Surrounded by her loving family, Mary Jane Augustin, 86 was taken home to be with God on Monday, April 12, 2021. Born and raised in Downingtown, PA, Mary Jane was a resident of Morrisville for the past 58 years. She was a founding member of Saint John the Evangelist Parish and faithful servant of the Lord. Mary Jane was the loving wife of the late Joseph Augustin, the beloved mother of Tom and his wife Maureen, Michael and his wife Mary and cherished grandmother of Thomas and Katie, Addison and Hailey. She was the devoted sister of Joseph and Willie Bird of Downingtown. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and their families, and will be greatly missed by many friends and neighbors, most especially the Napolitano family. After graduation from West Chester State Teacher College in 1956, Mary Jane began her teaching career at Delhaas High School in Bristol Township, PA. After she met and married the love of her life, Joe, she moved to New York and taught at Wantagh High School in Long Island, New York. She then moved to Morrisville, PA with Joe to be closer to her family. She was hired at Villa Victoria Academy to co-teach alongside of her best friend Ginnie Napolitano. While at Villa Victoria, she and Ginnie started the Sports Nite program under the watchful eye of Sister Lillian! Mary Jane taught health and physical education at Hamilton High West in NJ. While at Hamilton, she coached 9th grade basketball and the Girls Varsity soccer team. Her soccer team was Co-State Champions in 1979 and was rated #1 in the state of NJ! Mary Jane amassed over 100 wins while coaching and in 2004 she was elected to the Hamilton High West Hall of Fame for her achievements as a coach and teacher. Throughout her teaching career she touched many students' lives. As a founding member of the Delaware Valley Board of Women Officials, she officiated both high school and Division 1 field hockey and basketball. During the summer she was a "mother" to many children as the coordinator for Pennsbury Summer Recreation at Fallsington Elementary School.. In December of 2015, Mary Jane and her husband Joe were honored by Villa Victoria Academy for their benevolent, humanitarian service. Their names were placed on the Villa Victoria Wall of Fame. Mary Jane retired and started a new career as a doting grandmother to Thomas and two years later to Katie! She enjoyed spending time at her vacation homes. When in the Pocono Mountains, her family and extended family enjoyed many happy times; in Florida she relaxed and played golf in the sunshine with her longtime friends, the "Tea and Krumpet" gang. An avid golfer, Mary Jane loved to play with her dear friends, especially Barb Sedia. As an avid fan, she also spent many days cheering for all things Notre Dame! GO IRISH! Throughout her life, Mary Jane loved her golden retrievers, especially Michael's dog, Murphy. Murphy tagged along with her on her many trips to watch Thomas' and Katie's activities. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 25, 2021 from 4-8 PM at James J. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 2200 Trenton Road, Levittown. Friends may also call from 11AM until Noon on Monday, April 26, 2021 at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, 999 Reading Avenue, Yardley where her funeral Mass will be celebrated at Noon. Immediately following will be the Rite of Committal at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Villa Victoria Academy, 376 West Upper Ferry Rd, Ewing, NJ 08628.
Published in The Trentonian from Apr. 16 to Apr. 18, 2021.