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Jane S. O'Donnell, DAR official, volunteer Sept. 20, 1926 -- Dec. 26, 2006

Jane Seymour O'Donnell of Williamsville, active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and other heritage organizations, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a long illness. She was 80.

Born in Buffalo, the former Jane Harris attended Vassar College. Mrs. O'Donnell, a homemaker and mother of five, worked for the Navy Department in the Pentagon under the chief of naval operations during the Korean War.

A member of the DAR for more than 60 years, she was a founding member of Williams Mills Chapter in Williamsville. She held office in the state DAR organization and was national chairwoman for social committees and a member of the speaker staff.

She also was state president of the National Society Colonial Dames of the 17th Century and past president of its Alice Putnam Chapter. She was a state officer of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists and National Society New England Women. She was in charge of the Margaret Corbin Day program at West Point every May for five years.

At the time of her death, she was tracing her lineage back to William the Conqueror.

Active in politics, she campaigned for presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and George W. Bush. She was a chairwoman for the Erie County Election Committee for many years.

She also was a volunteer at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetic Association, the United Way and several other organizations.

Her husband of 44 years, Neil P., a Buffalo police lieutenant who headed the Police Athletic League in Buffalo, died in 1996.

Surviving are two daughters, Pauline Krull and Jane Passerini; and three sons, Neil, John and Andrew.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul's Cathedral, 128 Pearl St.

[ANDERSON]

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