It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our amazing mother, Roberta M. “Bobbie” (Manning) Addison, 86, a Springfield resident for over 60 years, passed away early Thursday evening, November 14, 2019 in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family. Bobbie was born in Boston, a daughter of the late Anthony J. and Roberta M. (Rogers) Manning on August 21, 1933 and was educated in Lawrence, MA and a graduate of St. Mary’s Parochial School system and the former Burdette College in Boston. She married James Addison and devoted her time taking care and raising her family for many years. She began a long career in the insurance industry beginning with Mass Mutual for many years, then Monarch Life, and eventually retiring from Unicare Insurance Company. Bobbie always had a strong catholic faith and was a longtime communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Springfield. She enjoyed trips to Mohegan Sun, times shared with her many friends at the Hampden Senior Center where she also volunteered and was active with the Girl Scouts, and trips to Maine. Her favorite pastime was spending precious time with her family, especially with her two granddaughters Alexandra and Hannah who were the light of her life. Besides her parents and former husband, she was predeceased by her three sons, James Joseph, James Michael and John Stephen Addison who all died as result of Cystic Fibrosis. She also lost her brother, Anthony Manning; her sister, Margaret Fitzpatrick; as well as her nephew and godson, Paul Fitzpatrick. She is survived by her two loving daughters, Kathleen E. Powers and her husband Mark of East Longmeadow, and Cynthia A. Rubin and her husband Rick of Hampden; two cherished granddaughters, Alexandra E. and Hannah L. Rubin both of Hampden; her nieces, Gail, Debbie, Ann and Patty; nephews, Gary and Kevin Manning, extended nieces and nephews from the McGrath family from CA; as well as her grandnieces, grandnephews, a host of friends who she adored, and her grand-dogs, Ellie, Sadie and Baby. Bobbie also had an exceptional fondness and close relationship with all of her daughter’s friends through the many years, which she offered her friendship, guidance and love as well. A special thanks to all of Mom’s neighbors, including the Doyle’s, Moorhouse’s and Vivenzio’s, all of the nurses, PCT’s at Mercy Hospital, and everyone who offered never ending support, love and prayers to our mother and all of our family. Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday evening, November 19th from 4-7 PM at the Byron Keenan Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen St., in Springfield. Family and friends may gather Wednesday morning, November 20th beginning at 8:30 AM at the funeral home followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick’s Church, 1900 Allen St., with Rites of Committal to conclude in the Addison family lot in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 421 Tinkham Rd., all in Springfield. In lieu of flowers contributions in Bobbie’s name may be directed to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 North Main St., Suite 104, Natick, MA 01160. “Mom, we are so blessed that God chose you to be our mother, thank you for all that you have done for us in our life. We are proud to say we are your daughters and love you to the Moon and back”
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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
220 North Main Street, Natick MA 01760