MERIDEN --Jane Dibble Tracy, 86, passed away at her home on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003. Born Nov. 9, 1916, daughter of the late Lillie Clarke Kneringer and Lewis Acker Dibble, she grew up in Naugatuck. She was one of five children. Jane graduated from Saint Margaret's School in 1935. She graduated from Smith College in 1939 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received a degree in library science from Pratt Institute in 1940. She was employed by the New York and Greenwich Public Libraries. Jane married William M. Tracy in 1941 and they have resided in Meriden since 1949. Jane was a longtime volunteer with the Well Child Clinic and the visitation program of the Visiting Nurses Association of Meriden. She was an active member of the First Congregational Church. She is survived by her husband and three sons, William M. Tracy, Jr. of Standish, Maine, Davis C. Tracy of Garnders, PA, and Thomas N. Tracy of Portland, Maine and their wives; three grandsons; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson. She is also survived by her sister, Doris Dibble Schenk of Southbury; and her brother, John D. Dibble of Middlebury. Jane was preceded in death by her brother and sister, Lewis A. Dibble, Jr. and Nancy Dibble Heyniger. A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St., Meriden, CT 06451, on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the First Congregational Church or the Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care Program, 269 Finch Ave., Meriden, CT 06451. Arrangements are with Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden.

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  1. Bill, I am away on extended business travel and have received word of Jane’s passing. Please accept my warmest regards and deepest sympathy. I’ll never forget the warm smile, the friendly words, and the good times before the city council meetings, when her concern was that I had come directly from work without eating–so she brought me some food. I wish I could be there Saturday to express my condolences personally to you and your family, but it’s just not possible. Please know I feel our community has lost a wonderful, giving person in Jane.

  2. BILL, JANE WAS AND IS A TRUE LADY. WE FEEL VERY VERY LUCKY TO HAVE KNOWN HER. SHE MADE THE BEST EGG SALAD SANDWICHES I EVER HAD.

  3. Bill, we were shocked to hear of Jane’s passing. We do remember all the fun times together, whether at Republican functions or small gatherings at your warm and loving home. You and your family are in our prayers. Carol & Jim Neckermann

  4. Dear Mr. T, Bill, Dave and Tom: Carol and I just received the notice of Mrs. Tracy’s death. We are both praying that the pain of your loss will soon give way to the comfort of your memories. Since growing up .across the field. so may years ago, I have always used the Tracy household as a benchmark for hospitality, civility, conversation, honesty and tolerance. I think I always knew the source of those qualities. I now know how fortunate I was to know her. God bless you all. -Pete

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