Jane Smallwood

Jane Smallwood

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GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – The employees and readers who make the Galloway Township Public Library a choice for a good read lost a family member this week.

Branch manager Jane Stanwood, 44, of Galloway, died Sunday, Oct. 1 after suffering a sudden and brief illness.

“There are many more things I could mention than just a couple of nice things,” Atlantic County Library Director Gair Helfrich said.

Stanwood was born on Jan. 22, 1973 in Ventnor and graduated in 1991 from Holy Spirit High School in Absecon.

Stanwood worked her entire career in the Atlantic County Library System, where she began at 16.

“She started as a page,” Helfrich said. “She shelved books for us through her high school years.”

Stanwood studied accounting at Stockton University when one day she asked, “why am I doing this?” Helfrich said.

She transferred to Rowan University to get her librarian’s degree instead.

While working for the Atlantic County Library, Stanwood held eight positions, going from a page to a branch manager.

“I will always think of her smile,” Helfrich said.

When she took over the Galloway Township library four years ago, Stanwood had a vision of how she wanted to improve the library, Helfrich said. She shared it with all of employees.

“She did it,” Helfrich said. “The library is thriving.”

Stanwood was a devoted wife to her husband, Hap, and mother to their three children, William, Matt and Laura.

She is also survived by her parents, Hank and Agnes d'Hedouville of Margate; a brother, Henry, and a sister-in-law, JoAnne, of Egg Harbor Township; mother-in-law and father-in-law, William and Kristine Stanwood of Ocean City; sister-in law and brother-in-law, Lynne and Scott Leadbeater of Pitman; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation was held Friday, Oct. 6 and followed with a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Church of the Assumption, 146 S. Pitney Road, Galloway.

For condolences, go to wimbergfuneralhome.com.

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