Jane Mercure’s Life Story
Jane Anne Fayle Mercure, 91, of Plainville, returned home to the “good Lord” and the loving arms of the Blessed Mother bravely and beautifully on November 18th, 2022, surrounded by the love and profound gratitude of her family and in the comfort of her treasured home.
Jane made the journey just in time to reunite with her husband, Joseph “Bob” Mercure, in heavenly celebration of their 67th wedding anniversary; November 19th, 1955. She also joins her beloved son, Edward Robert Mercure, who predeceased her in 2010.
Her greatest joy in life was her cherished family, including ten grandchildren of whom she was immensely proud, and we will all dearly miss basking in her devoted and unending love; Sharon Elizabeth and Glenn Washburn of Saint Augustine, FL, and children, Benjamin and Joshua and his wife, Kelly Bachman; Maureen Anne, her adored and precious princess to whom she doted on for 61 special years; Colleen Marie and Mark Brochu, of Plainville, CT, and their children, Erin and Taegan; Gail Theresa Mercure of Burlington and her children, Grace, Sam, Harrison, and Mason; Ed’s children, Matthew Mercure (Lauren O’Connor), and Kevin and his wife, Brooklyn Mercure, and their mother, Jeanette Francini Howes. She also sadly leaves behind her sisters-in-law, Jackie Fayle, Joyce Griffin and Carol Fields; there was a deepest love and connection with her many cousins, nieces and nephews, and the next generation of “greats;” and her ENTIRE Wishart crew! Her biggest delight was to be honored by her namesake—Jane Cassidy Johnson—daughter of her great-niece Annie.
Born to Anthony and Ethyl (Wishart) Fayle in The Bronx, New York, Jane delighted in sharing her April 11th birthday with her father (and nephew, Bill Fayle). She rejoices in seeing again those who predeceased her; brothers Orin Fayle and Alton and his wife, Dottie Fayle; her sister, Ada and her husband Bill Totten; and an infant sister, Helen Fayle; and brothers-in-law Donald Griffin and Edward Mercure.
She spent freshman year at Plainville High School and graduated from the Holy Family Academy, Baltic, CT, Class of ’50. After a few years working at a bank on Wall Street, she then worked at Pratt & Whitney in Southington where she met her future husband, Bob. Six months after a date where nerves prevented her from eating her filet mignon, they were engaged and six months later were married with guests braving an early snowstorm to celebrate the happy couple. Finding their little corner of the world on the outskirts of Paderewski Park, they found HOME and love there for 65 years; sharing a driveway and many cups of sugar (to this day!) with the Herman and Yvonne Masse family which is now “Jimmy Jimmy” and Joyce Masse who she loved like her own—she even drove Mrs. Masse to the hospital when she gave birth to Jim!
With Maureen’s arrival, PARC became a lifeline and integral part of Jane’s life and she and Bob worked tirelessly on behalf of the organization. She nurtured countless deep connections from the Coughlin family to the Kraut Family to Fran Rose to her loyal and cherished friend and visitor right to the end, Frank Robinson, and so many others. In 2009, Jane and her husband were honored with the Celebrate Plainville! Award for outstanding community service based on their years of selfless contribution and dedication to their good causes and beloved town. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mercy church and an active participant and spent much time supporting the Junior High School in its day.
Jane’s true chosen profession was that of “Mom” which she fully devoted herself to until also working as a secretary for CREC in the Plainville School system where she impacted the lives of many children with special needs for 42 years and was honored as their longest standing employee. It is an understatement to say that she deeply loved the people she gathered through her workplace, too many to count but all so valuable including Charlotte Emery; her monthly brunch buddies Cathy, Betsy, and Pat; and Carol, Nicole, Dawn, Terry, Georgette, John Z, Greg Z, Ed D, Dean E and the list goes on.
Her greatest honor and most important role was that of “World’s Greatest Grandmother” and her door was always open—literally! with three grands taking up separate residencies with her over the last decade. That and having the Brochu Bunch right across the street for a quarter century of fun and backyard glider talks reveals how much people enjoyed being in and staying in her world of warmth.
A quick rundown of her favorites include more recently Vlasic zesty dill pickles, Russell Stover Mint Patties, Chip and Johanna Gaines (also loving the new cooking show and will really miss not seeing more about The Castle!), her beloved Property Brothers and Maine Cabin Masters! With all she learned she became an expert and could have turned to renovating and rebuilding! Prior years were joyfully filled with UConn Women’s Basketball, movies with Lorraine, card nights with Gertha and Mimi, sewing nights out with neighborhood moms, her crocheting and Cathedral quilts, many trips to Catnip Mouse in Riverton, and always and forever steak and potatoes in all forms, enjoying the continual entertainment of the Choral Society shows and the many youth theater shows, and summers spent “down home” in Tabusintac, N.B., Canada. She was grateful for the unending laughs during annual weekend getaways with the girls – Joyce, Carol, and Rita. She loved her weekly/daily visits to see her favorite grocer, Kenny Gnazzo, and the friendship and support received from him and his staff over the years as well as time spent with her adored her hairdressers, sisters Becky and Cheryl, over the decades. She treasured her eucharist visits from Brenda, Pauline, and Leona. In her yearbook, she was quoted as always seen “talking” and the topic of conversation was “my nieces and nephews” and that was prophetic and continued forever.
She would want to note her appreciation and love for Maureen’s Marilyns (Stitham and Badner), to Kathleen for always making her life beautiful through flowers, gifts and goodies and her “Pidge” MaryBeth with husband Apps for their friendship and visits. She and her family extend sincerest appreciation to the Hartford HealthCare at Home team including Melanie, Susan, and Irene for their support, guidance, and loving care over these past weeks.
Consider a donation to PARC of Plainville to carry on Jane’s legacy of caring. As she kept reminding us in her final days, be sure to love each other and be happy. In the end, it’s all that matters.
Family and friends may gather in celebration of Jane’s life on Friday, November 25, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Plainville Funeral Home, 81 Broad St, Plainville. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church, with committal at St. Joseph Cemetery. It is suggested to wear shades of blue to the services as an outward expression of our connectedness to Jane – she said it was the color of her beloved Blessed Mother, and it has always been the favorite color of our very own blessed mother. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.PlainvilleFuneralHome.com
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