February 7, 2013
Jane Clarabel Neville Prendergast died at home on February 7, 2013 in Ft. Plain, NY. She will be remembered as a devoted wife of 63 years, loving mother, care giver and peace activist. She was an essential member of the Women's International League For Peace and Freedom, New York Democratic Committeewoman, and a member of the Board of Elections.
She was born the daughter of Omar Neville and Grace Florence Kew of Niagara Falls, NY on June 2, 1925. Her sisters Elizabeth Neville Augerot, Marilyn Neville Rolls and Margaret Neville Sand predeceased her.
Jane graduated from Niagara Falls High School and received a degree from the Rochester School of Nursing. While working as a nurse, she was accepted to and attended Cooper Union School of Art. She illustrated her commitment to health issues by participating in a national nurse's survey throughout her life.
Jane will be fondly remembered as the backbone and strength of the family. Her kindness and warmth will forever be etched in the memories and hearts of those who had the pleasure of knowing her. She will be remembered by a long list of persons she has helped or cared for as a positive influence in their lives. Her infinite generosity and love will continue as her lasting tribute.
Survived by her husband Richard Auld Prendergast; six sons, Marc N. (Rebecca Dimock) Prendergast of Albany, NY, Kenneth N. Prendergast of East Patchogue, NY, Derrick A. (Lisa Benson) Prendergast of Fort Plain, NY, Michael K. Prendergast of Fort Plain, NY, Thomas S. (Jennifer) Prendergast of Bayport, NY and Jeffrey O. Prendergast of Fort Plain, NY; one daughter, Michelle D. Major of Brooklyn, NY; one sister, Barbara Malatesta and Dr. Robert of Washington, NJ; eleven grandchildren, Sarah, Deirdre, Samantha, Miles, Neville, Julia, Dalton, Payton, Pierce, Sophia and Thomas; many nieces and nephews, and a rainbow of close family and friends.
A Service of Remembrance will take place at The United Methodist Church of 39 Center Street, Fort Plain, N.Y.,13339 on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. The memorial gathering will follow at the family's home at 22 Clinton Avenue, Fort Plain NY. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Women's International League For Peace and Freedom, 11 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116 www.wilpf.org or to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, NY 12078.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Lenz & Betz Funeral Home, 69 Otsego Street, Canajoharie, NY 13317. Please visit the online guestbook for Jane at www.brbsfuneral.com.