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Nancy Rainbow (Fortner) Shaer

March 23, 1946 ~ July 8, 2021 (age 75)

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FEEDING HILLS – Rainbow Shaer, 75, passed away on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at her home in Feeding Hills, MA.  At the time of her passing, Rainbow was surrounded by her devoted family. 

Rainbow was born in Tampa, FL on March 23, 1946, to Percy Fortner and Ruth (Carty) Fortner.

Rainbow was an avid pet lover, multitalented artist, musician, author, gardener, and event planner.  Rainbow enjoyed creating beautiful works of art and capturing inspiring images through photography.  She mastered playing the accordion and piano, authored 4 books, earned her certification as a Master Gardner and Herbalist, and was a former member of the Agawam Garden Club.  In her younger years, Rainbow enjoyed putting on fashion shows and organizing roller skating events at Riverside Roll A Way.

Rainbow was proud of her Native American heritage.  Rainbow is a member of the Cherokee tribe.  She was the Chief of the Free Cherokee and assisted in organizing the annual pow-wow at the Polish American Club of Agawam.

Rainbow is predeceased by her parents Percy Fortner and Ruth(Carty) Boston.

Survivors include her husband Joe Shaer of Feeding Hills, MA, her sons Chris Jennison and his former wife Laura of Agawam, MA and Todd Jennison and his life partner Debbie of Ludlow, MA, her sister Terry Field and her husband Bill of Delhi, NY, grandchildren: Donovan Jennison, Christopher Jennison and his partner Alissa, Colby Jennison, Kayla Jennison, and  Connor Jennison, her dog Zoe, close friends Barbara, Sue, and Hedy, along with many other friends and family members. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations are made to the Westfield Homeless Cat Project, donations may be mailed to 1124 East Mountain Rd, Westfield, MA 01085.

Visitation will be held from 9 – 10 AM on Sat. July 17, 2021, at Southwick Community Episcopal Church, 660 College Hwy, Southwick, MA 01077.  A funeral service will be held a 10 AM followed by burial in Springfield Street Cemetery, Agawam, MA. 

To express condolences to the family please visit Rainbow’s memorial page at

End of life arrangements entrusted to Avalon Funeral and Cremation Services, 691 College Hwy, Southwick, MA 01077 

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July 17, 2021

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Southwick Community Episcopal Church
660 College Hwy
Southwick, MA 01077

Funeral Service
July 17, 2021

10:00 AM
Southwick Community Episcopal Church
660 College Hwy
Southwick, MA 01077


Springfield Street Cemetery
1078 Springfield St
Feeding Hills, MA 01030

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