Mary Jane Foster

Obituary for Mary Jane Foster

January 16, 1939 - October 6, 2018
Milford, New Hampshire | Age 79


Mary Jane (Cavanaugh) Foster, 79 of Milford, NH, died peacefully October 6, 2018 surrounded by family and friends. Jane was a very devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and auntie.

She was best known by family and friends for her love of flower gardening and feeding wild birds. Her specialty was scratch-made chocolate cream pies and Spritz cookies that she baked and delivered for special occasions and holidays. She also loved decorating her home and her front door was open to everyone. Jane was much loved by family, friends, and neighbors including the medical professionals and staff that cared for her during a long illness.

Born in Falmouth, ME on January 16, 1939, Mary Jane was the daughter of the late John F. and Corinne (LeVasseur) Cavanaugh.
Members of her family include four children: daughter Julie Willett and her husband James of Pepperell, MA, daughter Linda Hutchinson and her husband Mark of Hollis, NH, and a son Edward Szalanski and his partner Claire Parrino of Hooksett, NH; her brother, John Cavanaugh of Nashua, NH and sister Janet Morton, of Matthews, NC . Jane was blessed with eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by four step-children and their families.

In addition to her parents, Jane was predeceased by her husband Richard C. Foster who passed in 2016, daughter Sharon (Szalanski) Dwane who passed in 2013; twin brother William Cavanaugh and sister Susan VanLonkhuyzen.

In honor of her wishes, no formal services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society and or Donations can be made to Colon Cancer

The Cremation Society of NH is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, leave a message of condolence, or for more information please go to

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