Jeannine C. 'Jeannie' Richards

Jeannine C. (Fontaine) Richards, 96, of Salem, passed away peacefully at Alliance Health at Rosewood in Peabody on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. She was the devoted wife of the late Edward J. Richards with whom she shared 42 years of marriage.
Born and raised in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Henry J. and Ernestine (Charron) Fontaine. Jeannie, as she preferred to be called, was a lifelong resident of Salem and a stay at home mom. She was devoted to her husband, family and large extended family. She loved time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jeannie was a religious woman and a member of the former St. Joseph Parish of Salem for most of her life. She was currently a member of Mary Queen of the Apostles Parish at the Immaculate Conception Church in Salem.
She is survived by her three sons, Robert J. Richards and his wife Martha of Bucksport, ME, Ronald H. Richards and his wife Joy of Athens, ME, Thomas E. Richards and his life partner Susan Sisolak of Topsfield, and her daughter, Carole A. Grifoni and her husband Vincent of Peabody and daughter-in-law, Donna Richards of Woburn. She also leaves her sister, Gertrude “Trudy’ Woodfin of Laconia, NH, formerly of Marblehead, 12 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son, Norman A. Richards. Relatives and friends are invited to her calling hours at the Levesque Funeral Home, 163 Lafayette St. [Route 114 / 1-A] Salem, on Monday, May 10, 2021 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, the 11th at 10:00 AM in the Immaculate Conception Church, 15 Hawthorne Blvd., Salem, followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Salem. Guests must wear protective face covering and maintain social distancing. In lieu of flowers kindly consider a memorial contribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. For guestbook and to send a condolence message to her family, please visit
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