Gertrude “Jane” Dakers, 80 years of age of East Hampton passed away Monday, May 20th at her home. Born in New Haven, November 1st 1937, she was the daughter of Gertrude Sayers (Nelson) and Andrew Michael Sayers. Jane was predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years, Donald Dakers. She leaves behind six children, Andrew Dakers of Austin, TX, Susan Joyce and husband Terry of East Hampton, CT, Lynne Dakers of East Hampton, CT, Lisa Audet and husband, Dean of Woodstock, CT, Elizabeth Havican and partner, John of Simsbury, CT and Jennifer Stroker and husband, Jon of Littleton, NH. She also leaves behind ten beloved grandchildren, Megan, Emily and Michael Audet; Ashley, Caitlyn and Jack Havican; Gillian and Liam Stroker; Wyatt Joyce and Derek Phillips. Jane graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy High School in Hartford CT, and attended Marymount University where she received an associate’s degree. During Jane’s time at Marymount, she was an active participant in the democratic party and was proud to have marched alongside John F. Kennedy in his campaign for presidency. Jane went on to raise her six children with her husband, Don in her beloved town of Madison. She was proud to be active in the community by volunteering for Girl Scouts of America and the catechism programs for St. Margaret’s Church. Jane was most proud of her children’s accomplishments, and could often be seen sporting a Georgetown Hoyas sweatshirt or UCONN t-shirt while she watched the games from her living room. Jane enjoyed cross stitching and each of her children have a sample of her work. She was an avid gardener, and always preferred a “fresh” tomato. Jane enjoyed traveling, especially with and to see her children, and was a planner before the internet, thanks to the library. Jane had an affinity for animals and saved more than a few strays in her lifetime. Living most of her adult life just a block away from Long Island Sound, Jane enjoyed her walks to the beach, although she never did learn to swim. Jane enjoyed cooking and loved trying new recipes; a favorite of all was her beef stew. Most recently, Jane had been enjoying her final years in East Hampton CT, with a stack full of library books- most biographical or political in nature-and visits from her children and grandchildren. Although Jane’s keen intellect, generosity, and straightforward nature will be missed, her legacy will live on through the countless stories of her family history that she enjoyed sharing. A Funeral Liturgy will be held Friday May 24th at 11AM in St. Patrick Church in East Hampton with a private burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hamden.
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