Jane S. Beatty
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Surviving With a Smile
Jane Beatty was a survivor. When her first marriage broke up, she was thrust into the job market for the first time and found work as a cocktail waitress in Toronto, where she was raised. Then she learned computer skills and switched careers, eventually becoming a technical supervisor at Marsh & McLennan in New York.

Ms. Beatty, 53, faced another challenge more recently when she was found to have breast cancer. By that time, she had left Canada and moved to Belford, N.J., to marry the retired police officer she had met on a blind date while visiting a friend. The friend, Lorraine Greskow, said Ms. Beatty remained upbeat, even after her mastectomy. "She always had a smile on her face, even through all that," she said.

In August, Jane Beatty and her husband, Bob, went to Atlantic City to privately mark her fifth anniversary of being cancer-free. She told her mother it was too early to make a big fuss. "She said she wasn't going to celebrate until she was clear for six years," said her mother, Beth Chrystal.

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Published in Toronto Star on Nov. 5, 2001.
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March 7, 2018
Shelley Mcintyre
March 7, 2018
Shelley Mcintyre
March 7, 2018
Thinking of you still
Shelley Mcintyre
March 6, 2018
I was just going through some photographs of my trip to NYC in 2015. I came across this one and uploaded it, and decided to search Twitter, and ended up on this page.

I thought you might like to see it.
Ged Lawson
September 13, 2017
Philadelphia August 2001. Last photo taken with Jane
Joanna Chrystal
September 13, 2017
2015 Lunch with Brent, Jane's son and my daughter Haley.
Joanna Chrystal
September 11, 2017
I love you Mum.
Brent McIntosh
June 8, 2017
Praying for Jane's friends and family today. We will never forget that horrible day when we lost her. Much love from Texas,
Del Newberry
June 1, 2017
Dear Jane,

I remember we were friends in high schoo,l Eastern High School of Commerce in the Danforth area.

Time went by and we lost contact, I'm very sad for that. I've been thinking of you recently and remember seeing your photo in a Toronto magazine, after 9/11. I thought I had kept that magazine, but found after we moved that I hadn't.

I found your photo on line. It's been a long time since we last saw each other and now we never well.

Thinking of you,
Audrey Matthews Manasterski
Audrey Manasterski
October 13, 2016
I have never had the chance to meet Jane, I have been looking into my family tree lately, and came across this page, just want to send my love to her family.

love always your niece Tessa Gargett (Chrystal)
May 22, 2016
Dear Jane,
I'm so sorry your life was cut short by this horrendous crime. Recently, I spent some time with Bobby. He misses you more than you could imagine. Although I tried to help him feel better, it didn't work. He will never get over losing you and the pain he feels. I wish you had stayed home that day for any reason you might have been able to use. Although I never knew you, I know Bobby and have for a long time. His pain is much more than I could bear alone as he does. He is a good man, Jane - always has been, always will be. He will love you forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. I could not stand to live with the pain he feels in losing you. It's very sad. I hope one day he will heal, never to forget you, but to let his heart feel better while he is still here with us. He's far too wonderful to spend his remaining years alone. I wish you were still here with him so he could feel better. Wishing you peace and God's blessings, Jane. You were well loved here.
Bonnie Knight
November 4, 2015
You dont know me but a serendipity event at th memorial museum made me think about you. My Prayers are with you.
Ricardo Campos
September 11, 2015
Miss You Jane
September 11, 2015
Rick Chrystal
September 11, 2015
Dear Jane,
I have thought about you so often this year. Its been a tough year for me and so many times I have wanted to throw in the towel. And then I thought of you and all you had been through and all your family has had to endure and it gave me the strength to realize how much I have. I believe you are a cancer survivor and your courage amazes me. I'm actually working as a volunteer at a cancer benefit today and thinking of you and other loved ones and volunteering in your honor. As always, your family is in my prayers. Thanks for helping me through the hard times this year! Forever in my heart!
Heidi Kreinz
September 11, 2015
Think of you all the time and miss you more than ever.it just seems like yesterday that this tragedy happened.
We love you Jane.
Joanna Chrystal
September 4, 2015
Shelley, you can reach me at drewmci@hotmail.com
Drew McIntosh
August 20, 2015
I thought of Jane today. Auntie Jane to me. I was moving my mom to a retirement home (Shirley was her best friend for a good portion of her life) and found a needle point picture of Jane. It captures her essence and before I even looked at the back, knew it was her just by the way she held her head and her posture. She was a beautiful woman. I miss her. Drew and Brent, it would be so nice to catch up one day. Sending much love and know I have wonderful memories of your mother.
Shelley McIntyre
September 13, 2014
Hi Heidi,
Thank you for always remembering Jane on September 11th even though you didn't know her.
Time does heal, but I think about Jane every day and wish she
was still with us.
Joanna ( Jane's sister)
September 11, 2014
Dear Jane and Family,

