Jane Marie Magnant

September 22, 1929July 12, 2021

Jane M. (Sparrow) Magnant, age 91, died peacefully on July 12, 2021. She died at her daughter’s home, surrounded by her children, Stephen Magnant, Carol Magnant, and Ellen and Mario Pimentel. Jane was the widow of Romeo J. B. Magnant. Born in New Bedford, Jane was the daughter of the late Dominic and Jane (Foley) Sparrow. Jane graduated from Holy Family High School, Class of 1947 and St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, graduating as a Registered Nurse. Over the years, Jane worked as an R.N. , eventually retiring from the Department of Public Health where she supervised inspections and certifications of hospitals and nursing homes.

Jane and Romy retired at the young age of 55 at which time they became “snowbirds” , wintering at their home in Sarasota, FL. Jane lovingly cared for Romy until his death in 2002. Following his death, Jane spent many years volunteering at Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota providing companionship and comfort to those in Hospice care. She also made sure the families visiting patients had a home-baked sweet waiting for them. Jane is also survived by her grandson 1SG Aaron Vitone, U.S. Army, his wife Chelsea and their sons, Benjamin and William of Colorado Springs, CO; Andrew Vitone; Greg Pimentel and his wife, Heather, and their children, Cooper and Rhea, of Dartmouth, MA, and her namesake, Jane Pimentel of Wilton, CT. She is also survived by her Godchild, Patt Champagne, with whom she shared a special bond; several other nieces and nephews, and her daughter, Catherine Magnant and her children. Jane was the last of the “Sparrow girls” having been predeceased by her sisters Dorothy Hahn, Sr. Theresa Sparrow and Patricia Champagne. She is also predeceased by her brother Augustine. A funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Julie Billiart Church, 494 Slocum Road, Dartmouth, MA on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 11:00 AM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Meeting Street/Schwartz Center, One Posa Place, Dartmouth, MA 02747 ( or Tidewell Foundation, 5955 Rand Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34238 (


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Kathleen Burleson

July 23, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Jane's passing, and my heart goes out to her family.
Jane welcomed me to Southwinds from the very beginning. She was the epitome of a good neighbor, and always made me feel welcome.
As I think of Jane, I see her lovely smile, that special laugh, her helpful nature, ladylike grace, compassion, and friendliness. Jane will be dearly missed, and I'm grateful to have known her.
Deepest condolences to Carol and Ellen and to all of her family.

Doris. & Jack OLeary

July 23, 2021

Jane and Romy rented in SouthwInds during the 1996--97 season. From
That time on once you had met them you would never forget them.
They were wonderful people. Now she is with Romy and the two of them
Will be in our hearts forever.

Sharon Rose

July 23, 2021

My dear friend I will miss our talks and laughs. I guess I will need to donate my quarters as my card shark is not around to take my quarters. You will always be in my heart. ❤️

Linda and Ed Bartek

July 22, 2021

Jane was a truly wonderful lady. She always had a smile on her face. She was a pillar in our Southwinds Community. She will be missed. Our sincere condolences go out to the family. I hope Ellen and Carol continue to enjoy the Community.

Susan McConnell

July 22, 2021

For the short time that I knew Jane, I will always remember her as a very kind and lovely woman with a great sense of humor. My deepest sympathies to all the family for your loss.

Linda and Dave King

July 22, 2021

Jane was a very special woman. Always having happy thoughts. She will be missed at Southwinds. Hopefully her daughters will enjoy it as much as she did.

Marilyn Spinazzola (Smith)

July 22, 2021

I will always think of Jane with a smile. She was a gentle soul who had a positive outlook. I met Jane at Southwinds as a snowbird. Jane loved her bingo nights and could always be counted on to help out when needed.
Her presence will be missed. My condolences to the family.

Patt Champagne

July 22, 2021

My dear OJ. Such a bright shinning star in our lives. Our hearts are broken with her passing. The pain of this loss will be healed by the joy of so many sweet memories that will stay with us forever. Rest in peace OJ.

david blanchette

July 22, 2021

I will be forever grateful to Aunt Jane for her Love and Inspiration. Aunt Jane had a very keen sense of recognizing and acknowledging our struggles. More importantly, she knew what to say and provide guidance to ease our burden. She was very special indeed. My heart goes out to the Magnant Family for their Loss.

Carol Proteau

July 22, 2021

Jane, I miss you. You greeted me each morning, in front of my mobile , on your daily walk. You and Marge and Shirley, and Sue. You were the most dedicated walker.
Always letting me know how far you had walked, and increasing your distance. On days, when the legs were not as strong, you would shorten the route, but still walked. I so admire you.
A true lady. A great friend. I love you.💕🙏