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Jane Ackerman McCarthy


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Jane Ackerman McCarthy Obituary
JANE ACKERMAN McCARTHY 1927-2016 Mary Jane McCarthy (nee Ackerman) was born in Lakewood, Ohio on September 13, 1927 to Clinton Demarest and Margaret Genevieve (nee Cluney) Ackerman. She grew up in Lakewood and attended St. Therese Academy graduating in 1946. She attended Baldwin Wallace College. From the age of three, she was best friends with Monica Pastoret, a cousin of Justin McCarthy. In 1949, she accompanied her mother to a Veterans' convention in Los Angeles, and re-connected with the McCarthys. Her first date with Justin McCarthy was a sightseeing trip around Los Angeles culminating in a trip to the Griffith Observatory, where he suggested that she move to Los Angeles. In early 1950, she packed up and left Cleveland for Los Angeles, living in a rented room on Irving Street, just a few houses down from the McCarthys. Her first job was as a teller at the Bank of America. Later she worked as a secretary at Paramount Studios and Capitol Records. She and Justin were married at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Lakewood Ohio on October 17, 1953. They immediately set about the task of raising a family. Daughter Margaret Mary (Meg) was born first, followed by Justin Clinton. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Riverside, California where Vincent Thomas was born. Jane was a founding member of the Riverside County Lawyer's Wives (now known as the Law Alliance) and a founder of the Court Tours program. She and Justin were founding members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Riverside. She was also active in her children's lives as both a Girl Scout and Boy Scout troop leader, school volunteer and chauffer. She loved to travel, and with Justin, they took many wonderful trips around the world. She was an avid bridge player, but always for fun not for competition. She was skilled at knitting, crochet and embroidery and has left many beautiful hand-made treasures. She served on the Riverside County Grand Jury in the 1970s. She was a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Indians baseball team and adopted the Angels (except when they played Cleveland). For many years, she hosted baseball players who participated in the UC Riverside Invitational Baseball Tournament. Through her final days, baseball was still her favorite entertainment. With the arrival of grandchildren, she was given the nickname "Grandma Boatie" because of a sailboat necklace she always wore. The name stuck and she has been known as Boatie ever since. She is survived by her children Meg Waters, Justin McCarthy, Vince McCarthy; daughter-in-law Keval McNamara McCarthy and grandchildren Katherine Waters, Madeline Waters, Riley McCarthy and Molly McCarthy. She passed away peacefully on August 15, 2016. A rosary will be said for her on Thursday, August 25 at 7 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church in Aliso Viejo. A funeral Mass will be held Friday, August 26 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Riverside. She will be interred at the National Cemetery in Riverside in a private ceremony.


Published in Press-Enterprise on Aug. 25, 2016
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