Jane Treichler Howard-Johnson
July 22, 1959 – July 25, 2019
Jane Treichler Howard-Johnson passed away at Stamford Hospital on the morning of July 25, 2019. She had just celebrated her 60th birthday, surrounded by those most important to her. Jane was born on July 22nd, 1959 in Cedar Grove, NJ to Glen DeForest Treichler and Elizabeth Burke Treichler. She was a 34-year resident of Stamford.
She met her husband, Peter (60), at Bucknell University, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Following graduation, they married and embarked on a 35-year adventure, full of love, friendships, and deep family ties. Jane loved to entertain but also looked forward to Sunday brunches and evening celebrations at Burning Tree Country Club, where she was actively involved in children’s programs and the summer camp.
Jane and her family spent much of their time enjoying lazy Summer afternoons at The Beach Club in Centerville, MA and Winter weekends at Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, VT. Some of her closest friends will remember Jane as somewhat of a dog whisperer; she had a fondness for yellow labs and devoted hours to thoughtful training.
Jane’s greatest source of pride and joy in life was motherhood and her children. Mike (29) followed his parents’ footsteps and married his own Bucknell sweetheart, Heather (28) in 2017. Mike and Heather now reside in Boston. Andrew (27) is also a Bucknell graduate and currently lives in Chicago, working in commercial real estate. Her youngest, Casey (25), yet another Bucknell graduate, lives in Stamford and works in sports marketing. Jane’s children reflect the warmth and kindness that were so much a part of who she was.
Jane demonstrated great courage, dignity, and grace during her battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). Her love of life and strength of character were inspirational and overshadowed the effects of the disease.
In addition to her husband and children, Jane is survived by her father, Glen, sister Susan, brother Peter and their associated families. And, of course, her yellow lab, Charlie.
Calling hours will take place from 4 – 8pm on Monday, July 29th at Leo P. Gallagher & Sons’ Funeral Home (2900 Summer St. Stamford, CT). A funeral mass will take place on Tuesday, July 30th at 10:30am at St. Leo’s Parish (24 Roxbury Rd. Stamford, CT)
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jane’s memory to the Stamford Hospital Foundation (www.stamfordhospitalfoundation.org/foundation/donate/)
- Memorial Service Monday, July 29, 2019
- Memorial Mass Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Jane Treichler Howard-Johnson
July 26, 2019
More than just neighbors, we have been friends with Jane and Peter for 22 years. We moved to the house next door and somehow, we immediately connected. Jane was a warm, kind, gracious, energetic person and an incredible athlete. Not only a golfer and softball player, but she would regularly pack up the bags each winter weekend, with family and dogs in tow, to ski in Vermont. It makes me smile when I remember her popping over to borrow some eggs or an ingredient for a recipe. Why drive to the store when it was a great reason for a quick catch up or a cup of coffee?
We would compare kitchen design notes, as we were both renovating about the same time. Our decorative tastes were very similar and sometimes I would come by just to pick her brain and get ideas. Our two boys, Rob and Doug grew up with Michael, Andrew and Casey. I knew all would be OK when they'd race out the door to play at the HoJo's. I have such fond memories of those years on Ridge Brook Drive.
Jane was always there for her family and she was so proud of the kids. She was one of the most courageous people I ever knew, battling MSA. She was determined to live her life to the fullest in spite of the brutally, overwhelming challenges. We are so very saddened by her passing and we will miss her dearly. Our prayers and thoughts are with Peter, Michael, Andrew and Casey.
(Betsy, Pete, Rob and Doug)
July 25, 2019
“I’m so sorry for your loss.” A knee jerk reaction most of us probably had upon hearing the sad news of Jane’s passing. There will be those who say she lost her battle with Parkinson’s, but I don’t believe she ever lost at anything. She was a fighter who waited until she knew her family would be all right before she lay down to rest.
I met Jane at Bucknell in the fall of 1977. I was pursuing, rather unsuccessfully, her freshman roommate. Often I would sit outside their door waiting for the roommate to return. Jane took pity on me, the lovesick puppydog, and would tell me she didn’t know when the roomie would be back but I was welcome to come in and wait. Eventually I got the message that her roommate wasn’t interested, but I had gained a friend in Jane. Later, when she met and fell in love with my brother Hojo, that friendship grew. At our 25th reunion in 2006, Jane spoke of her belief that the class of ‘81 shared bonds and a love for each other unlike any other class. I agreed with her, call it luck, fate, Karma or the perfect alignment of the planets that brought us all together at the right place at the right time. Jane was a very special person, most dear and I am forever grateful that I was able to share the road with her on our journey through this life. To Peter, Mike,Andrew, Casey and all her friends and family, I’m sorry for “Our” loss.
Love you Janie and miss you terribly. Vaya Con Dios.