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ONEONTA - Jane W. Symonds, 98, of Oneonta, passed away Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.
She was born March 4, 1919, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late George W. and Elizabeth (Bogart) Westcott.
Jane lived in Sidney until 1937, when she moved to Oneonta. She graduated from Oneonta High School with the Class of 1937 and then from Oneonta Normal School in 1940.
Jane married Gordon R. Blanchard on Sept. 21, 1940. Gordon predeceased her on Aug. 11, 1990.
She then married Albert L. Symonds on Dec. 23, 1992. Albert predeceased her on Aug. 6, 2009.
She was also predeceased by her sister, Betty Arliss.
Jane was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Oneonta and the Martha Chapter No. 116 OES, Oneonta.
Jane is survived by her three children, Richard G. (Susan) Blanchard of Naples, Florida, Patricia Blanchard of Cutchogue, and Janet S. Helman, husband, Frank of Bainbridge; nine grandchildren, Michael Blanchard of Denver, Colorado, Suzanne (James) Teich, of Rochester, John (Lydia) Dean of Provence, France, Peter (April) Dean, Eastover, North Carolina, Erik (Jennifer)of Wading River, Tara (Heath) Richards of Wading River, Katherine (Mark) Campbell of Duxbury, Massachusetts, Michael (Ellen) Flynn of Greenville, South Carolina, Kristopher (Maria) Helman of Vestal; 20 great-grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews.
A service to celebrate the life of Jane W. Symonds will be held at a later date at St. James' Episcopal Church, Oneonta.
To light a candle or send an online condolence please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Published on December 17, 2017
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