Jane Conrad Towner passed away unexpectedly on March 3, 2023 at Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital with her husband and children by her side. She was ten days shy of celebrating her 76th birthday.
Jane was born in Bath, NY on March 13, 1947. She is predeceased by her parents, Stuart and Mildred (Bolster) Conrad Strobel,
step-dad, Lawrence (Stan) Strobel and infant brother, Gary Stuart Conrad. Jane is survived by her loving husband, Ronald of 57 years; her children, Rick (Christine) Towner of Arkport, Ronda (Steven) Sick of Cohocton, Ryan (Meredith) Towner of Cohocton; and grandchildren, Brianna, Bradley, Dylan, and Samantha. Jane is also survived by her brother, Jim (Louise) Conrad of Mead, CO; nieces, Jessica (Jason) LaMere of Lafayette, CO, Jennifer (John) Philipson of Arvada, CO; and a great-niece and great-nephew.
There are many things Jane was passionate about. She loved history, especially local history. She loved animals, nature, gardening, and crafting of all sorts. Most of all, she loved her family.
A lifelong resident of Cohocton, Jane was an active member of the Cohocton Historical Society for many years. She was instrumental in the renovation of the Larrowe House as well as being the driving force behind the creation of the accompanying Victorian garden.
Jane loved animals. She never had a pet that was not a rescue of some sort. Whether she sought them out (like her beloved Princess) from her favorite Pekingese rescue organization or whether they found their way to her, she gave them all a loving and safe forever home.
Riding through the woods with Ronnie (and of course Princess) on the side-by-side was one of Jane’s favorite pastimes. The peaceful beauty of the wooded hills with her lifelong love by her side was a constant source of joy. She enjoyed taking pictures of these beautiful moments and sharing them with family and friends.
Jane had a hand for all things crafty and was a talented artist.
She would create amazing wreaths and wall hangings out of scraps that any other person would have thrown away. Painting, ceramics, sewing, you name it...she loved it all. She took that creative flair and turned it into a thriving business, operating out of the Davis House in Cohocton for many years.
Most of all, Jane loved her family. Spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren was by far her greatest joy, whether it be trips to the casino with Ronda or to the Christmas Story house with Rick. From large family gatherings to spending an hour in the morning chatting with Ryan, all were moments she held dear to her heart and she will be sorely missed.
Per Jane’s request, services will be held for immediate family only.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, c/o Mary Lindsey, 63137 State Rte. 415, Cohocton, NY 14826 and Mapleview Cemetery, c/o John Sick, 10950 Cty. Rd. 92, Wayland, NY 14572, or the Barn Cat Outreach Inc. (email@example.com), moving to a permanent location Cohocton.
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