Jane Mosher Heitzman

Died: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018

Services are to be announced

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Jane Mosher Heitzman, 98, of Syracuse, N.Y., passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 26, 2018.

She was the devoted wife of the late George C. Heitzman, MD, for 30 years and was loved and cherished by all who knew her. 

Born on Nov. 22, 1919, in Parish, N.Y., she was the daughter of R.C. and Florence (Foote) Mosher. In her youth, she sang at weddings, danced and loved all things theatrical, which led her to attend the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Later, she managed the Arthur Murray dance studio in Syracuse, where she met Dr. Heitzman. 

The couple married in 1947 and lived in many states and in France before resettling in Syracuse in 1957. She loved to entertain and surround herself with friends and relatives. She hosted warm, intimate gatherings that showcased her love of cooking, storytelling, art, music, fashion and fun. Jane and Dr. Heitzman went their separate ways after raising their children.  

Jane’s “family” continued to grow.  

“Crazy Jane,” as she liked to refer to herself, acquired another affectionate nickname, “Lady Jane,” later in life, as she became a universal mother and treasured friend to many. 

She always had time to listen and counsel anyone seeking solace. Her favorite frame of mind was gratitude. She greeted every day with a smile and every evening with a thank-you. 

She is survived by her children, George Jr. and Donna, both of Syracuse, Peter (Karen Savoca) of Munnsville, N.Y., and Jennifer (Paul Brown) of Cold Brook, N.Y.; granddaughters Eden Heitzman Skowronski (Artur) and Jacqueline Simcuski D’Ambrosio (Michael); great-grandchildren Zora, Magnar and Dragon Skowronski; a sister, Jeanette Mosher Gansert of Lakewood, Colo.; and sister-in-law, Virginia Mosher of Romeo, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Donald R. Mosher of Romeo, Mich.


A memorial service is planned for this spring and will be announced on this website. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Central New York. 

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Laureen and Dennis Violante
   Posted Sat March 03, 2018
Dear Donna, we are so sorry for your loss. She's had an amazing long life and I guess for that you are blessed. I remember you once told me that she was the person with whom you've had the longest relationship. She was a real trooper and had a great sense of humor. She was the matriarch of her family.

Weese and Gordon Moore
   Posted Sun March 04, 2018
We are so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful and gracious lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Gordon and Weese.

Joan Peet
   Posted Sun March 04, 2018
Dear George Jr., Donna, Peter and Jennifer

I was sorry to read of the loss of your Mother. You are in my thoughts and

Joan Peet

christine myers
   Posted Sun March 04, 2018
Donna and George - I will always be grateful for the short time I was able to be with such an amazing woman. My heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

Larry & Jean
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Dear Donna. Knowing your Mother only through you we know she was a very special person. We send our heartfelt Love to you at this time. May you hold the Loving memory of your Mother in that special place within you. With Love, Larry & Jean

Kathy Motto
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Dear Donna,
My sincerest condolences on the passing of your mom. Jane was so fortunate to have you back in Syracuse these past years so you could spend such precious time with her and share many laughs. I am so happy you contacted me as I am currently in Boston babysitting and would not have known. My thoughts are with you!💕💕

Kathy and Jeffrey Spencer
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Dear Donna, Your mom was an amazing woman! Her picture captures her essence beautifully. You said it best, "a life well lived and loved." Our love and prayers are with you and you family.

Susan A. Goldberg
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
My love goes out to all who knew and loved Jane. She was extraordinary in every nuance of the word. Smart, funny, curious, loving. I am so lucky to have known and spent a few amazing long evenings with her. I will treasure these memories always, and Jane, wherever you are, I will ALWAYS love you.
Your old friend, Susan

Nancy Putnam
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Dear Donna,

I have fond memories of your mom coming out to the "Girl Farm" on Pompey Center Road! She was a wonderful character, and will be missed by many, I'm sure. My thoughts are with you and your family.


Jane Lea
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Dear Donna,
I am holding you and your family deep in my heart. I know what the loss of a mother is like and I know you were devoted. I love you, J

Dan Lacombe
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
Donna - my most sincere sympathies upon the passing of your mother. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Dan Lacombe -

Provincetown, MA (Romeo's Guest House and UU Meeting House)

Suzanne Dollaway
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
I am saddened to hear of the loss of our Jane. I was so lucky and grateful to have been loved, counseled, entertained, listened to, and loved some more by my friend Jane. Her beautiful soul filled the room and her laughter contagious. Not long after Jane and I met she affectionately nicknamed me Doris, after the famous actor Doris Day. She said I had that sunny Doris Day personality. I loved it because that was how I felt about her. She always gave us and life her all, with a smile and a click of her heels. I love you Lady Jane and you will stay in my heart forever. ❤️ Rest In Peace.

Dorothy Downes
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Gosh...Aunt Jane! She looks great in the photo. You all had hearty Mom years. Hope you can find peace. Love, Dorothy Downes

Lisa Bernstein
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
My dearest Donna and to the rest of the Heitzman clan. I'm so very, very sorry for this grand loss. "Lady" Jane. Ah...I was fortunate and honored to have not only met her, but share space as roommate when she visited Provincetown at Donna's house. She absolutely WAS the "universal mother"...giving fully with her heart, exuding LIGHT, WARMTH, LOVE and BEAUTIFUL GRACE. There are almost no words to express how she made me feel when I was in her presence, and the impact she had on my psyche. She honestly cared, had an open ear, broad shoulders, was filled with loving advice and friendship. Jane will be remembered in my heart with a broad smile and great fondness. Donna, you were/are the most spectacularly attentive and loving daughter...the apple DID fall right under the tree and is growing sprouts. I know YOU know,...your Mom will be shining her light over your shoulder and onto your brothers and sister...for the balance of this life and for many to come. With great love and your friend, ALWAYS...xoxo

Toni Levin
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
What a blessing your mom has been for so many.
You are in my prayers.
Toni Levin

Lin Garrepy
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Donna and George, Your dear Mother Jane is now at rest and at peace. I am sorry for your loss, but passing on to the next realm is part of the cycle of life. Jane lived a full life, filled with love, family and friends. She will be missed by many.

Jennifer Migdal
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Donna, Pete, Karen & all the rest of Jane's family, I was sad to hear about Jan's passing but I'm so thankful for the time I spent in her company. I will always cherish fond memories of her wonderful personality.

Brenda Silva
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018

I am very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. It is wonderful that you got to spend time with her. Her life was long and hopefully fulfilled.

Be well............feel a hug

Evelyn Kennenwood
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Dear Donna,
Thank you for sharing with me the news of your mom's passing. I was delightfully struck by your resemblance to her in her photo.
My heart and thoughts are with you (and her) as you work through the difficult days ahead. It is never easy to lose your mom at any age (and sounds like she was a mom to many), but I am glad you had such a long and rich life together. I know she blessed so many who will remember her with deep fondness and love. We cannot ask for more.

Martha Dilts & Matt (TH)
   Posted Sat March 10, 2018
Donna, what a special lady Mom was. I realize I never knew her given name was Jane, I always thought of her as Mom. I know the universe just got a huge burst of positive energy with her arrival. And if there could be any doubt of Mom's positive impact on the place she held among us, one need only to know you, and that would dispel that doubt. Holding you in my heart.xo

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