Jane Downes
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Obituary of Jane Downes

Downes, Jane A. (Luke)
Churchville: Beloved mother, grandmother and friend. At home with her family by her side, she faded peacefully and beautifully joining her husband in heaven on July 1, 2017 at age 91. She was loved by family and all who knew her. Heaven has another angel to spread love, peace, joy and positivity. Predeceased by her husband, Daniel J. Downes; Son, Daniels R. Downes; 6 brothers; 3 sisters. She is survived by her children, Eileen (Steven) Ely, Bonnie (Paul) Gray, John Downes, Margie (John Olson) Downes; grandchildren, Daniel Downes, Manfred Gedeik, Denise Downes, Natahan Stockmaster; 4 great grandchildren; brother, Walter (Marie) Luke. For more information or to leave a memory, visit www.walkerbrothersfh.com
Jane’s visitation will be on Friday July 7, 2017 from 4-7 pm at the funeral home, 21 S. Main St. Churchville. Her funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday July 8 at 10:00 am at St. Vincent DePaul Church, 11 N. Main St. Churchville. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery in Spencerport.

Jane was born on July 3, 1925 in Rochester, NY, her parents were Veronica Beounitis and George Luke, she had 7 brothers and 3 sisters. Jane graduated from Franklin High School. She met the man of her dreams in Daniel Downes, waited for him to return from WWII. They were married in 1946 at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Rochester, NY.  A blind date set up by her sister Lillian is how it all began and family was her life as she raised their 5 children, Eileen, Daniel, Bonnie, John and Margie.  Saturday night “dates”, sweethearts forever, loved to create parties for holidays and special occasions, sewed and loved her home that they built with “blood, sweat and tears” in 1955.  Jane loved cooking, baking, music also dancing and above all her family, she made all holidays and celebrations very FESTIVE!  She was excellent at playing the piano, typist, polka dancing, loved to travel and see the US.  Her favorite show was Lawrence Welk. Jane was gracious but spoke her mind, optimist, devoted Christian/Catholic always relied on Jesus to carry her through. Loved her guardian angel.