Longtime Summit Teacher Jane Tyler Passes Away

SUMMIT, NJ - Mary Jane Tyler (Swick), 76, of Summit passed away suddenly at her home on August 30. Tyler enjoyed a three-plus decades long career as an educator in Summit, both at the Summit Junior High School, where she taught earth sciences, and at the High School, where she taught chemistry.

A devoted mother and grandmother who loved being with her family and watching their various activities and athletic events, she enjoyed an active lifestyle and had many friends at the Summit Area YMCA, was an enthusiastic member of her tennis club, and also was also a parishioner of St. Teresa's Church.

Tyler was born on May 15, 1939 to the late Alfred and Marie (Brenn) Swick of Summit, and attended St. Theresa's school through the 8th grade. Later, she graduated from Bayley-Ellard High School in Madison, and St. Elizabeth's College in Convent Station. 

She taught a year in Alabama, another year at St. Rose of Lima School in Hanover, and then continued as an educator in the Summit School system. Tyler continued to substitute teach on occasion after her retirement in 1995.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William Louis Tyler, whom she married  at St. Vincent's church in 1962, by her children Gary Tyler, Gregory and Teresa Tyler, and Christopher and Michelle Tyler; grandchildren Lucas, Zachary, Lee, Jackson, and Jessica; siblings Fred and Eileen Swick, Dennis and Linda Swick, Gary Swick, and Marilyn Swick; her sisters-in-law Lois Duff and Linda Tyler, and many other loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother David Swick and her sister Ellen Whitaker.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Teresa's Church in Summit, on Saturday, September 12 at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad.

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