Another anniversary of such a tragic moment in time. Thinking of you and praying for your family! Hoping with every passing year that it gets easier on your family but I can't imagine how it could. Again, please know Jane has not been forgotten! I love to read Jane's story and see her courage and strength. Although I had never met her, I hold her legacy close to my heart! Xo
Heidi Kreinz
September 24, 2013
God Bless You Jane and your entire family and loved ones.
Richard Beatty
September 14, 2013
Thank you Heidi. It does help.
September 11, 2013
Dear Jane,

12 years has passed since this terrible situation. I still think of you and you family and friends often. I can't imagine what this tragic anniversary does to them. Especially what is going on in our world right now. I hope it brings your loved ones some comfort to know that a stranger does think of you and them and sends prayers and love their way. You will never be forgotten!

Heidi Kreinz
September 11, 2013
Missing you today. xo
May 12, 2013
I miss you Mom.
January 26, 2013
I walked a mile for you (mile #154) on 1/26/13 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
September 12, 2012
I miss not having you in my life Jane.

J xxoo
Joanna Chrystal
September 11, 2012
I still can't believe you're gone. This day gets harder every year. You will never be forgotten! We love you and miss you every day!
Teri Beatty
September 11, 2012
Enjoy ordinary moments
Watching the memorial this morning and heard my last name. That makes you think a little more about how fortunate you are and how precious every second of life is. I am sure there is no legal relation but we are all related in more ways than one. God bless
Stephan Beatty
September 11, 2012
Dear Jane and Family,
Thinking of you today on this anniversary. I just read Jane's daughter in law's post from last year. It saddens me that her little girls will never be able to meet their grandmother. It's another reminder of how this day not only impacts those of us who witnessed it but, generations to come. As always, you are in my thoughts and prayers!
Heidi Kreinz
January 9, 2012
To The Family,
9/11 was a tragic day for all of us and we wish that this tragedy had never happened. In reading about the deceased she obviously was a strong woman who managed to smile even though she had went through a lot. She is in a deep sleep now, but when she is awakened from sleep by Jesus Christ, the Great Resurrector, Mrs. Jane Beatty will have a bigger smile when she is pain free and has the opportunity of living forever. I offer my deepest of condolences and may God bless you.

Mr. Terry of NC
September 28, 2011
May God bless and keep you. My maiden name was S Jane Beatty. I would love to wear a 911 bracelet in your honor. The victims and families are never forgotten
Jane Beatty Leavitt
September 18, 2011
Last week our church had a prayer list with all the victims of the 9/11 attacks and I chose Jane since my 4 year old daughter shares her name. Please know that Jane and her family are in my prayers and I wear a bracelet with her name on it in honor of her life. God Bless.
jason bales
September 12, 2011
Hi all,
I am Alison, Jane's daughter-in-law, I am married to her eldest son Drew (Jane has a younger son Brent as well). Drew and I are the parents of Jane's two beautiful granddaughters who never had the chance to know Jane.
Yesterday was a difficult day for so many, our hearts and thoughts go out to all that lost loved ones on Sept 11, 2011.
I found it especially difficult as
I watched our daughters watch the senseless acts of 9/11 unfold during the 10 year anniversary ceremonies and documentaries.
We gave each other extra tight hugs yesterday.
Live Life Today.
Our family misses what could have been.
Alison McIntosh
September 12, 2011
I have posted a tribute to Jane over at A String of Pearls, http://astringofpearls.org
It has been written with respect and to help keep her memory alive.
Jane Australia
September 11, 2011
As I do every year, I'm thinking of Jane this day. The way the media worked today made everything come to the forefront. It seems like it was just yesterday the world and your family lost you so senselessly! ***I also wonder if any of her family ever was able to see her memorial square I made for the 911 quilt. I've no idea where that quilt exists 10 years later, but hope it still exists SOMEwhere.
LouAnne Sassone
September 11, 2011
Dear Jane and family,

