E. Jane Layo, 80, of WaddingtonPosted: Updated:
Waddington - E. Jane Layo, age 80, passed away peacefully at RiverLedge Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, with her niece Cathy by her side, on February 1, 2019.
Jane was born on September 8, 1938 in Ogdensburg, New York, the youngest daughter of John S. and Adelaide M. (Southwick) Rickard. During her life she lived in Massena Center, Massena, Madrid, wintered in Vero Beach, FL., and spent most of her years as a resident of Waddington, until residing at RiverLedge in 2017.
She married Mathew P. Layo in St. Joseph’s Church in Massena on December 7, 1963.
Family and friends are welcome to be received at St. Mary’s Church, Waddington from 9:00 A.M. until the Mass of Christian Burial, that will be held 10:00 A.M. Friday February 8, 2019 at St Mary’s Church, Waddington with Rev. Doug Lucia officiating. A memorial luncheon will be scheduled in the spring, after the internment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Waddington, NY.
Surviving is a sister Martha McLean, Massena; nephew and nieces, Keith (Judy) McLean, and Catherine (Mark) McDonald, and Suzanne (Bill Ward) McLean, all of Massena; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
Also nieces and nephews Tom & Mary Layo, Terry & Bonnie Layo, Bonnie D’Agostino, Robert & Barbara Lazzaro, Carmen & Sandra Lazzaro, Paul & Agnes Lazzaro, Anna Mae & Chuck Scuderi and Debbi & Jeffrey Klusek.
Jane was predeceased by her husband, Mathew P. Layo, who died on August 8, 2018; her sister Mary A. Rickard; and a brother at birth that she named Jonathan; brother-in-law Donald (Red) McLean; and niece Carolyn McLean Frazier. Jane was also predeceased by brother-in-law Vern Layo, and sister-in-laws Beryl Butler, Phyllis Mahar, Marjorie Lazzaro; along with niece Sandra Sharpe and nephew Daniel Mahar
Jane was a graduate of Massena High School and held a degree in Paralegal Studies and in Accounting. She attended several education classes at Syracuse University, Clarkson College, SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence University and State of New York Home Studies. She had training in landscaping and obtained a degree in Genealogical Studies and also completed a course in piloting.
Jane started her work career at the young age of 12 working for her Uncle Thomas Rickard and at age 15, worked a half day at ALCOA when she was still a junior at the local high school. At the age of 16 was hired full time at ALCOA and at the same time worked at J.J. Newberry and Triangle Shoe store.
After the big layoff at ALCOA, she was hired to work for Perini Construction Company on Barnhart Island and then was hired by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation as an Accounting Tech Supervisor. She retired from the Seaway in 1986.
She had a keen awareness of financial matters, especially budgeting and budget analysis. She worked part time for her sister and brother-in-law at McLean’s Trucking and McLean’s Nursery. Jane was the Treasurer of the Vista Harbor Condo Association for one term and was Social Chairman for 16 years, while spending the winters in Vero Beach, Florida.
Appointments to volunteer positions consisted of: President NYS Historians Association, Member of the Federal Women’s Program for 25 years, Member of County Planning Board, Member of County Historical Assoc. Board, Historian for the Village of Waddington, and Retired Historian for the Town of Waddington.
She was recognized as a Potential Woman Manager by Secretary Elizabeth Dole and as NYS Outstanding Historian. She also served as executive Director of Moore Museum, Member and Chairman of Village Planning Board, Member and one time Chairman of Village ZBA, and was recognized by SLC Historical Assoc at their annual meeting in 2002.
She was a member of Committee for NYPA Relicensing, Volunteer at Jr Carp Tournament, Chairman and volunteer for many years at 9/11 memorial services, Chairman of Waddington Garden Club 10 years, two terms as President of Waddington F.D. Aux, Member of Vero Beach Library and Genealogy Society, Past President of Hamilton Gardens, Member of the Friends of the Library in Waddington and Vero Beach, and a Member of Waddington Chamber of Commerce. She also worked at the celebration when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip visited Eisenhower Lock.
Jane had an interesting career and still found time to pursue reading and gardening. She had a dog named Bridget, who was treated much like a person, a cat named Ugh and a cat named Wee.
Jane will dearly be missed by all who knew her. Their grief can only be diminished by the fact that Jane is now joyfully reunited with the love of her life, husband Matt.
The family would like to thank everyone at the RiverLedge facility for taking extra care of Jane and going the extra mile to treat her like their family.
Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to RiverLedge Activities Wish Book, 8101 State Hwy 68, Ogdensburg, NY 13669, or a local charity of your chose.
Online condolence and memories of Jane may be shared with the family by visiting www.PhillipsMemorial.com