On Saturday morning, Jane passed away in her sleep with her husband of 52 years at her side. She spent her final moments in comfort at the Inpatient Unit of the Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore. Jane, a lifelong resident of Scranton, was 74 when she lost her hard-fought battle with Amyloidosis.
She was the fourth of nine children raised in the Hill section of Scranton. She is the daughter of the late Dr. John and Mary (Baker) O’Brien. As documented by the prevalence of her skinned knees as a child in formal family portraits, Jane had a fun and active childhood.
Jane graduated from Cathedral High School and while there met an extremely lucky Richard (Dick) McLaughlin during a summer shared at Moosic Lakes. Following her graduation from the Mercy School of Nursing, Dick and Jane were married. Jane was a wonderfully devoted mother to two children, a doting grandmother to three and a savior to five adopted dogs.
Jane was a Registered Nurse but spent the majority of her career as the Diabetes Educator at Moses Taylor Hospital. Known throughout the hospital as “Janey”, she helped improve the lives of countless patients by teaching them how to manage their Diabetes.
Family and friends will miss evenings spent with Jane on the front porch of her home. As she was always intent on making others comfortable, Jane was self-effacing in conversation, but also known for a subtle wit deployed when family members would engage in too much exaggeration. Though steering herself from the center of attention at any party, one could not help but know Jane was present even before she was seen – as her laugh was both well known and loved by all.
Even in her final months when she was suffering from complications of her disease, she kept true to her form and was always more concerned about those charged with caring for her, than she was for herself.
In addition to her husband, Jane is survived by her daughter Katherine McLaughlin of New York City and granddaughter Lillian; son Tim McLaughlin and his wife Molly of Wilton, CT and grandchildren Emma and Rose; sisters Kay Draper of Margate, NJ, Chris Condon of Columbia, MD, and Sue Brink of Moscow; brothers John O’Brien of Decatur, GA, Dr. Thomas O’Brien of Jefferson Township, and Patrick O’Brien of South Abington Township; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister Meg Rodgers and brother Joseph O’Brien.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11:00am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave. Scranton by Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, Pastor. Friends may call Saturday morning from 10:00am until the time of the Mass at the church. For directions, to share a memory, or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.vanstonandjames.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions in Jane’s memory be made to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart (hospicesacredheart.org / 53 Glenmaura National Blvd, Suite 120, Moosic, PA 18507) or to the Amyloidosis Research Consortium (www.arci.org). Her family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the broad array of individuals who treated Jane with kind and extraordinary care over the years.
Though great improvements to treatment have been made in very recent years, Amyloidosis remains a little-known disease that is often misdiagnosed. To learn more, please see the Amyloidosis Research Consortium (arci.org) or the Amyloidosis Foundation (www.amyloidosis.org).