Jane Elizabeth Bent Putman, 93, of Sackets Harbor, died Sunday, October 9, 2011 at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, where she had been a patient for two weeks.
She was born January 12, 1918 at home on the family farm on the Poagland Road in the town of Antwerp, the daughter of Lynn Roy Bent and Helen Sophia Sterling Bent. She was a direct descendant of Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony and a descendant of Daniel and Mary Bradford Sterling, pioneer settlers in the Antwerp area.
Jane grew up in Antwerp. She graduated from Antwerp High School in 1935 and graduated from the three-year teacher-training program at Potsdam Normal School, where she was a member of Phi Kappa Gamma sorority, in 1938. She later attended Potsdam State College, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1944 and a master’s degree in elementary education in 1963.
She began her teaching career in one-room rural schools at Brown’s Bridge in Hannawa Falls and Halls Corners in Philadelphia. She then moved to Sag Harbor on Long Island, where she taught kindergarten and first grade for several years in the late 1940s. Returning to the North Country, Jane was an elementary school teacher at Antwerp Elementary in the Indian River School District for many years before becoming a reading teacher for Jefferson-Lewis County BOCES. She also taught 5th grade at Natural Bridge Elementary in the Carthage Central School District before her retirement in 1973.
Jane was a co-founder of the North Country Reading Council, founded in 1965. In addition to being a charter member of the group, she served as president of the Council. She was a past member of the Antwerp First Congregational Church and the Saturday Club in Antwerp. She was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association.
She married Donald Charles Putman of Philadelphia, New York on January 26, 1946, in Hempstead, Long Island. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Frank M. Kerr, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Hempstead. The couple was divorced in 1974.
Jane is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dana and Marilyn Putman; her grandson, Aaron Putman, all of Gouverneur; three nieces, Lynn Bent of Portola Valley, California, Deborah Bent Watson of Media, Pennsylvania, and Martha Bent of West Chester, Pennsylvania; and one nephew, Roy Hartwell Bent III of Rochester.
Her brother, Roy Hartwell Bent II, died March 21, 1973.
Arrangements are with Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur. There will be no calling hours. A private graveside service will be conducted by Rev. Gail R. Parsons at Hillside Cemetery in Antwerp at a later date.
Donations may be made to Hay Memorial Library, 105 South Broad Street, Sackets Harbor, New York 13685 or the North Country Library System, 22022 County Route 190, P.O. Box 99, Watertown, New York 13601.