We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Greenfield Location
Patricia Anne (Pelland) Jamrog, 83, of East Guinea Road, Conway, died Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst following a period of rapid decline after a yearslong struggle with multiple health issues. Pat (or “Patsy”), as she was known to family and friends, was born in Holyoke, MA, on April 9, 1939—Easter Sunday that year—the daughter of the late Edward and Dorilla (Gauthier) Pelland.
Pat attended Mount Carmel and Holy Name schools in Chicopee and graduated from Elms College in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and French. She then taught elementary school at the Valentine and Litwin schools in Chicopee for over a decade, becoming a beloved figure among her students. “Miss Pelland” was known for going above and beyond in her efforts to help her students succeed—whether it was spending extra time with a child who struggled to read or encouraging those who demonstrated an interest in learning more about a particular topic. After several years as a stay-at-home mother and homemaker, Pat returned to the classroom in 1984, teaching in two Easthampton Diocese of Springfield schools for seven years.
On July 4, 1970, Patricia married her beloved: Robert “Bob” Jamrog. They spent 44 years together before he predeceased her on February 4, 2014. Their life together centered around their children (and later their granddaughters), their home and gardens in Conway, and their faith. The frequent daytrips they enjoyed together in later years often included visiting friends in monasteries throughout New England. Finding a particularly well-stocked secondhand bookshop or abundant garden center were also fond destinations.
Pat was a creative person who inspired the same in the people around her. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and especially counted cross stitch. Family and friends could expect cross-stitched birthday cards every year, and elaborate, framed pieces for extra special occasions such as weddings and baby showers. Pat loved bright, bold colors, and from the time she was thoroughly scolded by her father as a child for using special paint just to “refresh” an old wheelbarrow, to painting the front door of her home sunflower yellow or bright teal (depending on the season and her mood), Pat was never afraid to make a statement. She loved to bake, (but not cook), pickle and preserve, and make jams and jellies. When her first grandchild was born in 2002, she transformed her sunporch into a de facto classroom, complete with art supplies, puzzles, and books upon books. There, as “Nani,” Pat joyfully continued her lifelong mission to inspire and educate.
Among her survivors, Patricia leaves a daughter, Jessica Day and her husband Todd of Greenfield; a son, Kris Jamrog and his wife Gretchen McPherson of Conway; two grandchildren, Piper and Penley; two sisters, Suzanne Azrak and Raymond, and Diane Wright and Richard; two brothers, Lawrence Pelland and Rita, and Peter Pelland and Barbara; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Edward R. Pelland, in 2021.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held Monday, August 1, at 10:00 am at Blessed Sacrament Church, 221 Federal Street, Greenfield. Burial and a celebration of Patricia’s life will be held at the convenience of the family this Fall.
There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Most Holy Trinity Monastery, 67 Dugway Road, Petersham, MA, 01366.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home. For condolences, please visit www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.