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 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

  3. 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.


  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.


  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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