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Jayne Aquilino Wilkinson, 62

Calling hours are at the Oelker-Cox & Sinatra Funeral Home in Mt. Kisco on Sunday.

Jayne Aquilino Wilkinson, a longtime employee of the Bedford Central School District Fox Lane High School's most inspirational teacher, died Wednesday at the age of 62.

Wilkinson also served as fire commissioner for the since 2009 and was part of a family of three generations of firefighters. She is the daughter of the late Pat Aquilino and Nick Aquilino, who was a long time member of the fire department and past commissioner. Her siblings Paul, and Joanne are also long time members and are both past chiefs.  Her nephew Pete is currently assistant chief and her niece Sarah is a firefighter.

"She was inquisitive and hard-working, and known for her fair-minded and collaborative style," said Pete Lazaro, assistant chief. "She continually sought to make the Bedford Fire Department better. Jayne will be missed."

Her obituary on the Oekler & Cox Funeral Home website says that "Jayne was full of life, love and laughter. She was an amazing friend to many."

Joel Adelberg, principal at , agrees.

"The loss of Jayne is a huge one for us," he said of Wilkinson, who worked in the school library. "She was one of the warmest, most welcoming, and most upbeat individuals at Fox Lane. Students and staff found their way to Jayne. All types of students trusted her, opened up to her, and just liked being in her presence," he said.

This spring, Wilkinson was selected by the senior class as the faculty member of the year.

During his graduation speech, faculty member Jerry Ludwig told the story of how graduating senior Robbie Shilstone was so inspired by her he painted a portrait of her as his legacy project for the school, which will be hung in the library in her honor.

"She showed amazing courage during her battle with cancer and will be deeply missed and remembered warmly by all of us," said Adelberg.

Drew Patrick, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said Wilkinson exemplified the kind of person you'd want to be working in a school.

"If you walked in the library, you just knew she'd take care of you, said Patrick. "She exuded warmth and friendliness."

Wilkinson was born in Mt. Kisco and was a lifelong native of Northern Westchester. She died at her home in Bedford.

Calling hours will be held this Sunday from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the in Mount Kisco.

A Memorial Service will be Monday at 3 p.m. at the , Village Green, Bedford.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to Hospice Care of Westchester and Putnam or the ASPCA of Westchester.

If you would like to leave a comment remembering Jayne Aquilino Wilkinson, please do so below.

Marco Castellanos July 12, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Great person who would always greet you with a warm smile and always with a "hello dear, how are you?" not only will the class of 2012 miss her but as well as the entire fox lane community! she was truly one of those persons that were always available to you whenever you needed help in getting to class or just simply talking about how your day went. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
DARYL ANN DIEKMAN July 13, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Jayne was childhood friend. We met at St. Patricks and w erewere friends at Fox Lane, She always made me laugh. We worked on many projects fashion shows dances etc.We went to Fox Lane. together. We spent many sleep over and laughed most of the night.I will always have a spot in my hreart for Jayne. My thoughts go out to her family. God bless you all. Rest sweet Jayne
Erica Rawiszer July 13, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I didn't know mrs. Wilkinson as well as I would have liked to however, she was in fact an amazing person. There wasn't a day that went by that she had shown any kind or remorse or sadness while around fox lane. She is truly an inspiration to everyone.
Marie July 16, 2012 at 06:39 PM
My children attended Fox Lane and I knew she would always greet them with a smile and cheer. I loved the insight and stories of the school life my child had. Being a Mother of 'teenagers/young adults' is difficult and she would always assure me things will be OK. She saw the good in people, was always so positive and willing to help. I loved her for that. She will be greatly missed.
Lisa Buchman (Editor) July 16, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Thanks for your comments. I met a couple in Bedford today who traveled from Western Massachusetts to attend today's funeral services. They said she was the kind of person they would drop everything for.
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We miss you, Jayne.

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