Obituary of Jane Maguire Starke
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Jane M. Starke, a beloved wife, devoted mother, treasured friend and cherished social worker passed away on July 19, 2023, surrounded by her family. Born in Phoenixville, PA on March 29, 1933, to William and Marguerite Maguire, Jane brought a radiant light and laughter to the lives of all who knew her. With heavy hearts, we mourn the loss of a joyful woman whose legacy will forever be etched in our hearts. Raised in Phoenixville, PA, Jane was an exceptional student graduating from Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Chestnut Hill College and earning her Masters from Rutgers University as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). After graduate school, Jane’s adventurous spirit led her to New York City where she embarked on a fulfilling career as a social worker at St. Vincent’s Hospital. At work, Jane’s unwavering commitment to helping young mothers and their families showcased her boundless empathy and kindness. It was during her time in NYC that Jane’s path intertwined with that of her soulmate, Dr. John J. Starke. Together, they built a love story that would stand the test of time. In 1966, they exchanged vows, and their journey of enduring devotion began. For over 57 years, they cherished each other, weathering life’s joys and challenges with unwavering love and support, even going to their eternal resting place within one week of each other. Jane’s heart was always with her family, and she and Jack decided to settle in Little Silver, NJ, where they lovingly raised their four children: Charles, Cynthia, Christopher, and John James. She exemplified patience, kindness, and a sense of humor that brightened the lives of her loved ones and friends. Even beyond her immediate family, Jane’s nurturing nature extended to her students at St. Ann’s school in Keansburg, NJ, where she was a dedicated social worker helping the children and families there. Her impact on her students was immeasurable, as she approached her role with kindness, care, and a delightful sense of humor. A practical joker at heart, she brought smiles and laughter to all who crossed her path. Beyond her roles as a wife and mother, Jane was known for her vivacious and adventurous nature. She had a zest for life that was infectious, and she reveled in her favorite pastimes: golf, skiing and tennis. Her love for these activities brought joy and camaraderie to her family and friends’ creating wonderful memories that will forever be cherished. Jane will be missed by all. Jane was predeceased by her husband Jack by just 5 days. She is survived by her four children, Dr. Charles (Janthima) Starke, Cynthia (James) Ross, Christopher Starke, and Dr. John J. (Linda) Starke, as well as four adoring grandchildren, Tyler and Jack Ross, Sophia, and Zachary Starke. A gathering for those who knew Jane or her family will be held this Thursday, July 27 th from 4 to 6:30pm at The Church of the Nativity at 180 Ridge Road in Fair Haven, NJ. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11am on Friday, July 28 th at The Church of the Nativity. The family will be hosting a repast immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation made in Jane’s name to Dinah James. Dinah provided incredible live in care for both Jane and Jack. She provided such love, respect and exceptional care to them around the clock. Dinah has been building a “Hope Center for Abused Women” in her home country of Ghana. She already supports many women financially and their children from afar. Please venmo Dinah James @dinash60 or checks can be made payable to Dinah James ,c/o Cindy Starke Ross at 75 Bellevue Ave. Rumson, NJ 07760.
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