Jane L. Wakin
Jane L. Wakin
  • September 7, 1927 - February 15, 2017
  • Oneonta, New York

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Jane Wakin, of Oneonta, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 as she joined her husband David, who has been waiting to dance together in heaven.

Jane was born on September 7, 1927 in Monticello, NY, the daughter of Charles and Ethel (Thompson) Haas.

Jane is predeceased by her husband David, son Richard, granddaughter Amanda, parents Charles and Ethel, sister Virginia (Haas) Tursi, and brothers Charles and Harold Haas.

Jane is survived by her children David C. Wakin, wife Karen; Harold J. Wakin, wife Denise; Michael S. Wakin; and Virginia Lee, husband Richard. She is also survived by her grandchildren David E. Wakin, wife Dezeree; Melissa Wakin Mostert, husband Stephen; Shawn E. Wakin; Danielle E. Wakin; and Michael W. Lee; and her great grandchildren Trey and Taylor Mostert; and Mercedes, Olivia, Sophia and Cadence Wakin; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Jane had an incredible life. She grew up on a farm in Monticello, and at the age of sixteen she arrived in Oneonta by bus to attend Hartwick College when it was one building. She received her degree as a Registered Nurse and began her career of caring for people. She was always proud to wear her nursing uniform, especially her nursing cap. She served as a nurse in the US Cadet Nurse Corps throughout the United States during WWII, and met her husband David while working at Homer Folks Hospital in Oneonta, marrying him six months later on June 17, 1948. She worked at A. O. Fox Memorial Hospital for many years, at the Upstate Baptist Home, and for Dr. B. Vakili. She was a member of St. Mary's Church, Rosary Society, and Young at Heart, the Red Cross Association, the Heart Association, West Oneonta Fireman Ambulance Association, the Eagles Club, the Moose Club, the 6th Ward Athletic Club, and she was deeply dedicated to fundraise for the Retarded Association and was President of the ARC at the time of the Oneonta workshop formation.

Jane enjoyed cooking, baking, growing her garden and tending to her beautiful flowers. She had such a green thumb she would have house plants for decades. When it was harvest time, anyone who came into the house had to shuck some peas or snap some beans. She and Dave would can tomatoes and freeze the vegetables so the family was well provided with garden-grown food all year long. They loved to dance - square dancing, polka, round dancing, and waltzing. She was also a great seamstress and would make all her square dance dresses. Jane's faith, work ethic and values provided her unwavering strength and dedication to her goals. Her unimpeachable force of will was matched only by her love of charity and community. She was constantly fundraising for a variety of causes; charities, scholarships and especially for those with special needs. Jane also loved to have fun. She loved to laugh and make those around her laugh. One of her favorite activities was playing cards with her friends. But her greatest joy, her greatest love of all, was her family. Jane dedicated her life to family, kindness, and caring for others. Her love of family and her zest for life will live on for generations.

In the last few years, Jane welcomed a second family into her life. To all those who so lovingly provided care to Jane, the family is profoundly and eternally grateful: especially to Lisa, Marlee, Stacey, Jamie, Nancy, Barbara, Jenny, Jessica, Mary Ann, and Moriah; know you held a special place in Jane's heart. Also to all who work at Hospice, the family thanks you for.everything.

Friends may call on Friday, February 24, 2017, from 5 to 7 pm at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St, Oneonta.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta with Rev. David Mickiewicz, pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in the spring at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.