Jan. 21, 1942- March 16, 2023
Passed March 16, 2023 Born Jan. 21, 1942 in Rochester, NY to Harold and Marjorie Neun.
She graduated from West Irondequoit High School and Eastman Dental School. She cleaned teeth for over 30 years. She always noticed the teeth of others. Yes, my mom checked out yours.
Jan married the love of her life, John Hecker, on March 30, 1963 in Rochester, NY. They lived in Charleston, SC for several years while John served in the US Air Force. She was not a fan of the hurricanes, bugs, snakes and heat so she was very happy when they moved back to New York.
Her son, Kenneth, is a Mason and is involved in many volunteer activities. Look for him driving a mini car in a parade near you this summer. Her daughter, Lisa, works in the HR Department at Fed Ex Ground in Farmington, NY.
She absolutely adored her grandchildren. She retired so she could be able to take Zack to preschool twice a week. In fact, my parents bought a mini-van when Zack was born. She attended as many school and sporting events as possible. She loved to bake with Kyle and joke around with Zack. She would always tell Zack she was 30, but Zack quickly figured out that wasn’t the case.
She belonged to the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fairport, NY. She always sat in the same spot in the back of the sanctuary with her rowdy group of friends. The stained glass in the back of the sanctuary and above one of the doors was made by her husband, John.
She loved chocolate, especially Andy’s Candy. She would always have a jar of candy on the kitchen counter. Some of her favorite restaurants were Timothy Patrick’s and Jeremiah’s. When we went to Timothy Patrick’s (or TP’s as we called it), we would always order the same thing- Medium Buffalo Wings and their Potato Skins. No menu needed. We also frequented Jeremiah’s on a regular basis. She usually ordered the Rueben. Growing up, we were not allowed to have anything with spaghetti sauce. She hated the smell. On a very rare occasion, when she was going to one of her continuing education classes, and we would open the windows wide, we could have spaghetti.
She volunteered on the Perinton Food Shelf for over 20 years. She also volunteered in the fiction room at the Corner Bookstore. The Corner Bookstore sells donated books, with the proceeds going to the Fairport Public Library. She enjoyed reading and gardening. Her house was always immaculate and beautifully decorated, including many strawberry decorations.
Every fall my parents would go to Freeport, Maine and go to the Flag Ship LL Bean store. They also went to the outlets there and in Kittery, Maine. When our Dad passed, Jan and Lisa decided to continue the tradition. They always had a lot of adventures on that trip – such as not being able to get the gas door to open, crossing three lanes of traffic so not to miss Stonewall Kitchen and panicking when they didn’t think they would be able to watch the Bills game while there. She was an avid Bills fan and they couldn’t miss the game, even if they were in Maine.
Her family thanks you for being a special part of our Mom’s life. We appreciate all of the support you have shown us.
Donations in her memory can be made to the Friends of Fairport Public Library 1 Fairport Village Landing, Fairport, NY 14450.
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