Jean Raffin

Jean P Raffin

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020
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RAFFIN, Jean Patricia (Tarullo), 89, June 24, 2020, of Franklin, formerly of Medfield, wife of the late John Raffin, daughter of the late Dan and Concetta Tarullo, sister of the late Eleanor Levy, Josephine Falco, Ralph P.Tarullo and Daniel J.Tarullo. Loving mother of the late Steven E. Raffin. Survived by beloved sons Paul J. of New York City, David J. and his wife Beth of Franklin, daughters Patricia M. Bergmann of Joliet IL, Susan A.Valego and her husband Steven of Chandler, AZ, and Lisa J. of Cambridge. Also survived by her beloved grandchildren: Robert Bergmann of Joliet IL, Jonathan Raffin of LA, Zackery and Olivia Raffin of New York City, Natalie and Nicole Valego of Chandler, AZ, Trevor and Kaylee Raffin of Franklin, and William Raffin of Cambridge. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Memorial donations in Jean's name would be appreciated by CATHOLIC TELEVISION at

During her lifetime, Jean spent her "spare time" in many church and community activities, including Little League Coach in 1968, and the Medfield Drill Team. She played the piano and conducted "sing-a-longs" at the Medfield Nursing Home and Medfield State Hospital. Jean was the first Secretary of the Medfield Police Department starting in 1971. She was also active in St. Edward's Church, including Organist and Choir Director 1970-1979, President of the Parish Council, CCD Coordinator for Confirmation, and Lector. Jean and her husband, John, teamed up as Adult Advisors to the CYO, organizing trips and events such as retreats and paper drives, social and community activities, including Bike Rides for Life. She was a volunteer for Birthright, and in 1974, she and daughter, Tricia, were awarded commendation medals by Cardinal Medeiros for their Pro-Life work.
Jean was a faithful rooter at the many games and sports in which her children participated during their school years. She loved sewing and needlepoint, growing houseplants, playing bridge, the New England Patriots, Bermuda, "Einstein" - her Miniature Dachshund, and "Lucy" - her black Cocker Spaniel, cooking and entertaining, especially pool parties for friends, neighbors and kids' groups. The Raffin family lived at 3 Flint Locke Lane from 1961 to 1983.
In her later years, Jean enjoyed working on her computer, especially making the greeting cards that she sent to family and friends, and printing the photographs that she took with her digital camera. After leaving Medfield, she lived in Waltham, Sandwich, and in 2000, moved to Franklin, where she continued volunteer work as the first pianist for the "Franklin Singing Seniors", a group that performed for various audiences in Franklin and neighboring communities.
Jean's last years were filled with delight watching all her grandchildren grow, sewing pajamas and nightgowns for them, and doll clothes for their "babies", and giving piano lessons to three of them. Jean took much pride in their accomplishments in school, sports, and other activities.
Funeral Mass will be Monday July 6th 1130am at St. Edward the Confessor Church. Burial to follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Monday, July 6th, 2020 11:30am
    St. Edward the Confessor Church
    133 Spring St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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  • Interment

    Mt. Auburn Cemetery
    580 Mt. Auburn St.
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Ann Berkley

Posted at 04:20pm
May she Rest In Peace forever. My deepest sympathy for her entire family. God bless. Annie Berkley

Mary Sullivan

Posted at 07:05am
Rest in peace dear friend

Patty kiessling

Posted at 09:05pm
Jean was a wonderful neighbor in Medfield, a friend of many. When I was around 8-11 yo, I remember much fun jumping into the Raffins pool, kids swimming and playing.... it was always fun and felt special. She raised good kids and over the years families become more complicated, she was a woman of faith, was resilient, and faithful to God. Losing a loved one is very hard , peace. Condolences.

Steven Farrell

Posted at 01:13pm
From her pride in her family and Italian heritage, to her generosity to friends and strangers alike, Mrs. Raffin was an unforgettable woman. She was a great friend to my uncle, Fr. John Mark Hannon, and then to my parents, Dan and Mary Farrell... and to me and all 10 of my siblings. I will miss her. She was a great lady, in all senses of the word.


Posted at 06:20pm
Jean could do everything and do it well. From flower arranging to playing the organ at St. Edwards in Medfield. Many a day and night were spent poolside with a group of friends. She was always generous with her time and talents. Rest In Peace Jean. Joan Kiessling

Eileen Posted at 09:47pm

Mrs. Raffin was a very special lady and a Medfield icon back In the day - CCD ( she was my instructor and then talked me Into teaching a class a few years later, CYO, great pool parties, and a vocal cheerleader at Lisa’s MHS basketball ( soccer and softball) games.... There’s no doubt that Jean is singing in heaven with Father Hannon by now. May she Rest In Peace forever. With heartfelt sympathy to her entire family. God Bless, Eileen DeSorgher

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