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Jan N. Gilmor

MILLERTON — Jan N. Gilmor, 68, a 21-year resident of Millerton and formerly of Pine Plains, died Monday, July 26, 2021 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. 

Mrs. Gilmor co- owned and operated Gilmor Glass Works in Pine Plains with her late husband, John, prior to moving their studio and beautiful showroom to Main Street in Millerton in 2000. 

Jan was instrumental in selecting and approving the creative design work and color pallet for a wide array of artisanal glass products that were produced at Gilmor Glass for nearly four decades. Her attention to detail and exquisite taste along with John’s unmatched ability to transform billions of grains of sand into elegant works of art put Gilmor Glass at the forefront of their profession and led to a very successful business serving clients all over the world. Jan retired from Gilmor Glass in 2019.

Born Nov. 11, 1952, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Phyllis (Silverstadt) and Donald Niederlitz. Following high school, Jan attended college and on Dec. 31, 1977, at Pine Plains Presbyterian Church she married John David Gilmor. 

The Gilmors were married 43 years when John unexpectedly died on June 12, 2021.

Jan and John enjoyed traveling in their spare time and raising Labrador retrievers. Over the course of many years they raised 10 litters together. 

Jan was known for her ability to strike up a conversation with anyone and she loved a good, energized discussion. 

She was also a founding member and supporter of TownScape, a revitalization initiative established many years ago by a group of caring business owners and citizens of the Village of Millerton and the Town of North East. Annual holiday decorations, sitting benches, signage, seasonal floral décor and business district enhancement projects are just some of the tasks that TownScape continues to provide and has perfected with great success. Jan will be dearly missed by all. 

Jan is survived by her brother-in-law, Stephen J. Musso of Manhattan; her sisters-in-law, Mary Gilmor of New Windsor, N.Y., and Susan Gilmor on Winston-Salem, N.C.; two stepsisters, Lynn and Diane;  a stepbrother, Rick; and many dear friends. In addition to her beloved husband, John, and her parents, Jan was predeceased by her loving sister, Kay Niederlitz.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service for John and Jan will take place at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home in Millerton. 

Memorial donations may be made to TownScape, P.O. Box 835, Millerton, NY 12546 or North East Community Center, P.O. Box 35, Millerton, NY 12546. 

To send an online condolence to the family or plant a tree in Jan’s memory, go to www.conklinfuneralhome.com.

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