Jane C. Santos of New York and Edgartown died peacefully on April 22 at Maine General Medical Center with her sister Ruthann Keating and nephew Jeffrey Keating at her bedside.
Jane was born on September 11, 1933 to Ernest J. Santos and Adeline BenDavid Santos at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Oak Bluffs. She attended the Edgartown School and graduated with the class of 1951. Upon graduation she went to work for the Cape & Vineyard Electric Company for four years before heading to New York city with her lifelong friend and classmate Dorothy Gaspar Esposito. They were soon joined by another Vineyard friend, Dona Duarte O’Leary, and two years later Jane’s sister Ruthann.
Jane enjoyed a long and successful career at Time, Inc., which later became Time-Warner. She retired after 35 years of service, and continued to live in New York and spend her summers and the holidays on the Vineyard. Jane loved to travel but her heart was always with the Vineyard. Jane spent the last five months living at Granite Hills Estates in Hallowell, Me., enjoying the many activities and social life provided there. She especially enjoyed having all her family visiting with her in Maine.
Jane dearly loved and will be sadly missed by her two sisters, Ruthann Keating of Freedom, Me., and Helen Gibson and her husband, Dennis, of Edgartown, as well as her brother, William Santos, and his wife, Mary-Alice, of Westfield. She is also survived by her nieces, Pamela Stendardi and her husband, Raymond Stendardi; Kimberly Gibson Kane; Stacen Keating LaPoint and her husband, Michael LaPoint; Kara Santos Gentle and her husband, Stephen Gentle; and Shawn Keating and his wife, Rosemarie; Jeffrey Keating and his wife, Stacey; Thomas Keating and his wife, Christina; Eric Gibson and his wife, Kathleen, as well as 14 great-nieces and nephews. Also, three very dear friends, Dorothy Esposito, Dona O’Leary and Doris Termini.
Jane was predeceased by her parents and two brothers, Ernest J. Santos Jr. and Robert Santos.
Following her wishes, a graveside service attended by friends and relatives was held on April 27 followed by a celebration of her life at a luncheon at Farm Neck, a restaurant she loved to frequent every time she visited the Vineyard.