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Jane Ann Carney Crafts


Jane Ann Carney Crafts, 73, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Concord, NH.


Jane was born July 14, 1939, in Ticonderoga, NY, the daughter of the late John P. and Agnes D. Carney. She was a graduate of Ticonderoga High School and later trained and served as a flight attendant for Capital Airlines (now United Airlines) based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


She married Mansfield S. Crafts on January 23, 1982, and moved to Warren, Vermont, where she resided for 30 years. Jane was previously married to Thomas Johnston of Ann Arbor, MI.


Jane held a variety of retail positions in the Mad River Valley, including at The Warren Store, Jamieson’s Insurance, Mehuron’s Supermarket and the Bridge Street Bakery. She also worked for many years in the medical offices of the University of Michigan and the University of Vermont.


Jane was a great cook whose specialties were her dinner rolls, donuts and German potato salad. She was a consummate caregiver to her family and husband. She and her husband, Manny, were longtime members of the Family Motor Coach Association, Green Mountain Chapter. They loved traveling around the United States to visit family and friends in their motor home.


She is survived by her son Patrick J. Johnston, stepchildren Cynthia Wilkinson (Tom), James Crafts (Pamela), and Deborah Stempel (Sylvester); grandchildren Nathan, Kristin, and Sara Wilkinson, Karli Stempel, J. Griffin and Samuel M. Crafts; great-grandchild Grayson Denningham; siblings Mary Hurlburt (Hank), Patrick J. Carney (Anna), Lynda Goodness (Lynn) and Suzy Haas (Brian). Jane is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Mansfield Seth Crafts, and stepson, Jonathan Crafts.


A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013, from Waitsfield United Church of Christ in Waitsfield, with a reception to follow in the church parish hall. The interment service is to be held at Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord, NH, at the convenience of the family.


Jane's family would like to give a special thanks to Brenda and Chris Sabin for their unwavering support and friendship with Jane in her last months. We also would like to recognize all of the nurses, PTs and OTs from CVHHH who were so attentive and kind to both Jane and her husband.


In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jane’s memory may be made to Mad River Valley Ambulance Service (P.O. Box 305, Waitsfield, VT 05673) or Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice (600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641


Jane lived fully up to her last day and she will be deeply missed by all who have known and loved her. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury, VT. To send online condolences visit and Facebook.





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