Jane P. D. Thompson – Charlotte

Jane P. D. Thompson, of Charlotte, died on April 19, 2012, of complications from routine surgery. Janie was born a twin, with James A. Pearo, on April 18, 1947, to their parents George and Mary Ann Pearo. Janie graduated from Bellows Falls High School in 1965 and started working as a legal secretary two days later in Burlington. She was a legal assistant in Burlington with the firm Latham, Eastman, Schweyer & Tetzlaff for 36 years, and with other firms including Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, Gravel & Shea and Heilmann, Ekman & Associates. She aspired to be the oldest full-time working legal assistant in Burlington. Not sure if she made it. She was the lead singer with various country and western groups in Chittenden County. She was co-leader of the Midnight Riders 4-H Club, the Chittenden County Director for the Vermont Horse Council and a member of the Lucky Trail Riders. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and love of horses. They don’t make them like Janie any more. Janie is survived by her children, Peter and Monica Dowd of Louisville, Ky., Kate and Robert Owens of Palm Bay, Fla., and Sarah Thompson of Charlotte; twin brother, James and his wife, Deborah Pearo, of Isle La Motte; sister, Mary Margaret Thurston of Williston; nephews, Kevin Pearo, and Thomas Pearo; niece, Jennifer Pearo; and her loving pets, her Arabian mare, VTs Jaliil Hisaan (aka Jolly), and her black lab, Jack. She also leaves behind her special friends, Joanne and Red Muir, Melinda Marshall, Kathy Giroux, Kara Griswold, Margaret Roddy, Wayne Hobbs, Catherine Fitzgerald, Zebulan Martin, Sarah Larson, Shannon Warden, and all of the “Breakfast Club” in Shelburne. There will be visiting hours at Corbin & Palmer Funeral Chapel, 209 Falls Road, Shelburne, on Sunday, April 22, 2012, from 3 to 6 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. Jude’s Catholic Church on Monday, April 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Vermont Horse Council, c/o Terry Rose, 146 Bent Hill Road, Braintree, VT 05060.

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