HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - Janet Elizabeth Driscoll, formerly of Olean, passed away peacefully Thursday (March 14, 2013) in Presbyterian Hospital, Huntersville.
Born Aug. 15, 1934, in Olean, she was the daughter of Charles J. and Lucelia E. Hendryx Foster of Olean. On Jan. 31, 1953, in Olean, she married her loving husband, Robert E. Driscoll, who predeceased her in July 1999.
Mrs. Driscoll was a 1952 graduate of Olean High School, and while raising her four children she entered St. Bonaventure University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 1972 and a master's degree in education in 1981.
She taught at Bolivar Elementary School and St. Mary of the Angels parochial schools for many years prior to moving to Largo, Fla., in 1986 with her husband. She continued to teach for 12 years in the Pinellas County school system.
Mrs. Driscoll was a resident of The Villages in Florida for four years before moving to Huntersville with her daughter and son-in-law.
She had been a member of St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean and later St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Largo, Fla. She enjoyed traveling, reading and crafting for friends and family.
Surviving are her devoted daughter, Karen Anne (Curtis) Marshall of Huntersville; two sons, Steven E. (Mary) Driscoll of Olean and Robert J. (Barbara) Driscoll of Allegany; one granddaughter, Kelsey Anne Driscoll; three grandsons, Robert M. Driscoll, Sean M. Driscoll and Kyle R. Driscoll; a sister-in-law, Audrey Jean Nickel Foster of Duluth, Ga.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, who enjoyed being together for celebrations and close family gatherings.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her eldest son, Charles E. Driscoll, in 2003; two brothers, retired Capt. James Foster and Donald Foster; a sister-in-law, Patricia La Fever Foster; and her special lifelong friend and cousin, Nancy Foster-Milgate.
Friends will be received at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean, on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday (March 19, 2013), beginning with a prayer service at 9 a.m. in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. in St. Bonaventure Church. The Rev. James Vacco, O.F.M., pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Tim Milgate Memorial Golisano Children's Hospital, 300 E. River Road, P.O. Box 270032, Rochester, NY 14627. Online condolences may be expressed at www.oleanfuneralhome.com.