Jane McManus, 83, of Denver, Colo. and formerly of Ridgefield, died peacefully, April 7, with her sons by her side, after a long bout of Alzheimer’s. She was born November 14, 1929, in Utica, N.Y. For the last nine years Mrs. McManus lived with her son Christian, who provided her with full-time loving care.
Her children, Paul McManus, and his wife Tracey, of Newtown, and Brian, Christian, and Mark McManus of Highlands Ranch, Colo., survive Mrs McManus. She also leaves her six grandchildren. Her husband of 47 years, Jack McManus, predeceased her, August 21, 2006.
Mrs McManus grew up on a farm and always had a love for animals, nature, and the outdoors. Upon graduating high school she worked for AT&T as a switchboard operator, where she met her husband, a salesman for IBM. They raised their family in Ridgefield. They loved to entertain and their themed parties were the hit of the town.
Mrs McManus was very active in the Ridgefield Newcomer’s Club, Garden Club, played bridge, and had a love for birdwatching, walks, and golf. Mrs McManus spent many years working for the Ridgefield Union Trust Bank where she worked her way from drive-up window teller to a senior bank executive.
She was considered a living saint by many who knew her, for her patience and love in raising her four boys. Her four boys meant everything to her; so much so, she picked up the boys’ passion for baseball. Mrs McManus was a major New York Yankees, Joe Torre, and Derek Jeter fan.
Mrs McManus was known by all as a “really good person — could never say an unkind word.” The family found her to be a perfect model for her children, grandchildren, and community. Friends and family will surely miss her.
Services will be held in Highlands Ranch, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, at www.alz.org, in memory of Jane McManus.