The Portville Historical and Preservation Society
17 Maple Avenue
Portville, NY 14770

www.portvillehistory.org
Portville, New York
Jane G. Miller
1915-2007
Brooklyn St., died Thursday (Dec. 13,
2007).  
Born June 29, 1915, in Portville, she was
the daughter of the late Raymond and
Gertrude Phillips Greenman.
On June 15, 1945, in Portville, she married
Arnold I. Miller, who passed away Jan. 19,
1999.  
Jane was a graduate of the Portville High
School class of 1933.  During high school,
she played tennis and basketball, and was a
member of the Glee Club.
She was an active, longtime member of the
Portville United Methodist Church and
through the years she sang in the choir,
played piano, taught Sunday school and
was a member of the United Methodist
Women.
Jane had served the town and school in
many realms, which she continued to
perform into the new millennium.  She was
the town historian for 22 years, starting in
1977 and retiring in 2004.
She had also been active with the Portville
Historical and Preservation Society, and the
Friends of the Portville Free Library.
In Apri1 2000, she was honored by these
groups.  She was past regent of the
Daughters of the American Revolution.
For 25 years, Jane worked for the Carl
Holcomb Insurance Agency and got to
know just about everyone in town.
She has resided her entire life in the same
house in Portville she was born in, an
advantage for a historian who continued to
help at the Portville Free Library every
week.
She has been active in numerous
past 75 years, was a matron of the Eastern
Star, President of the League of Women's
Voters, and involved in summer recreation
programs.
She was also a volunteer at Portville
Central School through the years, working
with elementary students.  She was very
children graduated she completed a three-
semester. program at Westbrook
Commercial Academy and completed a
special course for an insurance license at
St. Bonaventure University.
In 1987, she was recognized as “Senior
Citizen of the Year” and served as
secretary for the Portville Senior Citizens.
In June 2004, she was inducted into the
Portville Hall of Fame for her lifetime of
accomplishments.
Surviving are three daughters, Melora
Miller of Rochester; Marsha Cruzan of
Tacoma, Wash.; and Janice Miller of
Wilmington, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Amy
Seiluns and Garrod Cruzan; and three great-
grandchildren, John, Matthew and Dion
Seiluns.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.
at the Guenther Funeral Home, Inc. 51 S.
Main St., Portville.
A memorial funeral service will be held
Monday (Dec. 17, 2007) at 1 p.m. in the
River’s Edge United Methodist Church,
Portville.  Pastor Matthew Worley will
officiate.
Burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery,
Portville.
Memorials may be made to the Portville
Free Library or to the River's Edge United
Methodist Church, Portville.