ALBANY – Janeth Louise Whittemore Eberle, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away on August 7, 2012 at the Teresian House in Albany. She was born in Lansingburgh, and moved with her family to Albany as a young child. She lived in Albany for the rest of her life, with summers spent at Burden Lake surrounded by family and friends. In addition to raising her five children, Jan devoted her life to works of charity. She loved caring for children and volunteered for many years at the Center for Disability Services. During World War II she volunteered her services with the First Fighter Command and at Brady Maternity Hospital, and bought and sold war bonds.
Jan was the daughter of the late Anna and William Whittemore, and sister of the late Ruth Trimble Randall. She was predeceased by her husband George Albert Eberle, infant son Eric, and son Stephen. Jan is survived by her children David, Paul, Marilyn, and Peter (Kristen); her grandchildren Erika (Eric) Kuepferle, Aaron (Angela) Eberle, Melanie (David) Benton, Janeth (David) Pescetelli, Joseph Eberle, and Amy (Sean) Ernye, who, with their families, will miss their wonderful Nanny. Jan is also survived by ten great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Jan’s family would like to thank the staff of Teresian House for the wonderful care they gave her during the last years of her life.
A memorial gathering will be held at Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave, Albany, on Monday, August 13th, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Jan has requested that her body be donated to Albany Medical College’s Anatomical Gift Program. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cornelia deLange Syndrome Foundation (www.CdLSusa.org), Teresian House Foundation, or the charity of one’s choice will be appreciated. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Melanie Eberle Benton
Gone but never forgotten, in my heart forever. Thank you Nanny for being such a wonderful part of my life. I love you.
Dear Pete, Jan and Family,
Our deepest sympathy. She was an amazing woman and we know she will be missed.
Gerry, Ken and Justin Danish
My sincere condolences to the entire family.
Paul, Marilyn,and Family,
I am saddened to hear about the passing of your Mother.
I remember we use to call her “Mama Cher “. She was a very nice Lady.
Judi Hewitt Terraciano
Dear Eberle Family – I’m so sadden by Jan’s passing. She was part of my Burden Lake history, & such a good friend of my mother, Blanche Griessel Hewitt. My condolences to you at this time of loss.
You will always be in my heart and on my mind, i will never forget you Nanny and i will always love you.
Jan wrote many uplifting and humorous letters to my Mom, Ellen Christensen Taylor that were saved to read and re-read. Jan had a very special gift and spirit. As we look at old photo’s we see what good times these cousins had together when Jan came to visit California. Faith comforts me knowing these two very special women are now re-united in heaven. Our condolences to the family as you grieve the loss of such a wonderful women.
Esther Taylor-Joseph, “Little Esta Betts”
What a nice lady. I only met her once, and she was very kind to me, but my father, Frank, thought the world of her. My condolences to you.
Lisa L. Amsler
Hi Marilyn. I know this is years later but I just happen upon this today. Hopefully you will see this by some unknown chance. Your Mom meant the world to me. We had a lot of phone conversations. It was comforting to know that she never missed a day for calling me at a point. She used to write me her poetry and little stories. I remember I went to visit your Mom like 4-6 times at the house with different aides back then. A lot has happened in my life since we lost contact. However I’m still in the Albany area if you would like to reach out to me. Say, “Hi” to David, Peter and Paul for me. Also I’m very sorry about Stephen as well. I have heard so many awesome things about you and your family through your Mom. She will be missed everyday. I just wanted to let you know, “if I had known I would have sent flowers.” You take good care of yourself and just know your Mom was incredible to me.