In Loving Memory of Mary Jane Canavan

Mary Jane Canavan

Mary Jane Canavan

Dunmore, PA May 31, 1931 ~ November 20, 2017 Date of Service: November 25, 2017

Jane Canavan, 86, of Dunmore, died Monday morning in the Gardens of Green Ridge in Scranton.  Her husband, the late Joseph John Canavan, died in 1993.

Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Francis P. and Sarah Lance Quinn, she was a graduate of St. Mary of the Assumption in South Scranton, and had been a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Dunmore. 

Jane passed as quietly as she lived.  She was a gentle, humble soul who always had a kind word for everyone.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma (“GG”), sister, and aunt.  She was a friend to all.  One of her greatest pleasures was Sunday and holiday meals with family and friends.  Everyone looked forward to mom’s cooking, especially her coleslaw and her Christmas cookies.  She relished the time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, telling jokes forgetting the punchlines, singing, and reading them stories.  She also loved to shop with her daughters, always looking for a good bargain. 

Her passion was singing, especially with her sister, Sally.  They were fondly known as the “Quinn Sisters,” and performed at numerous benefits, minstrels, and weddings in this area.  They were a great team, especially as dedicated members in the St. Mary of the Assumption Choir.

The Canavan family would like to thank the kind and caring staff, caretakers, and hospice at the Gardens of Green Ridge, where she spent her final years.  She was affectionately known as the “Singer” at the center, where she entertained all the residents with her soprano voice.  She will be greatly missed by all.

Surviving are sons, Wayne J. Canavan and wife Debbie of Scranton, and Joseph (“Jay”) Canavan and wife MaryAnn of Orlando, FL; daughters, Sally Duffy and husband Phil of Scranton, Ellen Canavan of Dunmore, and Cheryl Canavan of Scranton; daughter-in-law, Linda Canavan of Elmhurst; grandchildren, Tasha Keating and husband Joseph of Moscow; Wayne Canavan and wife Faith of Dunmore; Cody, Danielle, and Eric Canavan of Orlando, FL; Paul Canavan, Jr. of Clarks Summit; and Laura Canavan of Scranton; several great-grandchildren; and her sister, Sally Quinn Scholz of Scranton. 

She was also preceded in death by her son, Paul F. Canavan, in 2011; her granddaughter, Michele Canavan, in 1978; and her twin brother, Francis Quinn, in 1931.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut St., Dunmore.  Interment to follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5-7 p.m.

Contributions in Jane’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, New York, NY 10001.

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Robert and Marie Mile
Posts: 4
Comfort for the Family
Reply #4 on : Mon November 27, 2017, 12:53:37
We wanted to share our condolences with Mary Jane's family. It is never easy to have to say goodbye to a loved one. The pain of loss can be unbearable. Our Creator promises us that one day this pain will be just a memory. That beautiful promise can be found at Revelation 21:3,4. Our pain and suffering will be a thing of the past, and we can cry tears of joy as we welcome back the ones that we love so much. We hope you find comfort in those promises.
Gary Zellers
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Re: In Loving Memory of Mary Jane Canavan
Reply #3 on : Sun November 26, 2017, 16:26:09
Jay and family, I am deeply saddened at the passing of your mother. I hope she went peacefully and is at rest with your father in heaven. Jay, I miss you and your family and all the fun times we had. I hope you are happy and healthy in Florida. Gary and family.
Cindy Pacini
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condolences to Canavan family
Reply #2 on : Sun November 26, 2017, 10:44:49
I work with Wayne and know his wife Debbie. I was unable to attend the viewing but would like to send them my prayers. Wayne and I had many discussions about our mothers and the impact that Alzheimer's has on our families. Take solace in knowing she's at peace and remembers all of you.
Joan Burke Hapeman
Posts: 4
Jane Canavan
Reply #1 on : Sat November 25, 2017, 04:41:05
Mrs Canavan was a lovely soul. Kind, considerate and loving. I express deep sympathy for her family.