Jane Purkis Kearney

September 20, 1966 ~ September 11, 2023 (age 56) 56 Years Old


With grace and resilience, Jane Purkis Kearney, 56, peacefully departed this world on September 11th, at Overlook Medical Center, surrounded by her family and friends after living boundlessly for over 2 years with metastatic breast cancer. Jane was a living testament to the endurance of the human spirit, and she leaves behind a lasting impact on all who know her.

Born in September 1966 to Raymond and Mary Ellen Purkis Jr., Jane was raised in Union, NJ, attended St. Genevieve's School, and Union Catholic High School. She was a graduate of Mount St. Mary's University (MD). The unwavering character that Jane displayed throughout her life—which included over 25 years as a leader and mentor in healthcare marketing—earned her numerous honors and a host of loyal, lifelong friends. It was in the bustle of Hoboken, NJ, that Jane met Peter—the love of her life. After marrying in 2001, the couple moved to Madison, NJ, before settling in Westfield, NJ. Her heart’s greatest treasure became family, and Jane's love for her children—Aidan, Caitlin, and Erin—continues to expand and grow. She reveled in each of their milestones and achievements, instilling in them a wonder for this world. From the picturesque peaks of Maine to the breathtaking beauty of national parks (Yosemite and Joshua Tree were amongst their favs), to the tall trees of the Pacific Northwest, they explored life together. A legacy of epic summers on Long Beach Island—echoing with the laughter of family and weekend getaways with girlfriends—lives on.

In every area of life, Jane radiated warmth, strength, and a nurturing spirit that was constantly reaching out into the lives of others. She understood the joy of being generous with the gifts that God had given her, and after retiring, Jane put her expertise to work for charities that served the communities in which she lived. In that spirit—in lieu of flowers—Jane wished that you donate to Mary’s Place by the Sea or the scholarship fund at Mount Saint Mary’s if you feel so inspired.

Jane was predeceased by her father, Raymond Joseph Purkis Jr. and is survived by her husband and three children; her mother, Mary Ellen Purkis, of New Providence, NJ; brother, Raymond J. Purkis III, and sister-in-law, Danette, of Belle Mead, NJ; and brother, Daniel Purkis, of South Orange, NJ; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and Millie the family Lab.

A wake will be held on Friday, September 15th, at Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home, 582 Springfield Ave., Westfield, NJ from 4-8pm, with a funeral mass on Saturday, September 16th, at St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church, 1600 Rahway Ave., Westfield, NJ at 11:30am. Please join us to remember, honor, and celebrate the beautiful life of Jane Purkis Kearney.


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September 15, 2023

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home
582 Springfield Ave.
Westfield, NJ 07090

Mass of Christian Burial
September 16, 2023

11:30 AM
St. Helen's RC Church
1600 Rahway Ave
Westfield, NJ 07090


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