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Jane B. Marino

NORTH ADAMS Jane B. Marino died peacefully on Wednesday, March 11, at the North Adams Commons following a brief illness. In October, she celebrated her 100th birthday with nearly 100 friends and family members.Born in Skewen, Wales, Jane moved with her parents and brother to Maine when she was six years old. She graduated from Wells (ME) HS and New England Deaconess School of Nursing, following which she worked as a nurse at the former Plunkett Hospital in Adams for three years. After raising her family, she returned to nursing at North Adams Regional Hospital, where she worked in obstetrics for 20 years until her retirement in 1983. A favorite family story recounts the November night in 1971, when she came on duty just in time to bring her grandson David into the world. Retirement for Jane meant pursuing a college degree at (then) North Adams State College, where she earned a BA in Literature at the age of 78, graduating magna cum laude. Four years later, she was awarded a BA in Social Studies, again with a magna cum laude distinction. During her time on campus, Jane appeared in a number of college plays and became an equity actress for a role in the locally filmed American Playhouse production, "A Mistaken Charity." Beginning in 1984, Jane volunteered for many years at North Adams Regional Hospital, first as a patient representative and later helping in the medical staff and medical records offices. A member of First United Methodist Church since 1939, she served in a wide variety of leadership roles and was active in United Methodist Women, adult education, and the choir. An avid writer and correspondent, Jane enjoyed composing verses to mark special occasions, and her written accounts of family vacations are cherished mementoes. Mail delivery was always a highlight of her day, and she was zealous about responding, even when her health was declining. Jane is predeceased by her "dear Tony," who died in 1977. She is survived by three sons: Ralph (Jacqueline) of Valley Falls, NY; Mark (Suzette) of Binghamton, NY; and Paul of North Adams; three grandsons: Stephen Marino (Diane), David Marino, and Philip Marino; four granddaughters: Kathryn Madigan (Douglas), Deborah Gonyea (Larry), Corinne Dockery, and Katina Marino; five great-grandsons: Patrick Madigan, Kenneth Madigan, John Dockery, IV, Aiden Stasik, and Karson Marino; and two great-granddaughters: Sydney Dockery and Sophia Gonyea. FUNERAL NOTICE: Visiting hours will be held Saturday, March 21, at New Hope United Methodist Church, 4 Water Street, Williamstown from 12 to 2 p.m. A celebration of Jane's life will follow at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Dan Randall and the Rev. Courtney Randall, pastors, officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jane's memory to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (www.umcor.org) or New Hope UMC, PO Box 744, North Adams, MA 01247. For Further information, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 16, 2015
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