May 16, 2022

Janet A. (McKearney) Dyer


Janet A. (McKearney) Dyer, 84, of Seekonk, MA passed away peacefully and surrounded by her loving family on Friday, October 22, 2021, at her residence following a period of declining health. She was the best friend and beloved wife of Edward A. Dyer Sr., whom she married on May 17, 1991.

Born in Attleboro, MA, on April 23, 1937, and raised in Rehoboth, MA where she resided for 50 years, she was a daughter of the late James Leo McKearney and the late Gladys (May) Johnson. Her early education was in the City of Attleboro, and she was a 1954 graduate of Taunton High School.

Janet resided in Seekonk for the past ten years, having previously been a resident of Centerville, Wrentham, and Attleboro Falls, MA.

She was a caring woman who, as a funeral professional at the William W. Tripp Funeral Home in Pawtucket, RI, and the former Edward A. Dyer Funeral Home in Attleboro Falls (now Dyer-Lake Funeral Home), she comforted many families with her genuine compassion over the years. She devoted herself to being a funeral assistant from 1982 until her retirement in 1998.

Janet attended the Central Congregational Church in Attleboro Falls.

Her favorite pastimes include gardening and more gardening, bird watching, cooking, sewing, word searches, jigsaw puzzles and crafting. She and her husband traveled extensively throughout the world, including spending the Millennium in Australia and having visited every state in the continental United States aboard their motorhome.

She enjoyed the sounds of country music and as an ardent sports enthusiast, was a fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.

Janet will best be remembered as a sensitive, caring caregiver to her family who was dedicated and devoted to each and every member of her immediate and extended family.

In addition to her husband of 30 years, she leaves her children: Cheryl A. Chaloux and her husband, John Chaloux, of Rehoboth, MA; Kristen A. Auciello and her husband, Nicholas Auciello, of North Attleboro, MA; Kimberly J. Fabrizio and her husband, Dean Fabrizio, of Trumbull, CT; Edward A. Dyer Jr. and his wife, Jennifer Dyer, of Seekonk, MA; and Melissa L. Schwalbe and her husband, Todd Schwalbe, of North Attleboro, MA; ten grandchildren: Caitlin, Kevin, Mia, Molly, Ryan, Matthew, Abigail, Emma, Theodore and Brooks; two great grandchildren: Noah and Eli; her brother: Gary S. McKearney of Rehoboth, MA; and several nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

She was the mother of the late Bruce Edward Fontaine who died in 1992.

Janet was the sister of the late James L. McKearney Jr., Ronald E. "Mac" McKearney, Richard A. McKearney, Raymond C. McKearney, and Gladys M. Benoit.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend Visitation on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the "Memorial Chapel" of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro, MA.

Funeral Services, to which family and friends are cordially invited, will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. in the "Memorial Chapel" of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro, MA.
Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery and Arboretum, North Attleboro, MA.

As an ardent gardener Janet loved flowers, or if desired, donations may be made instead in Janet's memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut St # 102, Wellesley, MA 02481 or by accessing:

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Arrangements are under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleborough. (508) 695-0200

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