SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 11, 2012

Jean C. Twiss, 90


Dennis — Jean C. Twiss, of Dennis, died at Epoch of Brewster on Saturday, October 6, 2012. She was 90 years old. She was the second American-born child of her Russian Émigré parents, the late Konstantin and Katherine Socoloff. She was predeceased by her sister Mary C. Melnick and her brother Walter C. Socoloff.

She is survived by her son, Richard H. LaFreniere and his wife Marilyn, Lakeland, Fla.; her daughter, Barbara J. Decareau, and her husband James, Ipswich; her daughter-in-law Sandra Gynan and her husband Sam, Greenville, Maine; and by her son-in-law Francis J Weber, Summerville, S.C.; her niece, Kathryn M. Pike and her husband Tom, Cambridge, NY..; and by her nephew, Andrew D. Melnick, of Dennis. She had nine grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren, along with many grand/great nieces and nephews.

Jean, and her late husband, Chester N. Twiss, retired from The Jordan Marsh Company and The Salem Evening News, respectively, and moved to Dennis from the North Shore community of Hamilton, in the early 80s.

She was a 29-year volunteer at Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary, Hyannis, with over 10,000 hours of volunteer service. She served on the boards of Council on Aging, Dennis, Josiah Dennis Manse, Dennis Water Quality Advisory Board, Dennis Village Improvement Society, Village Garden Club of Dennis, and the Questers, Barnstable. She was a past president of the Hunt Memorial Aid in Danvers, and the Hamilton-Wenham Historical Society.

She was a forty-plus year breast cancer survivor. She was a friend of The Dennis Memorial Library and was very grateful to the Dennis Fire Department and EMT Service for their fast responses to her calls for medical aid and assistance. Donations, in lieu of flowers, to the library, fire department, or any of the organizations mentioned here, will be deeply appreciated by the family.

ARRANGEMENTS: A private graveside service was held in Danvers, on Wednesday, October 10, where she was laid to rest along side her husband Chet. Arrangements made by C.R. Lyons & Sons, Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., Danvers. www.LyonsFuneral.com