A funeral service for longtime Capital Region philanthropist Jane Golub will be held Tuesday at Temple Gates of Heaven Synagogue in Schenectady.
The service for the 80-year-old Golub, who died Tuesday afternoon at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after a short illness, will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Proceedings will be open to the public.
“We are heartbroken at the loss of our best friend, soulmate, wife, mother and grandmother,” said Golub’s husband Neil and daughter Mona in a joint statement. “We will forever miss her fiercely independent style, grace, good humor and love.”
The Golubs also said Jane’s impact on their lives and throughout the Capital Region community is impossible to measure.
“We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from so many in our community and beyond who have been touched by her humanity,” the statement read.
Friends have offered tributes and remembrances for the longtime Niskayuna resident, former teacher and one of the major influences in the Golub Corporation, which runs the Price Chopper/Market 32 supermarket chain.
The flags at Edwin D. Reilly Jr. Niskayuna Town Hall were lowered to half staff for the day to honor Golub’s life and civic leadership.
“My strongest memory of Jane Golub will always remain the personal connections she made,” said town Councilwoman Denise Murphy McGraw. “When she spoke to you, she looked directly in your eyes and held your hands tightly. She made you feel as if there was nothing on Earth she would rather be doing.”
Rabbi Matthew S. Cutler of Temple Gates of Heaven agreed.
“Jane had this ability, when she talked to you, there was no one more important to her in the world at that moment,” Cutler said.
He said Jane always sent cards to friends and relatives, marking milestones and holidays. “It was just to let you know she was thinking of you,” Cutler said. “That was an incredible gift she had.”
The rabbi also said many local agencies and programs succeeded because of her imprint, support and advocacy. And when people talked about Jane, Cutler said, they were also talking about Neil.
“This was a team for 55 years,” Cutler said. “This was a partnership as precious as it was indeed rare.”
Dozens of people have posted memories and offered condolences on Golub’s Facebook page.
“Jane was an amazing woman who had a large platform and used it well,” read one. “She and her husband supported many charities, always with grace and generosity.”
“Oh, how I will miss Jane Golub,” read another. “Fun, funny, strong, kind, so big-hearted, my sounding board and cheerleader. I wish I had an iota of her strength and spirit. Love you, Jane. Be at peace.”
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Niskayuna Town Supervisor Yasmine Syed offered her condolences to the Golub family.
“Our town grieves the loss of esteemed resident, Jane Golub,” Syed said in a statement. “Though Jane was a business icon, along with her husband Neil, she is most known for her tireless philanthropy and legacy of kindness.
“Jane was a champion for women’s health and the health of our community,” the statement also read. “Without her generosity, Bellevue Woman’s Center in Niskayuna would not be the leading woman’s health center that it is today.”
Syed said Golub, an avid golfer, encouraged her to take up the game.
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