~Jane C. Rech, 88, of Chatham, NJ passed away peacefully on July 8th, 2017 with her four children at her side. A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, 240 Southern Blvd in Chatham on Wednesday, July 12th at 11:30 am. For further information or to send a condolence, please visit www.www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com.
Jane was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of Harry and Esther (Howard) Crooks. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Chatham College in Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree from Smith College in MA. After graduation, Jane worked as a chemist with Gulf Oil. She met William Rech on a blind date in Pittsburgh and they were married and moved to Chatham in 1954.
Jane devoted her life to raising her four children and holding leadership positions with a number of volunteer organizations including Chatham PTO, Chatham Emergency Squad, the Morris Area Girl Scout Council, and the Republican County Committee. Her greatest love was working with the Overlook Hospital Auxiliary, founding Chatham Twig 14 in 1965, and over time serving as gift shop chairman, membership chairman, business chairman of Overlook Musical Theater, Christmas Chairman for the hospital, and ultimately, President of the Auxiliary of Overlook Hospital, a 2,200-member organization. After many years of volunteering, she returned to the workforce with BOC Gases in Murray Hill, managing trade shows as a marketing and communications manager for 10 years.
Jane was also passionate about music, as a long time member of the Interludes group of Summit, Sweet Adelines women’s barbershop chorus, and her church vocal and bell choirs. Jane also enjoyed writing and doing crossword puzzles. Along with her husband and her son Peter, she was an avid New York Rangers Hockey fan. Jane and Bill retired to Cape May, NJ in 1993 and developed many close friendships there.
Jane was the beloved wife of 58 years to Bill, who predeceased her in 2012. She was the loving mother of Susan Rech and her husband Marc Sarnow, Tim Rech and his wife Darla, Kimberly Driscoll, and Peter Rech. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Taylor, Mackenzie, Eliane, Thomas, Kyle, Nathaniel and Lily, her much beloved English cocker spaniel Charlie and many loving relatives and friends. She is predeceased by her brothers, Harry Crooks and William Crooks. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jane’s memory may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township (www.pcct-nj.org), the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, NJ 08204, or Overlook Hospital (www.OverlookFoundation.org.)