Nancy Jean Lewis-Hess, longtime resident of Springfield, passed away on Thursday, May 13, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield at the age of 67. Nancy was born on March 21, 1954, in Springfield, MA, a beloved daughter of John R. Sr. and Barbara J. (Poole) Lewis. She was raised and educated in Springfield and was a graduate of Technical High School. Nancy was employed for many years as a Zookeeper for the City of Springfield at Forest Park Children’s Zoo where her love of animals began. Nancy also was employed at the Forest Park greenhouse for several years where she excelled with her green thumb. She was a true nature girl who loved all kinds of animals, from her pugs to the parrots and owl’s that she raised, and the squirrels that she fed daily. Nancy also found respite in gardening at home and was hailed for her delicious tomatoes. She was a huge Elvis fan and had the opportunity to make the pilgrimage to Graceland and walk the grounds of the King. She leaves behind her loving husband of 22 years, Daniel James Hess of Springfield, sisters, Cheryl A. Jones and her husband, Don of Windsor, CT and Deborah M. Corbett of Longmeadow, brother, John R. Lewis, Jr and his wife, Amy of Westfield, brothers-in-law, Michael Grassetti of Agawam and John Corbett, nieces and nephews, Rob and his wife, Kim, Kristen and her husband, Derek, Catherine, Kaitlin, and Micaela; two great-nephews and her beloved Pug, Lucy. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Sandy Grassetti in 2006 and by her Pugs, Cosmo, and Lila, and most recently Rocco. Family and friends are invited to gather on Tuesday, May 18th, for a period of visitation from 5-7 p.m. at Hafey Springfield Chapels, 494 Belmont Avenue, a funeral home service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. Committal prayers and burial will be held on Wednesday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at Agawam Center Cemetery, Main Street, Agawam. In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. For online condolences please visit www.hafeyfuneralservice.com
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