Jean Elvis (Cappelluzzo) Egan, 92, passed peacefully at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center on May 3, 2022, after a brief illness. Jean was born on February 9, 1930, in Greenfield, the third child of Vito and Carmela (Grasso) Cappelluzzo. She was a proud graduate of Holy Trinity School, and Greenfield High School, Class of 1947. “Cappy” was voted “Best All Around” Senior year, was elected Vice President of Pro Merito for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and was a varsity athlete in Field Hockey, Basketball and Softball.
She graduated from Bridgewater State College in 1951 with a teaching degree in Physical Education. She interned at GHS as a Phys Ed student and became the Girls Physical Education Teacher at GHS upon her graduation from Bridgewater.
After teaching at GHS for years, Jean became restless and, to broaden her horizons, decided to join the Navy. She attended the Officer Training course at the Naval War College in Newport, RI, and was stationed at the Naval Support Activity New Orleans from 1954 to 1957. Family obligations required her to resign her commission, and she retired with the rank of Lieutenant JG. She resumed teaching and coaching at GHS, retiring in 1963 after the birth of her first child.
She met her husband Donald on the Connecticut River when they were members of the Franklin County Boat Club. Jean loved the Connecticut River, and she and Donald purchased a Camp and a dock in Gill to have access to the water. She spent many happy hours on her dock, and enjoyed kayaking up to the French King Rock, and down Barton Cove. Jean was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing with her regular foursome. She was a member of the Violets Bowling Team and was very pleased that they won their league at the French King Bowling Center this year on the success of her high score. She was a dedicated member of Silver Sneakers at the Greenfield YMCA and enjoyed the companionship of all her fellow exercisers. She was a lifelong fan of the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots, and was very excited to attend the Red Sox victory parade in Boston in 2004.
She was predeceased by her son Patrick, and her husband Donald. She leaves her daughters, Betsy Egan, of Boston, MA, and Suzy Enos and her husband Dave, of Bedford, MA. She also leaves her sister Mary O’Brien of Creve Coeur, MO, and her brother Dr. Vincent Cappelluzzo and his wife Linda, of Pike Road, AL, and many nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.
Jean’s family would like to express gratitude to the people who helped her stay in her home as long as she could, and in her brief stay in hospice, especially Kerry-Ann McAnuff, the staff of the Reflections at the Arbors and the staffs of Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Kostanski Funeral Home.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Monday 5/9 at 10am at Blessed Sacrament Church, 221 Federal Street, Greenfield. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Greenfield.
A calling hour will be held Monday morning from 8:45am to 9:45am at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal Street, Greenfield.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Connecticut River Conservancy, 15 Bank Row, Greenfield, MA 01301.
For condolences, please visit www.kostanskifuneralhome.com