Jeanne L. (Rourke) Kane

  • Born: February 6, 1934
  • Died: September 8, 2017
  • Location: Stoneham, Massachusetts

Barile Funeral Home

482 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180

Tel. 781.438.2280

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jeanne L. (Rourke) Kane, 83, beloved wife of Robert D. Kane, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 8, 2017 surrounded by her family. Born in Cambridge on February 6, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Gertrude Louise (O'Reilly) Rourke.

Jeanne was raised in Medford and attended Matignon High School in Cambridge. She graduated from Merrimack College where she met her future husband, Bob. Additional graduate studies were at Boston University and Lesley College. Jeanne and Bob raised their family in Medford, where she worked as an elementary school teacher in the public schools. Jeanne enjoyed taking long drives along the ocean with Bob and her family, was an avid reader and moviegoer, and loved the company of her book club and breakfast club. Most of all, she relished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, mother-in-law and grandmother. She bravely survived breast cancer for 33 years, to our great admiration. Jeanne was committed to her faith and will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched.

In addition to her husband of 58 years, Robert, she is survived by her four children: Lauren Kane Gallagher and her husband John Gallagher, David Kane, Sheila Pandiscio and her husband Paul, and Vincent Kane and his wife Jennifer; five grandchildren: Sydney and Kyle Pandiscio, and Allison, Meghan and Dylan Kane; two sisters: Sheila Coté and her husband Warren, and Maryellen Lamoureux and her husband Donald; sister-in-law: Carole Rourke; and survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She is pre-deceased by her brother Gerald Rourke.

Friends and family are cordially invited to gather and share memories during a wake at the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main Street, Stoneham on Friday, September 15th from 4 to 8 pm.

A Memorial Mass celebrating Jeanne's Eternal Life will be held at Saint Patrick Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham, on Saturday, September 16th at 10 am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Private burial will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, immediately after the Memorial Service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Jeanne's memory to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 2000 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 205, Auburndale, MA 02466 or at

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Condolence & Memory Journal

To the Kane family, My sincere condolences for your loss. During this difficult time may you find comfort in God's loving words found at Isiah 25:8.

Posted by A friend   October 14, 2017

Dear Sheila and the entire family, Our deepest condolences for the loss of your Mom and Grandmother. Our thoughts and hearts are with you all. Much love, the Clifton-Constantino Family

Posted by Russell Clifton - Duxbury, MA - Family Friend   September 13, 2017

Mr. Kane & family

I have so many wonderful childhood memories of all us on Wyman Street. My deepest condolences to all of you.

Lisa Campbell

Posted by Lisa Campbell (Gallo) - Boston, MA   September 13, 2017

Maryellen and Sheila
So sorry for the loss of your sister Jeanne. I so remember her from many years ago when we were all in our younger days! A voracious reader and calming personality to all who knew her. Know I am thinking of you and your family during this time. We are never quite ready to lose a loved one.
Lonnie & Steve

Posted by Lonnie Haseltine - Middleton, MA - Friend   September 13, 2017

Dear Bob, Sheila, Maryellen and families,

We send our sincerest sympathies to you as we remember Jeanne from fun days in Medford, especially at the Boat Club.

You are in our prayers. May the legacy she leaves bring you comfort in the days ahead.

Bill and Shirley Sullivan
Falmouth, MA.

Posted by Shirley Sullivan - Falmouth, MA   September 13, 2017

Dear Bob, Sheila and Maryellen,

Bill and I send our sincerest sympathies to you. We remember Jeanne with fondness, having spent many days with your family in Medford, especially at the Boat Club.

May her beautiful sprit bring you peace in the days to come.

Bill and Shirley Sullivan
East Falmouth, Ma.

Posted by Shirley Sullivan    September 12, 2017


Dear Bob and family,

We are so saddened by Jean's passing. She was a remarkable woman who we will always remember for her positive outlook on life and cheery nature. She was so proud of her wonderful family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Love, Richard and Beverly and family

Posted by Richard and Beverly Nelson - North Andover, MA - Friend   September 12, 2017

Dear Uncle Bob, Lauren, David, Sheila, Vinny and families,
Please know how sorry we are for your loss. Aunt Jeanne was a gem and we will forever remember her kind heart and gentle ways. She left a wonderful legacy in you, her family.
Much love, Bob, Brenda, Michael, Matthew & Marie

Posted by Bob & Brenda Singer - Cary, NC - Family   September 11, 2017

Bob and Lauren,

I am saddened to hear of the loss of your wife and mother. Although many years have passed, I still warmly remember your family.

Jack Kurdzionak
Medford Schools 1967-81

Campton, New Hampshire

Posted by A friend   September 11, 2017

Mrs. Kane, you are at peace now and we can take comfort in that. You will be dearly missed but not forgotten and we will honor you with good memories. I wish the family my sincerest condolences and continued strength. God bless and rest in peace. Bryan

Posted by Bryan Ferrer - Wilmington, MA - Family Friend   September 11, 2017