Jane Webster Mansuy, 61, school administrator

Jane W. Mansuy
Jane W. Mansuy
Posted: March 11, 2013

Jane Webster Mansuy, 61, of Worcester, Montgomery County, who worked in public education for 40 years, died Saturday, March 2, of breast cancer 36 hours after arriving at Meadowood Retirement Community for rehabilitation.

Mrs. Mansuy (pronounced Man-SAY) was diagnosed in September 2010 with an unspecified cancer that developed into breast and, later, brain cancer. She continued to work until August 2011 while mounting a vigorous fight against the disease.

Born in Norristown, the daughter of Eugene and Betty Shuler Webster, Mrs. Mansuy was all about work.

She graduated from Norristown High School and then Dickinson College in 1973, and received a master's degree in education from the former Beaver College in 1977.

She started out teaching Spanish and English to middle and high school students in the Methacton School District. In the 1980s she switched to administration, serving Methacton as director of personnel and public relations.

In 1995, after 22 years with Methacton, she joined the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit in West Norriton as director of personnel. She assumed the job of assistant executive director Jan. 1, 2006.

In that role, she would make sure local school districts complied with state regulations and would help negotiate labor contracts. It was exacting and sensitive work, and she gained statewide respect for doing it well, said her husband, Bucky P. Mansuy.

"She explained everything to the employees and their representatives," her husband said. "They all seemed to respect her tremendously. She would make sure the contract was fairly enforced. She was even liked by her adversaries, giving her credibility across the bargaining table."

Mrs. Mansuy served two times as president of the Eastern Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators and led the Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators in 2004 and 2005.

In 2008, the latter group gave Mrs. Mansuy the Dowler Award, recognizing an outstanding personnel professional.

In February, although too ill to accept the award in person, Mrs. Mansuy received the group's President's Award, recognizing those who have mentored novices in the human resources field.

In private life, Mrs. Mansuy liked "anything English," her husband said. She enjoyed curling up with a Jane Austen novel, gardening, and visiting Stone Harbor, N.J. She was devoted to her family and loved animals, although from a distance, because she was too busy to own a pet.

She and her husband met at Villanova Law School, which she attended for one year. When it became clear she did not want to become a lawyer, she dropped out. The two were married for 30 years.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a son, Michael; two brothers; and a niece and nephew.

A meeting for worship will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Norristown Friends Meeting, 20 E. Jacoby St. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Interment is private.

Donations may be made to Main Line Animal Rescue, Box 89, Chester Springs, Pa. 19425.

Contact Bonnie L. Cook

at 215-854-2611 or bcook@phillynews.com.


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