Jane Carol Behringer

January 13, 1957September 12, 2018
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Jane Behringer (nee O’Brien), 61, of Park Ridge, NJ, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Jane is survived by her beloved husband of 39 years, Bruce Behringer. Devoted mother of Dana Kelliher and her husband Chris of Windham, NH and son Keith and his fiancé Shannon of River Vale, NJ. Cherished grandmother of Aiden and Connor Kelliher. Dear sister of Nancy Hogan and her husband Bill, and James O’Brien and his wife Marietta. Fond daughter-in-law of Grace Behringer and sister-in-law of Susan Thompson. Survived and loved by many nieces, nephews and friends. Jane was predeceased by her parents, James and Alyce O’Brien. Jane grew up in Pearl River, NY attending St. Margaret’s Elementary School and Pearl River High School. She worked as a customer service supervisor at Prentice Hall Publishing Company before raising a family, and later worked at Interactive Marketing Group as a marketing manager. She was a very generous volunteer in the Park Ridge School System elementary and high school PTO’s, in the CCD program of Our Lady of Mercy, and as a den mother in the Park Ridge Cub Scouts. We will fondly remember her unbelievable strength and her love of family, animals, reading, travel, relaxing on the porch, and her Irish heritage. The family would like to thank her doctor, Dr. Alan Israel for his compassion and care during her 17-year battle with cancer. The family will receive guests at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ on Monday, September 17 from 7-9PM and Tuesday, September 18 from 2-4 and 7-9PM. A Memorial Mass celebrating Jane’s life and faith will be held at St. Margaret’s Church, Pearl River, NY on Wednesday, September 19 at 10AM followed by interment at Westwood Cemetery.


  • Memorial Visitation Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Memorial Visitation Tuesday, September 18, 2018
  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Committal Service Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Jim O’Brien

October 5, 2018

I’ve procrastinated writing a memorial because I didn’t want to say goodbye. But I know that I must.
Jane was a remarkable sister and friend - caring, loving, kind, wise, and strong. It was a joy to be with her discussing what was going on in our lives, our families, friends, and sharing childhood memories. There were so many happy times.
I will always miss her.
Jim (Jane’s favorite brother)

Chris Kelliher

September 26, 2018

Jane was like a second mother to me. She always had time to listen to me or tell a good story about her family.

She provided sound parenting and life advice but was never condescending. She made me feel important and smart at times I didn't feel like either.

I will never forget about her. Whenever I'm on her porch I will think of her in her rocking chair. When I'm in need of guidance I think of what Jane would say. Whenever I'm in need of encouragement I will think of what she would tell me. My children will always know and remember their Nan.

I miss her dearly. But she'll never be gone.

Colleen Kas

September 24, 2018

I remember sleeping over in the summer when Keith was a baby so that I could play with Dana and help keep her entertained. And then after Dana was asleep, sneaking down to watch TV with Aunt Jane and Uncle Bruce and eating snacks. It was so fun to feel like a grownup.
I am so lucky to have been blessed with Jane as my aunt and godmother. She always made me feel so special and loved. She will be greatly missed.

Nancy Hogan

September 24, 2018

This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Jane was kind, caring, thoughtful and so generous and I was lucky to have her in my life. No words can convey how much she meant to me. I will always be in awe of her strength and courage as she fought cancer for 17 years. Jane will be missed by so many people, but to me she was by baby sister and I will never stop loving her.

James O'Brien, Jr.

September 24, 2018

Aunt Jane, I'll forever miss your warmth and great sense of humor, and the way you always had the inside scoop on what was going on in the family and around your neighborhood––so many classic stories too numerous to list. Whether months or years would go by between visits, you always made me feel immediately welcome, and it never felt like any time had passed. So many vivid memories––from when you'd babysit me or be zipping off to concerts when you were a teen in Pearl River, to the family barbecues you'd host in Park Ridge with Uncle Bruce, to the births of Dana and Keith, to tales of all your travel adventures, and our more recent post-Christmas visits filled with great conversation (and Bailey's) and updates on Aiden and Connor! A full life lived, but I wish you were still here. I hope you're sitting round the living room having a chat (and a smoke) with Grandma, Grandpa, Nan, and Bomp.
Love, Your Nephew, Jimmy

Jamie Fuentes

September 17, 2018

Jane was an amazing aunt. She got me my first out of college job and was such an amazing support system during my time there. Even when work got tough she always had a smile on her face.

She gave the best book recommendations. There wasn’t one she suggested that I didn’t like. I’ll savor reading the last list she gave me.

She was full of love and I’m thankful for the many memories from childhood to adulthood that I have with her.

Barbara and Kevin Burns

September 17, 2018

Our condolences to the entire Behringer family.

Susan Thompson

September 17, 2018

I could not have asked for a better sister in law. Jane was one of the kindest, caring, and thoughtful people I have ever known. She always looked for the best in people and was not one to judge. I have so many wonderful memories of her such as sitting on the porch having coffee, watching our kids playing in her drive way, and all attending the Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade. Jane along with Bruce were the guardians of my children when they were young. That was a tremendous commitment and I will never forget it. Jane was so very courageous until the end. I miss her terribly and will never forget her.


Bruce Behringer

September 16, 2018

Jane was my wife, best friend and favorite travel companion. From the time we first met Oct. 9, 1976 we have been side-by-side. Jane was the strongest fighter I have ever seen during her 17-year battle with cancer and she never let it get her down.

I miss her so much...

Dave Dowsett

September 15, 2018

Jane was a great kind, caring friend. I knew her since she was eighteen years old and eventually married my best friend from high school Bruce. She will be sorely missed, but my past memories from her gracious get togethers at her beautiful home will remain at the forefront of my mind.