Jane Van Kovics

Jane Van Kovics, a former member of the Sag Harbor Village Board, died on April 14 in Port Charlotte, Fla., where she had retired. She was 94 and had congestive heart failure.

Community service was important to Mrs. Van Kovics. She served on the village board from 1977 to 1985. Her father, Jim McMahon, was village mayor for a number of years starting in 1957.

She was born in Cleveland on Oct. 13, 1920, to Mr. McMahon, a Sag Harbor native, and Emily Simon, a French immigrant. After spending her early years in Sag Harbor, she moved with her mother to Bridgeport, Conn., following her parents’ divorce in the 1930s. She graduated from high school in Connecticut.

She married Julius Van Kovics on her birthday in 1951. Three years later the couple moved to Sag Harbor, where her father owned and operated the Harbor Heights gas station and coal company on Hampton Street. The couple took over as the proprietors of the service and fuel station in the 1960s.

Mrs. Van Kovics was involved in many facets of Sag Harbor life. She was the president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Chelberg-Battle Post of the American Legion and was a den mother for the Cub Scouts.

She and her husband sold their share of Harbor Heights to their son Jack, who survives her, in 1984 and moved to Port Charlotte. She remained active in Florida, serving as the president of the Cedar Woods Condo Association. She enjoyed politics, keeping up on current events, and reading.

Her husband died in 2010. In addition to Jack Van Kovics, who lives in Sag Harbor, she is survived by another son, Jim Van Kovics of Bountiful, Utah, a grandson, and a sister, Mary Lou Odell of St. Augustine, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at the Yardley Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor at a date to be announced. Mrs. Van Kovics’s ashes will be buried in St. Andrew’s Cemetery in Sag Harbor.