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Jane E. (Kies) Carmer

Born: Tue., Jul. 14, 1925
Died: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019


Family to do services at later date


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     Jane Kies Carmer was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on July 14, 1925 to Helen Stoll Kies and Dewitt Clinton Kies. After graduating from Battle Creek High School, she attended Hillsdale College, graduating in 1947. At college Jane was a very active member of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and continued her involvement with the sorority long after graduation.

     While working in Cleveland, Ohio as a nursery school teacher, Jane met Dick Carmer through a mutual friend. Their blind date developed into a romance, and they were married on a snowy November day in 1949. The young couple relocated to Williamsville, New York for a short period of time before settling in East Aurora, New York, a close suburb of Buffalo. Over the next several years, their family grew to include children Rick, Lisanne, Dewitt and Jamie. Once the children were a little older, Jane and a close friend, Penny Stark, started a nursery school in East Aurora, and they managed it together for several years.

     In 1971, Jane and Dick relocated to McConnellsville, New York, where Jane became involved with the Queen Village Nursery School in Camden, New York for a number of years. Their home in McConnellsville was situated on the local golf course, which gave both Jane and Dick the opportunity to play golf at leisure, which they enjoyed immensely. Jane was also an active member of the McConnellsville Garden Club, and the loving home she created for her family was often graced with the floral arrangements she created from her own gardens.

     Once Dick retired from the furniture business, Jane helped establish and manage the Clothing Connection, a not-for-profit clothing store in Camden, for many years. The store is affiliated with the nonprofit Cluster 13; Jane’s efforts touched many in the community in a lasting way.

     As she and her husband Dick passed into their 90's, they sold their home in McConnellsville and moved into The Nottingham, a continuum of care facility in Jamesville, New York.

     Jane passed away peacefully at The Nottingham on November 20, 2019, at the age of 94. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Dick in August 2019, and she leaves behind her four children, and six grandchildren. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., 109 Main Street, Camden, New York.

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Valerie Flagg Manning
   Posted Tue December 03, 2019
Jane was my children’s nursery school teacher. She gave them so much more than a head start in learning. She was sweet, compassionate and loving. On days they needed more attention, she offered her time and quietness. As a neighbor she was cheerful and charming, giving back to the community as needed. We were fortunate to have such a lady as Mrs Cramer!

Linda Walters
   Posted Tue December 03, 2019
To Jane's family, I want you to know Jane was the most delightful lady I ever met in Camden....I loved working with her at Clothing Connection and also driving her where she wanted to go....you were so blessed to have such a darling lady as the matriarch of your family. I am so sorry for your loss especially so soon after your dad's passing. God bless you and yours during this time with His comfort.

Sally Carmer
   Posted Sun December 08, 2019
My dear mother-in-law, Jane Carmer, was a woman whose luminous outer beauty was more than matched by her amazing inner beauty. She was gracious and graceful. She was stylish and created a warm, comfortable home. She loved abundantly and authentically. She raised four amazing children, who produced six grandchildren who adored her. She welcomed me into the family with open arms, and when Jamie and I told his parents we were getting married, she cried with joy. She lived 94 amazing years, and brought grace, joy and love into the world in a way that few are able. My own mom taught me to be a strong woman; Jane taught me to temper that strength with grace and humility. She was delighted when I called her my “other mother.”

Rest In Peace, dear Jane. My heart is breaking even as I rejoice that you’re free of pain, and reunited with your loving husband of 69 years, Dick. My life is immeasurably enriched because I was allowed to be part of yours. You will always be in my heart. ❤️

With so much love, Sally

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