Jane A. Buzzard

jane a. buzzard
Greece: Suddenly, Sunday, March 7, 2010. Survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Harry E. Buzzard; son, Jeffrey Buzzard; daughter, Julie Morrison; sister, Donna Morreale; several nieces, nephews and cousins; many dear friends. Jane enjoyed gardening, flowers and bowling with her friends. She loved music and was an amazing pianist. Jane graduated from Friendship Central School where she was a proud member of the Honor Society, and attended Fredonia State College. She worked for the State of New York Employment Division, Xerox Corporation and currently worked for the Eastman School of Music for the past 30 years. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home 1075 Long Pond Road. Her Funeral Service will be held Friday 11:00 AM in the chapel of the funeral home. Interment, Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in her memory.

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  1. Dear Buzzard Family,
    I’ve know Jane ever since I first came to the Eastman School of Music in 1992. Her smile and helpful attitude always brightened my visits to the Registrar. I just spoke with her last Friday and she knew exactly who I was even though it’s been years since I had seen her last. I was deeply saddened by the news of her passing.

    My family and I extend our deepest condolences. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Janeen Ceparano Wilkins and Lee M. Wilkins

  2. Dear Donna and Family:

    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers with your sister’s untimley passing.

  3. Dear Harry and family,

    My very deepest condolences on the sudden loss of your lovely wife and mother. I will always remember the garden tour of your home last year. Jane took such pride in your yard. May all the memories you hold so dear bring you comfort during this very difficult time.

    Joanna Ames
    Stone Ridge Animal Hospital

  4. Dear Harry, Jeff and Julie: Iam heartbroken!! I can’t believe that Jane is gone. She was certainly one of the most wonderful women that I have ever met, a key member of our staff, loved by everyone. Her beutiful smile and her beautiful heart mde her beloved by all that met her. She was unfailingly kind to faculty, staff and students and to me personally. I can only imagine the depth of your sorrow. She loved you so much.

    My prayers are with you.


  5. Dear Harry, Jeff, Julie & Donna,

    We are so very sorry to hear of Jane’s passing. She was simply too young. The older we become, the more we miss and appreciate our family members. Donna is now my only remaining cousin. I love California, but often get homesick and wish I was so much closer to all of you. May God be with you. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Darlene & Don

  6. Dear Harry, Julie and Jeff; I’m so sad to know that Jane has gone. I sincerely wish I could be with you on Friday but Katie is getting married Saturday here in Florida. You all will be in our thuoghts and prayers. I love you. Ruth

  7. Dear Harry,

    I was so saddened to hear of Jane’s sudden passing. May God’s loving arms enfold you and bring you comfort. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    God Bless You,

    Kate (Travis) Meyer

  8. Dear Jane’s family and friends,
    Please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss. Jane was such a friendly face in the Eastman Registrar’s office and seemingly remembered all our names from the first meeting. I grew up in Alfred and later worked with Friendship Central School. Jane and I kept one another in touch with local matters when we had news to share. I remain grateful for that little piece of ‘home’ and will miss her smile very much. You are in my thoughts during this very difficult time.
    Rebecca Weaver, DMA student, Eastman

  9. Ever since I was a student at the Eastman School in 1988, and then as a faculty member in 1997, Jane never failed to greet me with the warmest, most wonderful smile. She always expressed genuine interest in how I was doing. I will miss her amazing spirit.

  10. Harry and Family. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We have fond memories of our years in Norton Village, meeting you and Jane, gathering in the small courtyard on Friday night and so many laughs. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. —John and Kathy Spencer

  11. Harry, Julie & Jeff: I am deeply saddened to hear of Aunt Jane’s passing. I have known her as long as I can remember, and she was such an exceptional woman who only had good things to say about other people. Her warm and friendly nature and continuous kindness and love toward others will long be remembered by those who will dearly miss her presence on this earth… Rich

  12. Harry, Julie, & Jeff, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jane will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Jane always was kind and caring. It has been an honor to be Aunt Jane’s niece. May she rest in peace and be remembered by us always. Love, Fran

  13. Heart is heavy with the knowledge of your loss. Much love and prayers for you all. Aunt Jane was always a highlight of the family reunions with her warmth, humor, and genuine interest in us all.

