Jane Maloney Stanton, 91, died on April 3 at the Family of Caring nursing home in Montclair.
Born Jane Emily Maloney in Philadelphia in 1927, she was one of Charles and Anna Maloney’s seven children.
Mrs. Stanton attended the Visitation Academy in 1932, an all-girls boarding school in Fredrick, Md. and graduated in 1944. She graduated from Georgetown Visitation Junior College in 1947. She then moved back to Philadelphia and worked until 1954 for the City of Philadelphia as a medical secretary in the Department of Welfare. During these years she met her future husband, Thomas J. Stanton Jr. at a party in Washington, D.C. They married in 1954 and moved to Woodridge, and shortly thereafter to Montclair where they raised their children.
In 1984, she returned to school to earn her bachelors of science degree in nursing from Rutgers University and worked at Montclair Community Hospital as a registered nurse.
As her children left home for college and work, she became more actively involved in the community and the church. She was a volunteer for 50 years at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home Auxiliary. She held a variety of leadership positions, including chairing events, several board positions and later became board president. As president, she shepherded organizational advancements, including the incorporation of the organization to allow independent fundraising and other activities. Along with her husband, she became involved in promoting and fundraising for the COPE Center in Montclair. Mrs. Stanton was also a volunteer driver for the Montclair Ambulance Unit.
Following the death of her son, Bill, in 1993, she and other parishioners at the Immaculate Conception Church founded the We Care Ministry which provides support and weekly hot meals to persons with HIV and AIDS. She was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Parish for over 50 years and was a long time extraordinary minister serving shut-in and nursing home residents.
After her husband’s retirement from his long banking career, they traveled to Europe and Asia. Around the same time, they purchased a home in Bozeman, Montana, and travelled there frequently with family and friends.
Mrs. Stanton was an avid gardener and for many years maintained the grounds at the Montclair home. She paid special attention to a wide variety of perennial flowers, rose bushes and ornamental trees and shrubs. For many years she planted a large, organic vegetable garden which supplied the family with fresh vegetables. She was a member of the Montclair Garden Club.
After the sudden death of her husband in 1998, Jane moved to a condo in West Orange and bought a summer home in Sea Girt.
Mrs. Stanton was predeceased by her husband, Thomas J. Stanton Jr. in 1998 and her son, William P. Stanton in 1993.
She is survived by her children, Louise L. Stanton of Jersey City; Thomas J. Stanton III and his wife Anne of Montclair; Patricia B. Stanton and her husband John Nolen of West Chester, Pa.; Charles A. Stanton of Jersey City; Katherine A. Stanton and her husband John Paule of Glen Ridge; John M. Stanton and his wife Deborah of Washington D.C.; and Robert J. Stanton and his wife Allison of Montclair; and her 12 grandchildren, Jane, Eugene, Austin, Rosalie, Bridget, Charlotte, Emily, James, Paige, Madison, Cordelia and Thomas.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 7 at the Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St., Montclair. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 8 at the Immaculate Conception Church, 30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair.
In lieu of flowers, send donations payable to St Teresa of Calcutta – We Care Ministry, 1 Munn St., Montclair, NJ 07042.