Mary Jane Sawyer

AUBURN — Mary Jane Sawyer, 82, formerly of Howard Street, Auburn, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in The Commons on Saint Anthony, Auburn.

Mary Jane was born in Auburn; she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret DeStephano Caruana. She was a graduate of Auburn Central High School. Throughout her life she was an avid reader, enjoying suspense and thriller novels. She was an active member of Auburn’s Italian American Club.

Mrs. Sawyer is survived by her wonderful and caring son, Thomas and by his equally loving and caring wife, Rebecca, of Auburn; also by her precious, beloved granddaughter, Carly Rose Sawyer; one brother, John, of California; as well as several nieces and nephews. It should be noted that Mary Jane was lucky enough to be survived by her tremendous, devoted, and helpful neighbor, Maggie O’Keefe.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Sawyer was predeceased by her husband, George “Cousin” Sawyer; as well as her son, Mark, of New York City, both of which were devastating losses to Mary Jane. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Leo and Steve Caruana.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered for Mrs. Sawyer at noon Thursday, Feb. 14, in Sacred Heart Church, Auburn. Burial will follow thereafter in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fleming, N.Y. Calling hours for Mary Jane will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cheche Funeral Home, 1778 Clark St. Road, Auburn.

Mary Jane was known around town as an impeccable dresser. She loved traveling to New York City, taking the train every few weeks to visit her wonderful son, Mark, who was involved in the fashion industry there. He would treat her to the newest trends in garments and beauty products, long before they would reach the shelves in Central New York.

To offer condolences to the family, please visit www.chechefuneralhome.com.


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