Deanna "Dee" R. Newhouse, 53, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 28, 2022 surrounded by her beloved family at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA following a lengthy illness.
Dee was born in Winchester, MA, raised in Springfield, MA, and has resided in West Springfield, MA for most of her adult life. She was the daughter of Mary and Ronald Richard of Springfield, MA and late father, Lewis Newhouse, Jr. She is survived by her son Jeffrey Steil of Las Vegas, NV and daughters Amanda Oliver of West Springfield, MA; Skye Oliver and 10-month-old granddaughter, Amelia Oliver Tweedie, of East Hartford, CT; and Heidi Oliver of Burlington, CT. Dee leaves behind her brothers Eric Newhouse of Eastham, MA; William Newhouse (wife, Linda) of Clinton, CT: Fred Newhouse (wife, Robin) of Chester, VA; and step-brothers Ronald Richard, Jr. of Denver, CO and Michael Richard (wife, Debbie) of Merritt Island, FL. She also leaves her sisters Susan Brusa (husband, Jason) of Feeding Hills, MA and Tara Newhouse of Leesburg, FL. As well as her cousin, Lorna Tilton (husband, Paul) of Nashua, NH and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. She was predeceased by her cherished and adored Aunt Mary and Uncle Fred Comeau and cousin Marj Valentine all of Reading, MA.
Dee will be remembered especially for her caring manner and always thinking of others. She had a special way of putting others' needs before her own and a giddy laugh that she included with comments that made you stop and wonder "...wait a minute, is she being sarcastic?" She loved her family and was overjoyed with the recent birth of her first grandchild. Her love of cooking and baking was appreciated by her family and friends. Her neighbors would often be surprised with some kind of baked goody. She enjoyed crocheting (a hobby she learned from her beloved Aunt Mary at an early age) and loved sharing about her projects with others. Her love of animals was obvious with how she cared for her pets. Her dog, Tazz, and her cats, Spooky and Curious, will miss her dearly. It was not out of the ordinary to find Dee under her car making her own repairs because "why pay someone to do it when can do it myself?" Her desire to give back was evident by her recent donation of her hair to the Locks of Love Foundation. To honor Dee best, you are urged to start a conversation with a total stranger and make them smile like she would have.
All services are private at the convenience of the family. The Grise Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.GriseFH.com.