PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Jane Elizabeth Walsh Pilkenton, born with twin sister, Joan, on Dec. 27, 1934 in St. Albans, died suddenly in Port Charlotte Fla, on Feb. 13, 2016 due to an allergic reaction to chemo treatments.
She attended St. Mary’s High School, class of 1954, then Westbrook Jr. College in Hartford, Conn. She married Hester R. Pilkenton (Buddy) on April 1, 1956. She was a loving Navy wife and working mother.
She worked as a Navy Relief and Red Cross social worker and then as human resources personnel at De Paul, Chesapeake General, and Hampton General in Virginia. After residing in Virginia Beach for 20 years, she and Bud retired to Orlando, Fla. in 1987 and spent the remaining years as snowbirds with summers at the family camp on Hog Island, Vt.
Special friends and family in Florida, Virginia, and Vermont will dearly miss her. She was an avid reader and enjoyed her PEO sisterhood, playing bridge, and golf. She was a wonderful confidante and emotional supporter.
She is survived by her sister, Joan Jordan of St. Albans; husband, Bud, of 59 years; son, James Michael; daughters, Linda Seglem of Port Charlotte, Fla., Jill Snapp of St. Albans, and Ellen Taylor of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Julia (Tyson) Thomas, Stephanie and James Taylor, Vincent Coppola, and Dylan Snapp; nieces, Catherine (Bill) Arakelian; grandniece, Zoe of Portsmouth N.H. and Amy (Roger) Jordan-Block; nephew, Jimmy (Hilda) Jordan; grandniece, Gabriella, and a special first cousin, M. Emmet Walsh.
She was predeceased by her parents, Jim and Lucille Walsh and brother, John Walsh.
A life celebration will be at the home of Linda Seglem on 2/16/16 in Port Charlotte and another special service will be organized this summer on the Lake Champlain family shoreline.