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Jane Marie (Reynolds) Augustini, of Allen, Texas, died surrounded by loved ones Wednesday, July 28, 2021, after a brief illness. She was 79.

She was born Aug. 13, 1941, in Almond, New York, to parents John and Blanche Reynolds and was the youngest of seven children. She married Joseph Augustini on Aug. 19, 1960, and the two celebrated their 60th anniversary last year. Jane was a homemaker.

Throughout her life, Jane enjoyed painting with oils and acrylics and appreciated the beauty of all things “art.” She loved music of all kinds but had a soft spot for ballads from the ‘50s and ‘60s, classical piano and, of course, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. She also loved to dance and swim. Jane enjoyed reading novels, particularly gothic mysteries. In her younger years, she was known to make the best lasagna around (a recipe even her Italian mother-in-law requested) and her potato salad was a must-have at family gatherings. Jane also loved animals from an early age, and many spoiled cats, dogs and parakeets graced her lap throughout her life. (She is survived by Charlie, her remaining fur-baby chi-weenie, who misses her frequent cuddles.) Jane had a great sense of humor, a trait she shared with her late husband, and in recent months had taken to staying up late to watch “The Golden Girls” reruns on the Hallmark Channel. She loved parties and family gatherings with music, good food and laughter. Sometimes she’d participate, and other times she’d sit back with a smile and soak in all the joy around her. Just a few weeks ago, she excitedly discussed plans for her upcoming 80th birthday bash. Her must-haves? Plenty of guacamole, homemade potato salad and blackberry cobbler.

Jane was a modest person about her own talents, but when she started talking about her children and grandchildren, she bragged shamelessly. The pride she felt for each one of them was palpable. At the skilled-nursing home where she lived the past two years, she displayed all of their photos in her room, and when asked about them, she’d discuss at length their kindness, beauty, talents and accomplishments. Simply put, they were her greatest joy.

Jane is survived her daughters, Tammy (Les) Bird of LaPorte, Texas, and Gina (Kent) Best of Plano, Texas; son, Mark (Melissa) Augustini of Tennessee; eight grandchildren, Jason Currey of Wichita Falls, Texas, David (Eme) Augustini of Allen, Texas, Amber O’Brien of Wichita Falls, Texas, Jake Augustini of Charleston, S.C., Tiffany Rodriguez of LaPorte, Texas, Emily Augustini of Houston, Texas, Joseph Mark Augustini of Boise, Idaho, and Annelise Best of Plano; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her husband Joe; her parents; sisters Norma Clark and Doris Cuccia; and brothers Richard, John, Keith and Ben Reynolds.

A Celebration of Life service is set for
11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at
Preston Meadow Lutheran Church,
6801 Coit Road, in Plano, TX, 75024.

A brief graveside ceremony will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen. Masks are optional for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID, but the family requests that those who haven’t received full vaccination please wear masks.

The family welcomes flowers because Jane enjoyed them so much. Or donations may be made in Jane’s name to Faith Presbyterian Hospice of Dallas or Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County in Plano, Texas.

 

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