Jane C. Plummer passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 13, 2017 after a feisty struggle with the aging process.
Jane was born in Lewiston, Idaho on December 26, 1922 to the now deceased Frank and Katherine (Liebert) Phillips. After graduating from De Sales Roman Catholic High School in Walla Walla, Washington in 1940, she studied at Walla Walla Business College. She was then employed as a secretary in an insurance office before attending Seattle University. In 1947, Jane married Julian T. Costello, a Corning, New York native who partnered in a successful local law practice with his father, the late Attorney W. Earle Costello. After Julian's death in 1971, she worked for several years as an administrative assistant for the United Way of Corning. Jane was married to William A. Plummer, a now retired research scientist for Corning Incorporated, in 1978.
Her family and her many friends will remember Jane for her love of entertaining and good food, playing bridge and other card games, music, dancing, reading and watching old movies. She and Bill were also world travelers, visiting 24 countries and many areas of the US during their nearly 40 years together. Jane is known as well for her volunteer work, which began as a young homemaker when she sewed puppets for juvenile Corning Hospital patients, and continued on into her later years, when she volunteered at the Rockwell-Corning Museum and as a tax counselor for the elderly.
Jane is survived by her husband William Plummer; her children Tia Scully (Dan), Beth Monahan (Roy-deceased), Joan Costello, Richard Costello (Diane), David Plummer Linden and Rob Plummer; She also leaves five grandchildren, Kristie, Craig (Heather), Andy, Emmett and Ryan Costello; five step-grandchildren, Alex, Joseph, Thomas, Benjamin and Nathan Linden; one great grandchild, Chloe Costello; and her sister Louise Lentz (Howard) of Walla Walla, Washington. She was predeceased by her son Michael Costello (Connie), and her sisters Virginia Phillips and Mary Swanson.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 18 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Plummer residence at 10 Fox Lane East in Painted Post. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, May19 at 9:30 AM at St. Mary's Church in Corning. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southeast Steuben County Library.