  14. I always enjoyed stopping into the Registrar’s Office to chat with Jane. She always had a wonderful smile for everyone. I always left feeling better than when I walked in. She had joy in her heart for her work and the people around her. All of us that knew Jane will always carry that joy in our hearts. Jane………you touched us all with your loving spirit………..thank you

  15. I am one of many, many people at Eastman who will miss Jane greatly. As a non-traditional grad student I was in and out of the registrar’s office a lot. It was Jane and her helpfulness, as well as her understanding and sense of humor, that made every visit a pleasant and productive one. When ever I saw her at Eastman she had a smile and a good word for me. I know her family must feel her loss greatly.

  16. I am so sorry for the loss your family has gone through. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this difficult time. God Bless you all and Jane. Just keep in mind that you will all see her again on the Other Side. She will be waiting for you with all the love she has for you.

  17. I am so sorry to hear of Jane’s sudden and all too unexpected passing. She always had a smile and was willing to put down what she was doing to help us students at a moment’s notice. I’m sure we aren’t aware of half of the things she did for us everyday behind the scenes, but we always valued her friendly advice and will surely miss her.
    -Randall Harlow, Eastman student

  18. I am very sorry for the loss of your loved one I hope that knowing your friends and family care will help at this time.

  19. I first knew Jane as a D.M.A. student. Jane was always helpful and kind to all of us graduate students. Later, she remained a friend. She was always there with her friendly smile and gracious manner. Jane will be missed by many.

  20. I had the pleasure of working under Jane for two summers as a student assistant in the Registrar’s office at Eastman. She was a consummate professional in her administration of student records but always did her work with a smile and a laugh. After graduating, I often found myself returning to the Registrar’s office during my occasional trips to Rochester — not to pick up a transcript, but to catch a bit of Jane’s infectious zest for life. I will miss her smile, kindness and genuine interest in Eastman students’ lives. Tim Pyper, BM ’03, MM ’06

  21. I had the pleasure of working with Jane for the past 22 years and have to say How saddened I was to learn of her death. Please accept my deepest regrets over her passing and know that she was a warm wonderful person who always was proud of her family. It was a joy to know her. Paul

  22. i have known Jane for 30 years, during her work at Eastman. Her positive attitude, her knowledge of ‘How to make things work for the students and faculty are irreplaceable. I always looked forward to her personal warmth, professionalism and wonderful smile, any time I entered her office! I know that your life without her will be impossibly difficult and empty. Know that many of us will continue to make music with her in mind.
    Ruth Cahn

  23. I have known Jane for nine years and worked w/her down the hall. She was always helpful, friendly and ready to laugh. I loved her flowers!
    Eastman will not be the same without her.

  24. I remember Jane very fondly from my years as a student at Eastman (’94-’97). Having returned to the School this fall to work in admissions, I’ve enjoyed her presence as our ‘neighbor’ and colleague. She brought warmth and a depth of knowledge to the office (not to mention the football pools), and we will miss her.

  25. I so appreciated Jane both during my years as a student at ESM and as faculty. She is one of the people I most associate with my experience at Eastman. She was always so helpful and genuinely interested in me, and I looked forward to seeing her each time I went to her office. I’m sure I am only one of many, many who will miss her greatly.

  26. I was so sad to hear of Jane’s passing. I have known Jane for almost 30 years, first as a student at ESM and then a s a faculty member of the ECMS. Jane is the warmest and kindest person I can think of. I remember that when I was a student, she always treated me with the greatest respect. She always made the students feel important and was always there to offer comfort when we needed it. As a faculty member, I loved to come to the registrar’s office because Jane would always greet you with a warm smile. She made such a difference in all of our lives and it will simply not be the same without her presence here.

    I wish to express my deepest condolences to her family. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers and that Jane will be in my heart forever.


  27. I was so saddened to learn of Jane’s passing. She was a dear person with whom I worked years ago in the Registrar’s office at the Eastman School of Music. She and her colleagues in that office taught me the skills I still use today in my current job. Her love for life, family, friends, and work colleagues will be missed greatly. My condolences to the family at this tragic time.

  28. I work in the University of Rochester Audit Department that shares the Eastman Miller Center space.

    Although we never worked together Jane always had a smile and a cheery greeting as we passed in the hall.

    I will miss that.

    My deepest condolences.

    Paul F. Schneider, Manager, Information Technology Audit
    University Audit University of Rochester

  29. I worked with Jane for five years in the Eastman Registrar’s Office, and I feel extraordinarily lucky to have known her and learned so much from her. She was truly a ‘people person,’ and was never too busy to share the latest news and a smile with students, staffers and faculty members alike. Her caring concern for others and her lively sense of humor made each day brighter. My heartfelt condolences to Jane’s family. I will miss her.

