TURNERS FALLS - Jane E. (Zucker) Percival, 73, of Montague City Road, died Monday (6-16-14) at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
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She was born in St. Louis, MO, on Sept. 29, 1940, the daughter of Richard and Florence (Stefan) Zucker. She attended local schools in St. Louis, MO, and was a graduate of Affton High School. She began her higher education at Blackburn College where she met her beloved husband, James B. Percival.
Jane was married in Carlinville, IL, in 1960, started a family, and ultimately moved to Massachusetts where she completed her bachelor's degree in English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Over the course of several years, she went on to earn both her Master's and her Ed.D. at UMass.
She taught sixth grade in the Greenfield Public School system from 1972 to 1994, during which time she spent a year as a Lucretia Crocker Fellow, travelling to public schools as a Title I consultant. After leaving Greenfield schools, she was an Assistant Professor of Education at Keene State College, and after six years returned to the middle school classroom as a teacher at Hilltown Charter School in Haydenville, MA, until her retirement in 2011.
After her retirement from teaching, Jane became a devoted foster parent for Dare Family Services. She also spent several years as a board member for the Reinventing Justice Program, was a facilitator for the local NAMI-WM family support group, and was a consultant to the America Reads Program in NH.
In her spare time, she enjoyed her garden, sewing, and spending time along the rocky coast of Portland, Maine.
Among her survivors, Jane leaves a son, Chad Percival of Turners Falls; two daughters, Monica Percival and her partner Anna Jonsson of Granby, MA, and Amanda Percival Verlander and her husband Todd and granddaughter, Stella Rae Verlander; two brothers, Richard Hunter of Albuquerque, NM, and James Zucker of Denver, CO; a sister-in-law, Hope Radcliff, and her nephew, Kyle Radcliff, both of Erving.
Jane was predeceased by her husband, James B. Percival, on April 12, 2012.
A memorial graveside service will be held Saturday (6-28-14) at 10 a.m. at Federal Street Cemetery in Greenfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Alliance for Mental Illness, 717 Main St., Agawam, MA 01001 or to the Greenfield Public Library, Greenfield, MA.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home. Sympathy message available at: www.kostanskifuneralhome.com
Kostanski Funeral Home
220 Federal Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Published in The Recorder on June 21, 2014