A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Francis in Windsor on Monday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. for Jane Anne Deignan, 87, who died Aug. 20, surrounded by her loving family and caregivers at Cedar Hill Continuing Care in Windsor.
Jane was born on March 11, 1927 in Illinois, daughter of John E. and Lucille (Condon) Dunn.
As a young girl, her family moved to Rhode Island where she was raised and attended Elmhurst Academy. Jane later earned her degree from the Maryland College for Women and worked as a dental assistant in Rhode Island.
She married William J. Deignan Jr. in 1950 and successfully raised five children, carting them to and fro as a personal taxi service – mostly with her usual smile!
Jane inherited her passion for all things music from her Uncle Eddie Condon, the beloved jazz musician and New York Jazz club owner. In addition to music, Jane was passionate about volunteerism and for years delivered Meals on Wheels around Rhode Island. An avid reader throughout her life, Jane also volunteered for years at the Martin County Library in Stuart, Florida where she and Bill resided on Hutchinson Island from 1982 – 2003.
After losing her husband, Jane moved to Woodstock and lived for some years at The Homestead where she thoroughly enjoyed village life and living close to her family. In 2009, Jane moved to Cedar Hill where she was “the life of the party.” Her perpetual smile and loving nature will be missed by all who knew her.
Jane is survived by her four daughters; Elizabeth (Daniel Bellmore) of Woodstock, Meghan Damian of Charlotte, North Carolina, Catherine (Karly Bozick) of Troutman, North Carolina and Michaela Regan (John) of Topsfield, Massachusetts; and her loving son, David Deignan (Viviana) of Olney, Maryland. Jane leaves five precious grandchildren; Ashley Damian, Michael and John Deignan, Jack and Caitlin Regan. Jane and Bill were blessed with an extended family through Liza and Katy’s blended families and so leave behind seven more wonderful grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents; her brothers; and her husband.
Memorial donations may be made to the Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock. You can find an on line guest book at cabotfh.com
This obituary first appeared in the September 5, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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