  30. I’m one of many graduates of Eastman who wouldn’t have made it through without Jane. She kept track of me, making sure that I got to the ‘finish line’ in my degree program. Whenever I would walk into the office or call on the phone, Jane would put down everything else she was doing and give me her complete attention, and she always did it with a smile! Now as a faculty member at Eastman, I am a frequent visitor to the registrar’s office, and I usually visit with a problem to solve. It is impossible for me to imagine that Jane’s warmth and laughter won’t be greeting me the next time I visit. I send out my prayers to Jane’s family–so many people are feeling a tremendous sense of loss. Sincerely, Susan Conkling, chair of Music Education

  31. It was always so cheering and nice to see Jane at the Eastman School. Her warmth and joy in life were unfailing and she was so kind and helpful. I can hardly believe we will not see her again, and I send my warmest sympathies to her family, who must miss her dear presence so much.

  32. I’ve known Jane for the 25 years that I’ve been at Eastman. She was always friendly, funny, helpful, and scolding when I needed to get my grades in! She was a wonderful person — I’m greatly saddened by the news that she won’t be sitting there next time I go to the registrar’s office. I can’t imagine the place without her — You’ll be missed, Jane!

  33. Jane touched the lives of so many students and faculty at Eastman. Her perennially cheerful disposition and marvelous sense of humor gave much pleasure and joy to all those who were privileged to work with her. She was a tremendously positive influence at our school and a model of professionalism; we all will miss her dearly. Thanks to her family for sharing her with us for these many years! With gratitude and deep sympathy, Marie Rolf, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Eastman School of Music

  34. Jane was always smiling and helpful to all the Eastman faculty. She was gracious to the students and a pleasure to know. Losing Jane is a great tragedy for her family and the school. She will be sorely missed by all.

  35. Jane was an unfailingly kind, generous and happy person. She always lit up a room when entering. She will be sorely missed by her friends and colleagues here at the University of Rochester. I am grateful to have known her and I extend my sincere sympathy to her family and many friends.

  36. Jane was loved by so many of us at Eastman. Her warm smile and beautiful laugh, her sparkling eyes, and her eagerness to take the time to help with any problem–these are all things we will never forget.

    I know I am not the only one who would go out of my way to stop into her office to say hello for a generous helping of her cheerfulness and friendship.

    We will all miss her dearly, and our prayers are with her family.

    Bill Weinert

  37. Jane was one of the most happily-infectious people I’ve ever met. I had the pleasure of working with her at Eastman for the past 20 years. I can’t ever remember a cross word or grumpy disposition emanating from Jane – in fact just the opposite. She’s the person to visit when you needed a boost of cheer. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. As we morn her loss, may we remember her cheery temperament and its positive effect on others.

  38. Jane was working at Eastman when I joined the faculty, and I always was so impressed with her professionalism, her caring for the students, and her sparkling humor. I would appear before her, in a hurry, and then stay, just to talk. She was one of the human faces at Eastman that will be remembered and missed. Pia and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to Julie and the family.

  39. Jane will be missed by all in the Eastman School Of Music .I had the pleasure of working with her for 22 years and will miss her friendly smile and laugh.May God bless her family during this difficult time and bring comfort in their sorrows.

  40. Julie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jane was a wonderful person and always had a smile on her face. I enjoyed bowling with her. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  41. Julie and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this very difficult time. Having lost my mother-in-law in January, we fully understand. Keep your memories close as no one can take them away. Jane was such a friendly and happy woman and I don’t think there was ever a time that I never saw a smile on her face. It was always contageous. She will be missed on Thursday nights at the bowling alley. Wendy Phillips (Dirty Dozen League)

  42. Julie and Family, Sorry to hear about your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Jane was a very nice women to bowl with she made all of us smile every Thursday night she will be missed dearly.
    Peck Collision

  43. Julie and Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this very sad time. Jane was a very nice and friendly woman. We will all miss her on Thursday nights at the bowling alley.
    Lynn, Gerry, Kathie, Mary and Fran.
    (Tile Wholesalers)

  44. Julie, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I loved working with her and loved bowling with all of you guys. I wont be able to attend her service but always know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your dad.

  45. Like so many of my Eastman colleagues, I too will greatly miss Jane, and the wonderful spirit she brought every day. My condolences to Jane’s family.

  46. My dear Aunt Jane, your beautiful smile, your infectious laugh, you will be greatly missed. Love to Uncle Harry, Julie, and Jeff. I will be praying for you as you grieve.
    Much love and prayer from the Fanton and Bishop families,

  47. My deepest condolences to the family. I knew Jane for the past 5 years and she was the nicest person at Eastman. Whenever I saw her she had that wonderful smile. I will dearly miss her. I pray that her soul rests in eternal peace.

