MANNSVILLE, NY — On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, Jane K. Pelton, our dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at her home in the care of her
longtime caregivers, Laurie Nichols and Wendy Smith, her devoted family, especially Carol Jefford, and Hospice of Jefferson County.
“Grandma Jane,” as she was known to so many, was born in Norwood, N.Y, on Feb. 16, 1921, to James and Anna Pernice King. Jane graduated from Norwood High School in 1939, and Pilgrim State Hospital in 1944, where she
became a registered nurse, later working at the House of the Good Samaritan, Watertown, Orange Memorial Hospital, Orlando, Florida, and St. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky.
She later worked as a registered nurse in Potsdam and Watertown hospitals and as an industrial nurse. Jane was also employed as a public health nurse in Jefferson County from 1953 to 1963. In 1965, Jane Pelton received her bachelor’s of science degree in public health from the School of Education at Syracuse University after more than 10 years of part-time college attendance. She then helped develop and teach the licensed practical nursing program at the Jefferson Vocational Technical Center where she later retired as the coordinator of nursing for BOCES programs in Jefferson and Lewis Counties.
In addition, Jane participated in many professional organizations including the
Council of Programs of Practical Nurses in New York State, the executive and
curriculum committees, the New York State Nurses’ Association, the Professional
Education committee of the American Cancer Society, and the local teachers’
association. Jane was a devoted member of the Zion Episocpal Church serving
active roles in the Vestry and as a member of the Episcopal Women of Zion
Church. Ever the community participant, she also served as a member of the
Mannsville Manor Fire Auxiliary and the American Red Cross.
On Aug. 4, 1945, Jane A. King married Ensign Richard S. Pelton in the Zion
Episcopal Church in Pierrepont Manor by Rev. William Foreman, Jr. Richard and
Jane were married for 54 memorable years before his death on Oct. 31, 1999.
Grandma Jane was cherished dearly by her children, grandchildren, and
great-grandchildren all of whom treasured every moment spent with her. She was
without a doubt a role model to her family and to those who knew her well. A
natural born teacher, Jane effortlessly impacted the lives of those around her with
her gentle manner and her kind soul. While her accomplishments in life were
numerous, they are considered minimal when compared to the love that she shared with others and with the love that others shared with her. Grandma Jane will remain in our memories as the fearless matriarch that we have admired and
respected for so many years. Her relentless guidance and strength will continue to
lead our family during challenging times and we will reflect upon her smile and
beautiful soul during moments of celebration.
Jane is survived by her children, Jon Pelton, Pierrepont Manor; Peter and his wife
Jane Pelton, Mannsville, and son-in-law, Ron Kerns, Cleveland, New York. She is
also survived by her grandchildren, Jonathan (Scarlet) Pelton, Pierrepont Manor;
Joseph Pelton, Sackets Harbor; James (Shelbie) Pelton, Mannsville; Julie (Sean)
O’Brien, Athens, Georgia; Amie Pelton, Mannsville; Lori (Tony) Felder, Redwood; Sara Brennan (Peter Facteau), Baldwinsville; Jesse (Kimberly) Kerns, Constantia; and Leah (Ryan) Webb, Dresden. In addition, she is also survived by her beloved great-grandchildren, Anthony Abbott, Holden, Casey, and Landon Pelton, Ryan, Griffin and Anna Charlebois; Sinclaire Pelton; Macy and Breckan Pelton; Seamus, Sean, Ronan, and Finn O’Brien; Emilie and Lexie Hess; Kayla and Connor Felder; David Brennan and Gabriel Facteau; and Adelynn Webb.
She was predeceased by her husband, Richard S. Pelton, two sisters, Barbara King Lovely and Norma King Coffey, daughter Inga J. Kerns, and great-grandchild
Due to current gathering restrictions and COVID-19 regulations, there will be no
calling hours. Her internment and a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later
Contributions in Jane’s memory may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County or a
charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.carpenterstoodley.com.