Jane Suk Stuart-Andrus
McDevitt & McManus Funeral Home
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Binghamton, NY
Stuart-Andrus, Jane Suk

On April 5, 2014, Jane Suk Stuart-Andrus died as she lived: quietly, with dignity, surrounded by love. Her life touched so many in this community and around the world. "The power of one" describes this dynamic woman whose life as a teacher, wife, mother and friend enriched and inspired everyone she met. Tireless in her passion for improving the lives of others, especially through teaching, reading and creative expression, Jane has left a legacy of joy and possibility. Jane received her Master's in Education from SUNY New Paltz specializing in three to five year old children. A kindergarten teacher and educator for nearly 45 years, the impact of her 39 years at the Binghamton University Campus Preschool can be seen in the generations of students she taught and inspired to be curious and compassionate citizens of the world. Jane also held adjunct positions that included teaching and supervising BU students in classroom settings. Jane's love of reading and commitment to the Binghamton community, also led her in recent years to open as co-owner, RiverRead Books, an independent bookstore in downtown Binghamton. Jane's creative expression found itself in music, dance, visual arts and especially pottery making, language and travel across six continents. Her joie de vivre manifested itself in nature and the garden: herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables, all of which found their way to her table where she gathered family and friends to share in the bounty and beauty of her world. She took a special pleasure in the shared joy of a good meal, good conversation, and most of all a good party. Those who knew Jane will not forget the festive spirit she shared with all, creating magical events for the celebration of holidays and the seasons. Jane also shared her talents, skills and work ethic with her community by serving on the Guiding Committee of the Southside West Neighborhood Assembly, involvement in the Shared Decision Making Team for Binghamton schools, mentoring for Odyssey of the Mind, and participating as board member of Binghamton El Charcon Sister Cities Project. Active in the arts, Jane was involved with the American Dance Asylum, the Morris team, and in 1999, Jane received the Heart of the Arts Award, presented by the Southern Tier Institute for Arts in Education. She was also an avid supporter of humanitarian efforts, particularly those to encourage and develop equal opportunities for girls and women. These efforts included her support of the American Association of University Women, receiving their Distinguished Women of Achievement Award in 2009, and serving as President in 2011-2012. Her participation in Tropical Forestry Initiative and involvement in the Los Arboles neighborhood and schools in Costa Rica was yet another expression of her devotion to education. Jane is predeceased by her father and mother, Frank and Ethel Suk. She leaves behind her loving husband of 29 years, Richard Andrus; her daughters, Janine Stuart, and Alexis Andrus with her partner Jon; her stepsons Holt Andrus, his wife Miriam and daughter Natalia, and Erik Andrus, his wife Erica and sons Julien and Robin; and her hijo panameño Loris Cabrera and family. She also leaves behind sister Nancy Suk Valente, brother-in-law Frank and niece Rebecca; and numerous loving members of the extended Andrus family. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 8 from 4-7PM at the McDevitt & McManus Funeral Home Inc., 88 Front Street, Binghamton, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial scholarship to benefit Binghamton University Master's students majoring in early childhood education. Gifts may be made to the BU Foundation Memorial Account #10351. Note "In memory of Jane Stuart-Andrus" in the memo section of your check. Mail to: Binghamton University Foundation, PO Box 6005, Binghamton, NY 13902-6005. Secure, online credit card gifts may be made at www.giving.binghamton.edu. Select "Other, please specify" from the account drop-down menu, and then type "In memory of Jane Stuart-Andrus, BUF Memorial Account 10351" in the space provided.

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I was just one of Janes's many sorority sisters..more than 45 years ago. I remember Jane as pretty.. Loved her great hairstyle.. And so full of positive energy.
October 17, 2014
I just learned of Jane's death from the New Paltz alumni magazine. I am so sorry for your loss. Jane and I knew each other in college, and although I hadn't seen her in years I have wonderful memories of our years at New Paltz.
I will keep you all in my prayers.
Connie Knapp
October 17, 2014
I just learned of Jane's passing. She had my two boys in her class of "doubles" as she called it. She was the kindest, most caring and most creative teacher I have ever seen. She treated each child as a unique individual. God Bless you.
Judith Ochse
June 6, 2014
I just found out today and I was so shocked and saddened. I very much enjoyed creating pottery with Jane at Clayworks. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
Tina Tomassetti
April 29, 2014
Dear Janine and family,

I was so very sadden and shocked to hear of your Mom's passing. Having her as a colleague at The Campus Preschool was transformative for me...as young woman just stepping out into the world. She was fun, kind, smart, passionate and so very dedicated to many young souls that passed through the doors of her classroom. She always made me feel welcomed and loved providing me with her gentle pearls of wisdom. And she entrusted me with you each day, her most precious gift. Although we didn't see a lot of each other as years passed when we did it was like we had seen each other just yesterday. Her bright infectious smile and love of life will be missed. It was an honor to have known her. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this time of healing.
Alex Macko-Mendoza
April 27, 2014
Jane was a wonderful educator and had such an amazing influence on the children and people she was in contact with. Our son was in her class last year and she taught him so many things. He loved when she would read to him. Rest in peace Miss Jane and our condolences to your family.
Sculley Family
April 16, 2014
Made tomato soup at work today, and thought of you, miss you so much....Today would have been your birthday.... Happy birthday Hugs forever......
janet reuscher
April 11, 2014
Dear family and friends of Jane,

