Jane E (Bailey) Carroll

October 26, 1934 ~ August 3, 2018 (age 83)


Turners Falls

The courageous battle of a determined woman ended peacefully in the early hours of August 3, 2018 when Jane E. Carroll of 10 Davis Street, Turners Falls, passed away.

Jane was born on October 26, 1934 in Greenfield MA, the daughter of Nellie Bailey

She attended Holy Trinity Catholic School and then went on to graduate from Greenfield High School in 1952. Known to her friends as "Janie", Jane Evelyn Bailey described herself as "Happy-go-lucky, fair and free, nothing there is that bothers me". She was very active in school participating in basketball, field hockey, softball, Yearbook Staff, Senior Play, the Glee Club, and later on served on various reunion committees.

Jane married John Patrick Carroll Jr. (Pat) of Millers Falls MA; they lived in Boston area for a time and eventually returned to this area, first to Northfield before settling in Turners Falls. Pat ran the family's Carroll Supermarkets of Gill, Millers Falls, and Orange.

Jane’s main occupation - and joy - was raising her six children in a house with four boys and two girls, there was plenty of competition and Jane made sure her girls were not lost in the shuffle - dance lessons and recitals were just as important as the boys' ice fishing in Barton's Cove and hunting in the woods of Franklin County. 

Jane's greatest joy was being a grandmother, 1990 when her first grandson was born. She welcomed her fifth grandchild in 2007. She loved all her grandchildren but she had a special relationship with her lone granddaughter Evelyn

 Jane had an open door policy at her house and her children's friends enjoyed the welcomed second home atmosphere of the Carroll residence. Jane was known to offer her advice, insight, opinion and observation to anybody seeking counsel - sometimes even when it was unsolicited!

In her earlier years Jane worked at Wilson's and Howard Johnson's and when the children were grown Jane returned to the work force full time in various administrative positions at the University of Massachusetts working for WFCR, Music Department and the Soil Testing Lab, while continuing to be deeply interested and involved in her children's lives.

Jane was a very active in her community.  She was a member of the Turners Falls Women's Club, a volunteer at the Farren Memorial Hospital, volunteer poll worker for the Town of Montague and a long time Town Meeting Member. She was also an accomplished singer, singing with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and she was a member of the St. Mary's Church Choir.

Jane loved to vacation with her family in Maine, she also appreciated the beauty of nature and she loved to go on hikes with her children and grandchildren at Ruggles Pond. She truly cherished her monthly luncheon get-togethers with her friends.

Jane’s many hobbies included rock collecting, golf, skiing, playing Bridge, flower gardening, reading, singing, writing, coloring.

Jane had many interests. She studied music and poetry at UMass and Greenfield Community College. She loved to collect items for her hobby of home decorating.  She was sentimentally hesitant to get rid of belongings for fear they might be needed later. She made her point when she dug out her daughter's first communion dress to give to her granddaughter's for hers!

Jane experienced a multitude of health challenges. She faced each one with determination and stubbornness to take on every health hurdle, as she truly loved life. 


Jane's leaves behind:  Daughters; Nancy Carroll (husband Kevin Ryan) of Montreal, Diane Carroll of New York City; Son’s Brian (fiancé Terry Warner) of Hadley, , Jeffrey of Greenfield, John (Wife Christine Oshcner) of Boston, and daughter-in-law Jeanette Voas of Greenfield; her beloved grandchildren Shane Carroll, Zephram and Eli Carroll, Evelyn and Leo Ryan; and step granddaughters Erica Warner and Heather Potyrala; Step Great grandchildren: Wyatt  and Amelia her sister Ann Bukowski of Greenfield, brother in law Edward Symanski; nephews Paul Bukowski, Tommy and Robert Symanski, and niece Maryanne Symanski.

Jane was predeceased by her mother, husband, younger sister Dorothy Symanski, nephews John and Mark Bukowski, brother in law Robert Bukowski and her oldest son, Dr. Timothy J. Carroll, whom died unexpectedly at the age of 53, a traumatic loss that Jane would mourned for the rest of her life.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday (8-8-18) at Kostanski Funeral Home 1 Kostanski Square Turners Falls from 5-7pm. A memorial service will be at a later time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made in Jane's honor to Farnum Rehabilitation Center at Cheshire Medical Center-Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Keene, N.H.

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