Jane Anne (Brown) Rabinowitz of Chester, N.Y., dies at age 95


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Jane Anne (Brown) Rabinowitz of Chester, N.Y., died peacefully at home in Chester on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was 95.

Jane was born in Chicago to Elmer Oliver “Guy” Brown and Helen May “Nellie” (Skillen) Brown. She spent her childhood in Los Angeles, where her father was an engineer for Bell Labs. She grew up spending time on the sound stages of early Hollywood.

She attended Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois. In 1942 she left for New York City to work as a short wave broadcast technician at the Office of War Information. It was there that she met her husband, composer “Binny” Irving Robbin/Rabinowitz, who died in 2010 after 69 years of marriage. After the war, she and Binny worked together in the 1940s and 1950s in radio and early television, writing scripts for shows such as “Tales of Tomorrow.”

She was a professional photographer and journalist for 20 years, and became a Senior Public Information Specialist for the Ramapo School District in New Jersey. She developed a radio show called “Chalk Talk” to promote systemwide events. In later years, she and Binny traveled extensively where he conducted his compositions, which were performed in symphony halls around the world. They spent four summers in Siena, Italy, affiliated with the music program at the University of Siena.

Jane was a founding member of the board of Encore, an elder education program administered through Orange County Community College in Middletown. She was a long time member and board member of the Chester Historical Society and the Friends of the Chester Public Library.

She leaves two beloved children, her daughter Anne Cruz and husband, Louis, of Gordonville, Pa., and her son, Captain Mark Robinson and wife, Jacklyn, of Gurnet, Massachusetts. She cherished her five grandchildren, Mindy and husband, Donald, Crawford, and daughter, Sydney, of East Quogue, N.Y.; Tony and wife, Mary Lea, and sons Richard James (“RJ”), and Brendan of Cherry Hill, N.J.; Lisa Lea and fiancé, Drew Miville, son Lane and fiancée, Crista, and their daughter, Aurora, and daughter Piper Jane of Green Lane, Pa.; Rebecca and wife, Susan Featenby, and son Shane and daughter Catherine of Macungie, Pa.; and Brett Robinson of Gurnet, Massachusetts.

Visitation was held Dec. 21 at Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers, Monroe, N.Y., followed by a memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.



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