Jane Woodruff


Obituaries / Aug. 10, 2017 11:33am EDT

East Brookfield—Jane Blaine Woodruff, 79, former Brookfield Town Clerk, passed away early Tuesday morning Aug. 1, 2017 at her home, following a brief illness.

Jane was the third of 10 children and was raised in Philadelphia. During a fall weekend visiting Vermont, she and her husband came upon the farmhouse in Brookfield and Jane decided it was to become their new home. For the last 40 years, she cherished its simple pleasures— view of the entire valley from the front porch, beautiful sunsets over the Green Mountains from the back porch, and the backyard brook which offered the perfect place for family to swim and fish.

Much of Jane’s professional life was spent at the State of Vermont in the Department of Public Service and the Office of the Secretary of State. Her first attempt at retirement lasted less than six months, when she became the Brookfield Town Clerk, a job that was most fulfilling, and one in which she remained for 13 years, until finally retiring permanently.

She enjoyed serving others and always warmly welcomed her co-workers, Brookfield residents, and acquaintances with sunny disposition and her gift for easy conversation—whether in the office or as she completed errands around town.

Her life-long hobby of acquiring antiques and collectibles made for many spring and summer weekends of traveling to find unique treasures, especially at area lawn sales. Jane enjoyed researching and uncovering the history of each item as much as she did buying and reselling it.

She was also always up for joining her husband and the antique car club for a road tour or car show. Other hobbies included gardening, reading, painting, and bird watching on her property. The many stories and lessons she shared about her childhood and her life will be fondly remembered by her entire family. The “First Sunday of the Month” calls will be held dearly by those who were on the receiving end.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, John (Chris) Woodruff. A proud mother and more proud grandmother, she will be dearly missed by her children: Robert (Joanne) Schubach, Deborah (Anthony) O’Hagan, Lynne (Kevin) Cliche, Ronald (Kathleen) Schubach, and Cheryl (Nelson) LaFrance; her stepchildren: John Woodruff, Wayne (Karen) Woodruff, and Russell (Alicia) Woodruff; 24 grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren.

Along with her parents, she was predeceased by three siblings and is survived by six siblings, as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express its deepest gratitude to VNH for its responsiveness and support during Jane’s illness.

Calling hours in her honor were held at Day Funeral Home in Randolph on Saturday, Aug. 5. No services are planned. Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home in Randolph.

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