NISKAYUNA – Jeanie Haver, 61, passed away on November 23, 2010 at the St. Peter’s Hospice Inn after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. Jeanie was born in Ann Arbor, MI to the late Donald and Joyce Haver. She graduated from Scotia High School and lived in Schenectady county for most of her life. In April, Jeanie retired from her 34 year career as a computer programmer for New York State. Jeanie was a proud member of her labor union and served as a member mobilizer. She was a generous, outgoing woman with an off-beat sense of humor. Jeanie had a passion for gardening, knitting, cooking and an all-around passion for life. She was (almost) always willing to try new things, and thus had eclectic tastes in music, books and food.
Jeanie is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (Haver-Browne) Schwarz, son-in-law, Adam Schwarz, sister, Barbara Camarota, brothers, Thomas, Gregory & Wallace Haver, aunt, Phyllis LePard, beloved granddaughter, Joycelyn Schwarz, her many dearly loved friends and three nieces. Jeanie (Gigi), we love you and will carry you in our hearts always.
Calling hours will begin Saturday at 10:30a.m. at Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave, Albany, followed by a memorial service at noon. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to Target Cancer, an organization that helps to fund research for otherwise underfunded cancers. www.targetcancer.info To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
So sorry to read of the passing of Jeanie. I hope the rest of you are doing ok, and will get through this sad time in your lives.
Love you Liz, Adam and Joycelynn
I will always remember Jeanie’s laugh and how she knew something about everything ,and played a mean game of Scrabble and Up-words. She was special. She was unique. She was so full of life. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time.
We at Haver Design & Construction, Inc., in Madison, W,I wish to express our sincere condolences to the family of Jeanie Haver.
Carol & Tony Marotta
We cherish fond memories of Jeannie as we grew to adulthood through our adventures in the Stockade, on the golf course, and as the ERA Clams. Liz (and later Liz’s family) became the light in her life and heart. Jeannie created a loving home for the awesome development of Elizabeth while embracing her state career and really making a difference!
Our thoughts are with Jeannie’s entire family as we attempt to reconcile the loss of a vibrant and loving spirit.
Jeanie was a wonderful, funny woman. I will miss her at GNI parties. She was always such a big part of the fun. RIP Jeanie. Gone too soon. Linda
I was very saddened to hear of Jeanie’s death. It was only a short time ago that I was speaking to her in person or over the phone about some report at work and more recently her pending retirement. Just this Spring we were speaking at the community garden where we had adjacent plots. I am sorry she did not have more time to spend with her daughter Elizabeth’s family and my condolences to them. I will miss seeing and talking with you, Jeanie.
It’s so sad to see a young life ended. I did not know her very well but I hope the family will remember all the good times and know that they have an Angel to watch over them and that they will carry Jeannie in their hearts forever. I’m sure she will be missed by many.
On behalf of ALL the PEF Statewide offices, our condolences to her family and friends. Our prayers are with you.
I am still in shock about your mother’s death. It was so great to see her and reconnect a little in our class. She seemed so happy and light-hearted. This is just so unfair for her and for you and Joycelyn. I guess life never was meant to be particularly fair though.
I hope she did not suffer too much. And I sincerely hope you and your gorgeous daughter will be supported by family and friends through this healing process. I would love to see you and Joycelyn again sometime. Let me know if you ever need me for anything.
My condolences to Wally, Barb, Tom and Greg. Your sister was very, very special. I know she tried to look out for you all. And, Liz, your mother was one very determined, funny, loving, lady who was very proud of you. She left us all much too soon. Jeanie will be missed by all who knew her. It’s going to be hard to imagine a world that does not have Jeanie in it. While the world will be a poorer place without Jeanie, I feel richer for being lucky enough to have known her. She will always be in my heart.
Your mother and I were friends through our work many years ago at the Department of Labor. Your mother was the first to help me on a new job, the first and only person to explain why some tasks had to be done a certain way. She was also the only person to explain when I did something wrong. This was a good thing and was always done in a nice way (sometimes w/humor) with an explanation of how and why because she cared about the program and the people we served. Your mother often worked late without pay to finish her work to ensure needy people were paid benefits. As years past, we worked in different places and lost touch.
I will always remember your mother having great intregrity and would never do anything hurtful to anyone. Your mother was so proud of you from day 1. You were her greatest joy in life. When she spoke of you she always had that loving smile on her face. She always wanted you to be happy and enjoy life’s best, not material things. That’s what she would want for you now.
I am in shock that Jeanie is now gone and it is with heartfelt sorry that her family and the world is now without her. And I am sure if there are angels, Jeanie is one now…
Jeanie, I am so sorry to have not gotten to visit and say goodbye to you. Your friendship was one that I valued. You were such a genuine and caring person. And your skill at gardening was amazing! I had hoped that I could have gotten you to show me how you got so many veggies out of such a small area!!!! I know how much you wanted to finally get to spend time with your daughter and grand-daughter. Life is hardly ever fair though. Elizabeth, I can affirm everything Dolly said above in her post. Your Mom was a great person and a good friend! She loved you and your daughter so very much. You and the baby were the greatest joy in her life. She so looked forward to her time with you and Joycelyn. I was very blessed to have known your mother!