    Salim Alani

  48. My deepest sympathy to you, Donna, and to Harry and family. I, too, remember Jane’s warmth, sense of humor, and great smile. When I used to spend the night at your house Jane’s presence always made it even more fun. My prayers will be with all of you as you grieve for her. God bless you.

  49. One might say I’m an acquaintance of Jane. I’m a student at the Eastman School of Music. I often needed forms signed, documents transmitted and Jane was very welcoming and helped me out often. She was great for a chat and always seemed to be in good humor. She will be missed in the Registrar’s Office and by other Eastman students, I’m sure. It won’t be the same. I’m sorry for the family’s loss.

  50. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of and Jane was atruly wonderful person who was so talented person and a friend to so many, God watch over all of you duribg this mourning time. Walt and Dottie

  51. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and prayers during your time of loss! May the loving memories you hold in your heart provide comfort in the days ahead.

  52. The sad news of Jane’s parting reached me while traveling in the West. In my files to be taken to Rochester after my return was the usual envelope with stamps, often from exotic countries, she liked to collect or collect for someone else.
    Jane was a very special person, and I relied on her administrative expertise for decades when dealing with the Registrar’s Office. I will always remember her cheerfulness, and helpfulness, even in difficult situations, and I know that I will miss her smile when walking into the Registrar’s Office the next time I have business to transact.
    At the end, there remains gratitude for the many years she has been around and made life better for many. To her family: please accept my expressions of sympathy.

  53. To a very special lady who made everyone happy. You will be greatly missed. God send his love and comfort to you’re entire family. God Bless

  54. To Jane’s family and friends, I knew Jane for almost twenty years at the Eastman School of Music. She had a big smile and a big heart, and I find it hard to believe she is gone. Thank you for sharing her with us. We will all miss her here. Thinking of you with love and prayer in your time of loss.

  55. To Jane’s Family and Friends,

    I had the good fortune to know Jane for the last 28 years at the Eastman School of Music, first as a student and now as a faculty member. Whenever I saw Jane at the registrar’s office or around the school, I always felt like I was ‘one of her favorites’. Yesterday, a mutual friend reminded me that Jane made everyone feel that way. I will miss her friendly spirit, generosity, and great sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this difficult time. Please know what a wonderful, sincere presence she was at our school.

    Mark Kellogg

  56. To the Buzzard Family – I was deeply saddened when I heard of Jane’s passing. I met Jane back in 1988 when I began working at the Eastman School of Music and we remained friends ever since then. I am so grateful to have been a part of her life. I will carry her beautiful smile and distinctive laugh with me in my heart forever. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  57. To The Buzzard Family,

    Sometimes God puts very special people here to be with us and throughout their lives they are kind, generous and good to everyone they meet. From the first moment I met Jane I felt that warmth and welcoming spirit of hers and let’s not forget that amazing smile that was always there for us. Jane will be missed greatly by all of us who knew her and our prayers are with you all. God bless you.

  58. We are all so fortunate to have enjoyed our lunch hour with Jane each day since she started working at Eastman in 1981. We shared many laughs, birthday celebrations, dinners, and talks about our families and pets. We are blessed to have had such a wonderful friend, who will be dearly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with Harry, Julie, and Jeff. – ‘The Lunch Bunch’ ‘ Cindy McCamman, Fran Turk, Kathy Goodman & Sheryle Charles.

  59. We are so sorry to hear of Jane’s sudden passing. It was always a joy to see her in the halls at the Eastman School, and to work with her on particular issues there from time to time. She always had a terrific smile and a clever thing to say, and she brightened the day for us.
    David Higgs, Chair, Dept of Organ and Historical Keyboards, Eastman School of Music

  60. We were so sorry to hear of Jane’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy. Lloyd and Susan Potter

  61. When I first worked at the University, I worked at Eastman 2 days a week. Although I didn’t work in the Registrar’s Office, Jane was the person who showed me around the building, introduced me to other staff and offered her assistance whenever I needed it. I never forgot her kindness. It has been 18 years since I worked at Eastman but I’ve still been able to see Jane once or twice a year and it has always been a pleasure. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

  62. Words can’t convey how very sorry I am for your loss Harry, Julie, and Jeff. Jane was an amazing woman that always had a smile on her face. I am grateful for the time we got to spend together when she and Harry visited this past fall. I will always hold a place in my heart for Jane.

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