So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful spirit and her life will go on in the hearts and lives of so many. I was privileged to know her, and regret having lost contact the past few years. My heart goes out to all of you, and prayers to such a peaceful and loving soul.
Kelly Mikulski
April 11, 2014
Dear Dr. Andrus, I thought about you today when I identified a bird(Western Meadowlark-Boise, ID) which I learned to do over 25 years ago in your Ornithology course. I wanted to see if you were still teaching, and found out your wife had passed. I am so sorry for your loss. Laura Leo, SUNY Binghamton class of 1988.
April 9, 2014
Knowing Jane was a pleasure. She always have a smile in her face.... remember her this way. Loving mother, grandmother and wife?????? you will be on our prayers.
Adriana and Jose
April 9, 2014
You brightened our "Beat" Chris & Dan...., till we meet again rest easy!
Chris Governanti
April 8, 2014
We are deeply saddened by the the news. Andrew and I will miss her dearly and we feel that Binghamton is now missing a very important part of what made it home for us. Our conversations with Jane and her smile attracted us to the bookstore on grey days when we needed some light. We will always remember her: Amaia's entire library is a reflection of Jane and what she cared about. The books that she gifted and selected for our daughter will give her a wonderful foundation for a life-long relationship to reading, thinking, and openness.
Wishing you peace,
Andrew Block and Mariana Grajales.
Mariana Grajales
April 8, 2014
We were so sad to hear about Jane's passing. She was a wonderful person and our son was lucky to have spent time with her at Campus Pre-school. He always looked forward to starting the morning with her. Our sincerest condolences to Dick and the rest of your family.
Doug Hubert
April 8, 2014

It has been over 30 years since Celeste and I built that little house across the street from you. Over the years whenever it was for sale we would talk about buying it back knowing you and Jane would be there to welcome us. When Jane and the Girls moved in to your home she brought joy and a spirit with such energy it was contiguous. We were blessed to have the opportunity to know her and she will be missed by many in this community. Rob Mack
Robert Mack
April 8, 2014
My deepest condolences to your family on Jane's passing. Jane was my kindergarten teacher 33 years ago, and I have always remembered her as the first non-parent to appreciate my unique qualities and encourage me to follow the light inside. I know she did this with so many children -- we are all so lucky to have had her influence. With love, godspeed, Jane.
April 7, 2014
To the Family and Coworkers of Jane:
I first met Jane when I had a summer teaching job @ Campus PreSchool while I was still in college. We met agin @ River Read during a literacy event and she still was that kind, intelligent, articulate, peaceful being that I learned from so many years earlier. She was a blessing to this community. May you find comfort in her beautiful legacy.
Pamela Comfort-Guth
April 7, 2014
She was a remarkable woman who transformed the lives of hundreds of children. This is a dreadful loss, and heartfelt sympathy goes to Richard and all the family. So very sorry.
April 7, 2014
Jane's love and wisdom meant so much when our son was in her kindergarten class. Jane was a beautiful, extraordinary woman who made the world a better place. Dick, Janine, and Alexis -- our hearts are with you in this sad time.
Amy Parker
April 7, 2014
We are so very sorry for your loss and for the loss to the community, one which Jane deeply enriched.
Michele and John Bleichert
April 7, 2014
I only met her a few times, but I remember how active she was in the community. She will be missed.
April 7, 2014
Dick and Lexie, I'm so sorry about your loss. Jan had so much to give and we all were blessed by her initiative. My deepest condolences to you and the rest of your family.
Bruce Cameron
April 7, 2014
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of the love of your life. Remembering your great love story today and always.
April 7, 2014
Dick Janine alexus. I worked with Jane at the preschool, she was a wonderful lady so caring and full of compassion. She will be sadly missed. You are all in my prayers....Janet
janet reuscher
April 7, 2014
Janine and family, I'm so saddened by the news of your moms passing. I have only happy memories of her, may of which are of her working in her garden. Please know that I'm thinking of you during this difficult time.
April 7, 2014
Jane welcomed my daughter to her classroom every morning last year. Even though they only spent an hour together each day, Jane managed to give my little girl a very unqiue and special gift: independent thinking. I am very grateful for her influence, and equally saddened to hear of her passing. I hope that her family and friends take comfort in each other and her legacy.
Karen Clarke
April 7, 2014
Jane was a wonderful woman, a great teacher, a thoughtful and sensitive soul. I will miss her, but cherish all the wonderful conversations we have had.
April 7, 2014
I am so sorry to learn of Jane's passing. She was a wonderful woman, and a blessing as a kindergarten teacher. All of our children passed through the Campus Pre-school and all three have very fond memories of that time. Jane was a kind soul and the world was a better place for her presence. Cindy Connine (for the Inhoff family)
April 7, 2014
Dick, Janine , Alexus and family
I am deeply saddened to hear of Jane's passing. I greatly admired her for her many talents and dedication to education. She made me a better educator and I will miss our conversations. Her life was truly about making a positive difference in the lives of many. May your many beautiful memories comfort you during his time.. Sincerely, .....Tom Corgel
Tom Corgel
April 7, 2014
I taught in the room next to Jane at Campus Pre-school and I enjoyed her friendship and help. She always had a positive attitude and loved each child with whom she came in contact. Alexis I am sorry for your loss, your mother was such a special lady.
Kathy Raish
April 7, 2014
Our family are all saddened to hear of Jane's passing. She helped me find appropriate books at River Read several times, and although Eamonn's time in her room at Campus Preschool last year was brief, we know he really loved her. She will be missed.
Jimae Hubert
April 7, 2014
I am so thankful that you opened the bookstore otherwise I might never have known you. I loved stopping by after work and chatting with you. I will miss you my friend. Peace to you!
Rosanne Norris
April 7, 2014
I am so saddened to hear this news. I loved stopping by RiverRead to see Jane; she helped me chose the perfect books for my young great nieces & nephews. What a lovely, kind woman. I will miss her. Wishing her family peace and healing.
Marie McKenna
April 6, 2014
Janine and family-
I have so many fond memories of your mom. She was always generous and kind - taking us to all of our activities and supporting our extra curricular activities (this included trips to the mall) :). I was always amazed at her gentle spirit and her point of view - which caused me to think differently about mine. Looking back, that was the sign of a great teacher. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I think of you often.
April 6, 2014
Dick - I am so sorry for the loss of wonderful Jane. I have thought of her often these past few years and am so grateful to have had her in my life. She offered her friendship to me at a time when I needed it most and you both truly had a transformative impact on my (and Jeremy's) life. The beauty that she planted in this world continues to grow and spread. Our love and condolences, Stacey and Jeremy Magliaro
Stacey Magliaro
April 6, 2014
Jane was my kindergarten teacher almost 25 years ago and I still remember her fondly. My thoughts are with her friends and family.
April 6, 2014
Dick, Erik, and Holt,
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Dick,we are so sorry for the empty world you are left with...try to live just 1 hour, one minute at a time. There is no easy way through this grief but believe it or not time does heal a very deep wound.
Carolyn and Pat Gilligan
April 6, 2014
I am very sorry for your loss. Your mother was truly one of a kind. I will always have fond childhood memories of the many field trips to your house and countless hours we spent on our projects, with your mom encouraging and inspiring us every step of the way. Please know that you are in my thoughts.

