Jeanne Woodfin (Ryan) Mansen

March 27, 1928 ~ December 21, 2020 (age 92)


Jeanne Woodfin (Ryan) Mansen, 92, died Monday, December 21, 2020, surrounded by loving family, after a long period of declining health.  She was the wife of the late Roger Mansen who died in 2002, mother to Roger Mansen, Jr., and was known as "Nani" to many.  Jeanne was born in Marblehead, the daughter of the late Thomas E. and B. Elizabeth (Woodfin) Ryan and was raised in East Walpole.  Together with her beloved husband of 50 years, she spent most of her adult life in Norwood, MA, working at Furlong’s Cottage Candies as a chocolate dipper.

Jeanne loved the ocean, and treasured memories of family celebrations at her homes in Brant Rock and Plymouth.  Her retirement joys included special time with her cherished granddaughters, the companionship of her canine friends, cross-stitching, and baking.  Generations of family will miss her Swedish Coffee rolls.  As much as Jeanne loved the ocean, Christmas was her favorite season.  She began preparing for Christmas each January, and took extraordinary effort to decorate every year.  She was even known to wrap every framed picture in her home to look like presents on the walls.  Her husband loved to watch her decorate — she was a happy woman on a mission!

In 2003, Jeanne left her retirement home in Plymouth to live with her son and his family in Hudson until her death.  She was an active member of St Stephen Lutheran Church of Marlborough, appreciating the support of the parish family, and treasuring her church friendships.  She always looked forward to time “with the girls.”

Jeanne is survived by her beloved son Roger Mansen and his wife Dorie of Hudson; her brother Robert Ryan of CA; three grandchildren, Kristen Armstrong and her husband Nick of Kingston, Elizabeth and Katherine Mansen; and, two great grandchildren, Sophie and MaryKate Armstrong.  Jeanne also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, in whom she took such pride.  She was predeceased by one brother and two sisters.   Jeanne’s large extended family will miss her quick wit, strong-willed personality, and generous heart. 

Jeanne’s family wishes to thank her doctors and Kindred medical team (especially her dear nurse Michael) who cared for her with such compassion.  We will forever be grateful to all who helped Jeanne meet her goals and live her life to the fullest. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic all funeral arrangements will be private. A public memorial service is being planned for a later date.

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