Name: Leah Ann Jacques
Location: Greenfield, Massachusetts
DOD: December 24, 2016
Leah Ann Jacques, 24, of Harrison Ave died Saturday 12/24/16 at home. She was born in Greenfield on September 14, 1992, the daughter of Troy and Debbie (Chagnon) Jacques. Leah attended local schools in Greenfield and was a graduate of Greenfield High School Class of 2011. She was currently attending Greenfield Community College in the Medical Assistant Program, where she had previously made the Dean’s List.
Leah had a passion for helping people. She was greatly looking forward to the birth of her nephew.
The exact words are a struggle and so very hard to choose to simply define our daughter and sister Leah, but the one word LOVE is the basis that all the other meaningful words flow from.
Leah, aka. Lee Lee, Leela, Lee Lee La La Lola, loved the thought of becoming an aunt. Her sister, Katelyn, is due to have a baby boy mid February; Baby “G” Leah would affectionately call him.
Leah was looking forward to becoming a Medical Assistant. She had just finished her classes and was getting ready and excited for her practicum to begin. She had so many hopes and dreams for her future.
Leah loved all animals, especially our dog Stella. She loved our family vacations at the lake, the outdoors, fishing to catch and release only and exploring to watch and try to understand nature,
but also very much enjoyed the relaxations of being inside watching a good movie or a favorite tv show, drawing and crossword puzzles.
Family was extremely important to Leah and her love for her whole Family would always shine through at the large or small gatherings that frequently happened.
We lost Leah to a Heroin overdose Christmas Eve day. We had known about Leah’s struggle with addiction starting, at least a couple years ago, maybe as far back as her first year out of high school. First pills; then heroin. Sounds like the theme for so many families that have gone through the tragic loss of a child, or in the process of worrying about them. Leah was trying to overcome her battle with this terrible disease of drug addiction with the help of professionals, programs and resources in the area.
If you have a loved one going through this, we are so sorry. We have had several conversations, confrontations and arguments with Leah about this over time but there was always LOVE.
We Will Never Stop Loving Our Leah For Ever And Ever.
Besides her parents, Debbie and Troy, Leah leaves her sister, Katelyn Jacques of Greenfield; her paternal grandmother, Anita Jacques of Greenfield; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Leah was predeceased by her paternal grandfather Leo Jacques and her maternal grandparents Leon and Dorothy Chagnon.
There will be no funeral services at this time. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to the Leah Ann Jacques Memorial Fund, c/o Franklin First Federal Credit Union, 57 Newton Street, Greenfield, MA 01301. Proceeds will be used for her nephew’s future and education.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home.
Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com