Marianne A. St. Andre, age 62

of Agawam

Marianne A. St. Andre, age 62

Marianne A. St. Andre, age 62, of Agawam, formerly of Abington and Braintree, died unexpectedly, Friday, June 19, 2020.

Marianne was born in Boston, to the late Edward A. and Dora S. “Dolly” (Lane) St. Andre. Raised and educated in Braintree, she earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University.

She had lived in Agawam for twenty-four years, previously in Abington and Braintree.

Marianne was the owner and operator of Marianne’s Custom Crafts for many years. A creative person, she was skilled at sewing and loved selling her products.

She loved animals and minions. Most of all, Marianne enjoyed helping and caring for others.

Beloved wife of Howard A. Kanegsberg.

Devoted mother of Jason Penney and his wife Denise of Nashua, N.H.

Loving grandmother of Rachel, Vanessa, and Laura Penney.

Visiting Hours, operating in accordance with current guidelines, will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, June 23, from 2 – 4 p.m. At Marianne’s request, interment will take place privately.

For those who wish, donations in Marianne’s memory may be made to your local food bank, animal shelter, or the charity of your choice.


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  • Our hearts and prayers go out for our dear, dear friend, Marianne, as we cherish her love of family, devotion to friendship, and the positive impact she has had on all the people lucky enough to have known her.
    Many of our adventures involved visiting the ocean, like Cape Cod, Nantasket, Scituate and Rhode Island.
    Marianne would talk about living happily along the beautiful Connecticut River in Agawam. She especially loved the beautiful scenery.
    Marianne’s wit and good humor made our everlasting childhood friendship an easy going one. Growing up together was the best! We played games, rode our bikes, and sang lots of songs together, from Mary Poppins to Elton John.
    As a birthday present, she once took me to see Steven Wright perform in Boston. Non-stop laughter!!! So many laughs together over all these years!
    I remain inspired by Marianne’s strong nature and her instinctive call to help so many others.
    May the brilliance of Marianne’s joyfulness and easy laughter always shine in our hearts and in our smiles as we continue to celebrate her very special friendship.
    I will always carry a piece of Marianne’s heart in mine, in place of the piece of my heart that stays with her.
    May peace and comfort be yours.
    Mary and Ed Plummer

  • Thinking of you, Howie, and the rest of Marianne’s family. Will never forget taking or going with her to the “fabric store” here in Reno. What an experience. I think she had an extra suitcase just for the purpose. Of course, she made some the wonderful placemats for us–we use them so often. They make me think of her every time I get them out.

    Hugs from your Reno extended family.

    Pat and Bob

  • Howie
    Sorry to hear of the passing of marianne.she was one of my nicest customer at stop and shop along with her mom Dolly.

  • Howie
    We are so deeply sorry to hear of Maryann’s passing. We know this it a very hard time for you. Our hearts go out to you. Sending much love. . Art and Kathryn.

  • Our hearts are with you from across the country. Loved spending time with Marianne who was always so patient with us hijacking vacations with the kid agenda. Loved that she WANTED to ride in the backseat as opposed to the rest of the family. Her laugh was awesome, her sewing extraordinary, and her thoughfuless and caring exceptional. All of our love. D, P & T

  • My deepest and most sincere condolences to you, Howie, and to all Marianne’s friends and family for this sudden and heartbreaking loss.

    Marianne was a very special and unique person and one of the bravest, kindest, and most intelligent and talented persons I know. She would never think so, but that’s what I loved about her most.

    I will always treasure the memories of our trip to Italy and then Washington DC with Howie and my Dad; the years we enjoyed attending book club; and of course sneaking out for a smoke at work when we first met. But over the last 25 years of our friendship, we actually talked more on the phone than saw each other in person. We shared so many laughs, so many tears, and so much hope for things to come. It’s difficult to believe that’s not possible any more. I will always miss her, and there is a hole in my heart now that can never be filled

  • Marianne was one of my dearest friends when we worked together at RG Vanderweil. She was a good friend of my daughter Suzanne who passed at age 34 in 1995.

    My wife Joyce chattered with Marianne about their mutual love of Crafts and Sewing and vowed to get together at our home in New Hampshire. It’s incredible they both passed Marianne in June and Joyce in July. Joyce was 84 years old and enjoyed a full life.

    I am deeply saddened by Marianne’s passing. Keep Strong Howie.