Wow, ten years and it feels like it was yesterday!! Think of all of you all the time!!! Much prayers and love from me!!! I will never forget the sacrifice you have had to make.
Heidi Kreinz
September 10, 2011
Miss your smile and sense of humor thru the good and bad times we had.
June 2, 2011
Happy Birthday Jane. Love you and always missing you!
Your big sis, Joanna xxoo
Joanna Chrystal
May 2, 2011
Thinking of you and your family on this day! So glad the maniac that caused so much pain and loss is no longer in this world! Yours and your family's sacrifice is never forgotten!
Heidi Kreinz
September 10, 2010
Joanna, Mom and Rick - Nana's 90th Birthday.
Always thinking of you and missing you Jane. Mom passed away July 24th but not before celebrating her 90th Birthday with all her family including our brother Rick who she hadn't seen in 25 years. Drew, Alison,Vanessa, Alex, Brent and Haley were there too.
Nine years have passed quickly but you have not faded from our hearts.
Joanna Chrystal
September 10, 2010
Dear Family and Friends of Jane;

I am thinking of all of you right now and want you to know that Jane's memory lives on. I can only hope the knowledge that people like me, who never got the honor to meet Jane, still remember her and her loved ones every year. I can't believe it has been 9 years since the terrible tragedy. I also cant believe how much Jane has affected my life! I not only think of her during this time of year but, throughout the year.

I know these words can't heal your pain but, I hope it can bring a smile to your face because Jane will never be forgotten!

Thanks for allowing me to share my thoughts and keeping this Legacy page alive.
Heidi Kreinz
September 10, 2010
Thank you so much Jean. Hard to beleive it has been nine years
Chrystal Joanna
September 9, 2010
Dear Jane's Family,
Wanted you to know that I found a silver
remembrance bracelet, with your sister's name, that was in need of being adopted and acknowledged. I have the bracelet, and will be honoring Jane's life every year. She will never be forgotten.


Jean Hails
Jean Hails
September 11, 2009
Dear SSgt Leia Bernhard, Wow, thank you so much for
honouring my sister Jane and running for 1 hr 30 min wearing her name. I would think that would be about 15-16 kilometers.
Jane was never a runner, but I am sure
she would be thrilled to know that you ran for her.
I can't believe that it has been 8 years - it still doesn't seem real.
I had lunch with Jane's son Brent today and took my Mom
(89) Irises, Jane's favourite flower.
Best wishes to you and keep on running
Joanna Chrystal
Joanna Chrystal
September 11, 2009
Dear Jane and Family,

This morning Lackland AFB did a base formation run in remembrance of all the victims of 9/11 and the military members that have served and lost their lives since that day. I was given Jane's name to wear during the run and wanted to take the time to know who she was. From the small amount of information I have read it seemed like she was a very strong and resilient woman. I am proud to wear her name and run in memory of her today. I will still be wearing her name when I run this afternoon for 1hr 30min during the 9hr 11min remembrance run and she will be my motivation to keep moving. I am honored to serve in her memory and so many others that were lost that day.

Best Wishes

SSgt Leia N Bernhard, USAF
Leia Bernhard
September 9, 2009
Dear Family of Jane:

Thinking of you in Toronto and remembering this terrible event. My son and I will visit New York and the site later this month and I will say a prayer for Jane.

Lynne Helps - Your friend in Toronto
Lynne Helps
September 8, 2009
Dear Jane and Family,

Once again it is that time a year when Jane is always in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I had the words to ease your pain! She will never be forgotten and I will be thinking of your family and Jane over the next few days as I ofetn think of Jane throughout the year! God Bless all of you!
Heidi Kreinz
June 3, 2009
Thought about you lots yesterday.
Happy Birthday Jane
Joanna Chrystal
June 2, 2009
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
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