stolen 3 times! You were the hardest worker at the FAA, always doing overtime. I remember asking why? You simply replied, you could not leave the office knowing there was still work left to do. You will always be in my heart and I will never forget you. Rest in Peace my friend. -Joe McDonough

  6. Diane Salvucci Bullock
    I was truly saddened to hear of the passing of an old dear friend. I have wonderful memories of my dear friend Dianne from high school days. We were inseparable and I feel sad that we lost contact thru the years. Rest in peace, Dianne, the fun we shared will never be forgotten.

  7. Lou Cherubino

    My condolences to the family of Dianne (Dee) Jenkins. She was always very thoughtful and kind to Sal and myself while we worked at building 16 security desk.She will be missed but never forgotten.

  8. Dear Donna and your family,

    I was so saddened to hear that Dee passed away. She was such a lovely person and so full of fun. We all enjoyed working with her at the FAA. I will always remember how much she loved decorating our airplane Christmas tree and of course shaking the packages under the tree when she thought no one was looking! She was such as joy and will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Diane Romanosky

  9. Katie Errera Van Dorpe

    My sympathy to Bob and Donna. I graduated with Diane and also worked with her at Arthur D. Little. She was a good woman, helpful and very kind to all.

  10. Cathy (Egan)Flanagan

    It was over 40 years ago and I was a young girl, but I kept a diary of my family’s visit to Boston to see my grandmother. I wrote how I enjoyed visiting Bob and Diane and the meal we shared. Diane made 2 ½ pounds of spaghetti and for dessert we had flag ice cream. I admired a painting of Diane in her beautiful wedding gown. We saw the Minuteman statue and looked at the foundation of the house they were building. A fond memory. My sincerest sympathy.

  11. Blake & Catherine Callais

    We miss our friend and neighbor but not as much as Cocoa and Bella miss Dianne. Prayers and Blessings to the family. Dianne’s stuffed artichokes will be missed this Christmas for sure!

  12. I consider myself blessed to have know such a wonderful, kind, caring woman. She inspired me and comforted me durring a difficult time in my life by sharing her own person journey and wisdom. I will alway remember and cherish our talk. To my dear friend Donna and her beautiful family, may you all find peace and comfort during this difficult time and know that your friends and family are here for you always.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Kim & Bill

  13. Diane Polangin
    Wishing you the comfort of loving memories and the feeling that you will always be connected to one so close to your heart.

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