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Oct. 16, 1931 - Sept. 10, 2012
Jane W. Sweet, a teacher and civic-minded member of the Clarence community, died Monday in her Clarence home. She was 80.
Born Jane Williams in Buffalo, she graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School. She went on to earn both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Buffalo, where she later served as both an assistant professor and chairwoman of the women's physical education department. She also taught briefly in the Newfane Central School District during the 1960s.
Mrs. Sweet served on the Clarence School Board throughout the 1980s and 1990s and also was a trustee on the board of the Clarence Public Library. She was a trustee of the building committee at First Presbyterian Church of Clarence, where she also served a deacon.
For several years, Mrs. Sweet was a board member of the Eleanor & Wilson Greatbatch Foundation. She was a founding member of Clarence Outspokin' Bicycle Group.
Mrs. Sweet was a 1993 recipient of the Diana R. Miller Award for outstanding service to the Erie County Association of School Boards. In 1996, she was honored as the town's Citizen of the Year.
She received the New York State School Boards Association Service Award in 1999 and was honored with a place on the Clarence Central Schools "Wall of Fame" in 2005.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, David L., and three daughters, Susan C. Trottman, Laura A. Raft and Kathleen M.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St., Clarence.