Jane L. Schaener, 50, journalist, ran foster...


Jane L. Schaener, 50, journalist, ran foster home

Jane L. Schaener, a Baltimore native who had been a journalist and operated a foster care home, died of cancer June 19 at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Boston. She was 50.

She attended Morrell Park Elementary School, where she learned to play the violin and was awarded a scholarship to the Peabody Institute. She spent a year there before transferring to Western High School, where she graduated with honors.

In 1968, she moved with some family members to South Boston, Va., where she wrote for small community newspapers. Later, she worked for the Grant County Press in Petersburg, W.Va.

Her marriage to Frank Vagnini ended in divorce. For about six months, the couple owned a newspaper in High Point, N.C., the first edition being published Jan. 5, 1977.

Ms. Schaener, who retained her maiden name, moved to New Hampshire in 1978 and worked for a monthly magazine. After leaving that job and moving to Stoneham, Mass., she sold computers through the early 1980s, said her father, Richard C. Schaener of Linthicum.

After divorcing, Ms. Schaener bought a small horse farm in West Newbury, Mass., and became a licensed state wildlife rehabilitator.

She married Marc A. Hubbard in 1995, and the couple operated a home for foster children on the farm.

Ms. Schaener was cremated, and a memorial service is being planned.

In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by a brother, Richard Charles Schaener of South Boston; and two nephews.

Jean W. Colbert, 90, volunteer, secretary

Jean W. Colbert, a volunteer and former secretary, died Saturday of cancer at Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. She was 90.

The former Towson resident had lived at Fairhaven since 1989.

She had been volunteer coordinator of arts and crafts at Marine Hospital in Wyman Park for many years. From 1970 to 1995, she was coordinator of arts and crafts at Wesley Home in Mount Washington.

She began volunteering with the Red Cross during World War II.

The former Jean Chambers was born in Windsor Hills and graduated from Forest Park High School. She worked during the 1930s and 1940s as a secretary at Monumental Life Insurance Co.

She was married for many years to William Colbert, a postal worker, who died in 1988.

She had been a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Homeland and later joined St. Paul United Methodist Church after moving to Fairhaven.

She enjoyed painting landscapes in both oils and watercolors.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete yesterday. .

She is survived by many cousins.

James C. Snyder, 69, owner of Snyder Body Inc.

James C. Snyder, former president and owner of Snyder Body Inc., died Thursday of a stroke at Carroll County General Hospital. The Manchester resident was 69.

Since 1951, Mr. Snyder had been associated with the truck body and truck distributing firm in Greenmount, Carroll County, that was founded by his father, George C. Snyder, in the 1920s. He retired and closed the business in 1989.

Snyder Body custom-built dump trucks and was a distributor of school buses and sanitation trucks.A firetruck built by George Snyder is part of a collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

Born and raised in Hampstead, Mr. Snyder was a 1947 graduate of Hampstead High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Houghton College in New York state.

He had been a board member of Carroll County Bank and Trust and Carroll County General Hospital, and a past president of the Lions Club.

He was a member of Westminster Church of the Brethren, where a memorial service was held Saturday.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dolores J. Cauwels, whom he married in 1951; two daughters, Cheryl Held and Lyn Graham, both of Westminster; his parents, George C. Snyder and Maxine B. Wheeler Snyder of Westminster; and six grandchildren.

Philomena Mahony, 91, administrative assistant

Philomena Bogue Cummings Mahony, a retired administrative assistant and former reporter for TheSunday Sun reporter, died Saturday of cancer at Genesis Eldercare Long Green Center in Baltimore. She was 91.

Mrs. Cummings, who was known as Phyllie, had lived for nearly 50 years in the 1300 block of Bolton St. She retired in the 1980s from the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland Inc., where she had been an administrative assistant for many years.

She was a reporter for The Sunday Sun society pages from 1950 until 1955, when she left to become public relations director and alumnae secretary at Garrison Forest School. She had also been executive secretary for the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Born Philomena Bogue Cummings, she was raised on Mulberry Street and was a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School.

Her 1937 marriage to Mortimer A. Mahony Jr. ended in divorce.

An avid gardener, she was a member of Bolton Hill Garden Club. She attended Corpus Christi and St. Ignatius Roman Catholic churches. She also attended Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cathedral and Mulberry streets, where a Memorial Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary-Bogue Mahony Wingfield of Gastonia, N.C.; a brother, Frank Cummings of Midlothian, Va.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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