April 6, 2014
Jane was my daughter's wonderful kindergarten teacher and we stayed in touch for many years after. I will never forget what Jane said to me when, after a year in which I survived a life-threatening illness, I complained about turning 40; Jane said simply, "Better to be turning 40 than to not be turning 40." So sorry that Jane herself has died too soon. She will be missed.
Lisa Tessman
April 6, 2014
April 6, 2014
Dear Alexis, Dick and family,
What a wonderful woman Jane was. Kara always loved coming to your house to enjoy all the fun imaginative things that Jane would plan for the girls. And I loved being included too. She was one of a kind. Love Shelley Joseph
April 6, 2014
I worked at Campus PK and had the honor of meeting Jane. I enjoyed seeing her and talking with her each day. She always told me I had a beautiful smile. Rest in Peace Jane
Michele Karns
April 6, 2014
Dick, I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Becky Urban
April 6, 2014
Jane was such an inspiration to me. I will always remember her sweet smile, compassion, and dedication to education. Janine, Dick, and Lexi, you are in my thoughts. Love to you all.
April 6, 2014
Jane was my kindergarten teacher 25 years ago, and I am sorry for her loss. Just a few years ago, I met her again while I was at RiverRead books on a visit to Binghamton. Jane recognized me and told me that she still had a drawing I had made when I was 5 years old. I hadn't seen her in all those years but I still loved her and I was grateful to meet her again and touched that she remembered me so well. What a loving and nurturing woman! -- Viva R. Horowitz
Viva Horowitz
April 6, 2014
So very sorry for your loss. Barbara Vartanian
April 6, 2014
So sorry for your loss. Jane was so sweet, kind and compassionate. Wishing you fast healing.
Isaac Silberman-Gorn
April 6, 2014
Sorry about your loss. I am out of town and saddened by the news. Jane was my daughter Elise's kindergarten teacher at Campus Preschool . Life is eternal and Janes spirit remains with us always. She was a beautiful soul who shared her gifts with us . Elise is a freshman at Binghamton University and when I told Jane , she beamed with pride. Then asked if she was studying Spanish because she remembered her aptitude for it in her class .Jane knew the value of introducing Spanish to her students . She was a crown jewel to the school and community . I will cherish my conversations with her about her family, travel and food. Blessings
Ann Roach
April 6, 2014
Dick and Alexis: So very sorry and shocked to see this news about Jane. I was always in awe over her, an incredible role model and true humanitarian.
Carrie Strano
April 6, 2014
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