Jane Marie's Story
DELMAR - Jane Marie McMahon, of Delmar, died Sept. 19, 2017, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's in Albany following a yearlong illness. She was 91.
She was born in the Bronx, the daughter of William A. and Fawn Shine and raised in Westchester County communities including Hawthorne, White Plains and Briarcliff.
She was a graduate of Briarcliff High School and received a bachelor's degree from Good Counsel College in White Plains, graduating in 1948. After college she worked at several local radio stations, including in the programming department of WFAS in White Plains.
After a pause to raise her four sons and one daughter, she embarked on a journalism career of more than 20 years. She started in 1969 with the Putnam County Courier and went on to report for the Putnam Trader, and Reporter Dispatch. With the Courier she wrote her first feature on the filming of the musical "Hello, Dolly" in Garrison, in which she had the opportunity interview actor-producer Gene Kelly. It would be the first of many star interviews, which would include the actors Helen Hayes, Betsy Palmer, Molly Picon, and Edward Herrmann. She joined the Reporter Dispatch as a full-time reporter in 1971, where she served a number of editorial roles include police reporter, city editor, and lifestyles editor.
She was married Sept. 8, 1951, to Edmund J. McMahon of White Plains. She lived in the town of Cortlandt before moving in 1966 to Mahopac, where she was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church. She retired in 1990 to the Otsego County hamlet of Westville, where she continued to write freelance feature articles for publications including the quarterly magazine Kaatskill Life and The Daily Star in Oneonta. She was also a member of the St. Mary's Church choir in Cooperstown and worked for the Glimmerglass Opera as a publicist. She moved in 2002 to Cobleskill and in 2009 to Delmar, where she was a parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle Church.
Witty, warm and energetic, she had an infectious laugh and deep love of music, comedy and travel, having made trips later in life to Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Austria, and the Czech Republic. She was a devout Catholic and in addition to choir served local parishes in a number of capacities, including Eucharistic minister.
She was predeceased by her husband, Edmund J. McMahon of Delmar. Warned by doctors early in her marriage that she would never be able to have children of her own, she is survived by 39 direct descendants, including sons, Edmund J. (Joan) of Delmar, Peter of Patterson, Robert (Elizabeth) of Alexandria, Virginia, and Christopher of Delmar; daughter, Patricia (Steven) Houser of Carmel; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, William A. Shine of Great Neck.
The family thanks the staff of the Hospice Inn and the staff of Bethlehem Commons in Delmar.
Visiting hours are from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 22, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 35 Adams Place, Delmar. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Cooperstown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory are requested to the Hurricane Relief Efforts of Catholic Relief Services, www.crs.org.
Published on September 20, 2017