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Jane Sofia Rood

Mrs. Jane Sofia Rood, 98, of Rockton Plaza Apartments, passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon, July 24, 2020, at Faxton/St. Luke’s Healthcare, New Hartford.

Jane was born on September 17, 1921, in Poland daughter of the late Stanislaw K. and Sofia Krawczyk, and educated in Amsterdam, NY. Jane learned how to fly planes at Marcy Airport and taught Bob Nellis whom she married in 1946. She knew how to fly even before she could drive. Together they owned Nellis Airport in Fort Plain, NY. Jane was very proud of teaching Ray Gould, who later became a captain for Eastern Airlines. In 1983, she married Wes Rood and together they lived in Huntersville, NC for 11 years, until his passing. Jane worked for a greenhouse while residing in North Carolina. She was last employed as assistant activity director for Palatine Nursing Home.

Jane enjoyed spending time with her daughter Leslie and son in law Marty and her cherished grandchildren. She enjoyed shopping and going to craft fairs along with cooking, crocheting, and knitting. Jane loved to bake and made the best pies. She was of the Catholic faith and a communicant of Holy Family Parish, Little Falls.

Survivors include her daughter Leslie LaCourse and husband Marty of Little Falls; grandchildren, Michael and Katie LaCourse of Paducah, Kentucky and Jennifer LaCourse and companion Tim Morgan of Saratoga and Kelsey LaCourse and companion, John Craig of Little Falls, Nick LaCourse and companion, Rosalie Savarese of Syracuse; stepchildren, Lori Miller of NC and Linda Rood of PA; nieces, Donna Chapman, Kathy Getman, and Allen Bellinger, two nephews, Henry Gondarowski and Hank Dziedzic; sister in law, Grace Bellinger and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Julia Gondarowski and Anna Dziedzic and by a nephew, Stan Dziedzic and wife Joan.

Memorial contributions can be offered to Valley Health Services, 690 W. German St., Herkimer, NY 13350, who took wonderful care of Jane and her family. Thank you to the caring staff at Faxton/St. Luke’s Healthcare, New Hartford for the care offered during her brief stay.

Jane and her family’s care has been placed in the trust of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (corner of Bidelman Road), Little Falls, 315-508-5131. Traditional funeral services with a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family Parish, corner of E. Main and John Sts., Little Falls the Rev. Brian Slezak, pastor officiating, will commence at 9 am on Friday, July 31, 2020. A procession will follow to St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Amsterdam where she will be laid to rest with her husband. Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, Little Falls on Friday morning, from 8:00-8:30 am. COVID-19 precautions and procedures will be observed. We kindly ask you to wear a mask and social distancing will be observed.

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