Jayne S. Wallbrunn, 61 of Black Rock, CT, formerly of Ridgefield, CT, passed away after a brief illness at Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT on January 3rd. Jayne was the daughter of the late Dr. Robert & Elizabeth Wallbrunn.

Jayne graduated from Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT, and Bradford College in Haverhill, MA. She also attended Hood College in Frederick, MD, and held a CT Real Estate license.

Jayne enjoyed a varied career, applying her wide range of interests: cooking, literature and finance. Jayne managed The Food Chandler restaurant in Ridgefield, CT, for many years, earning praise in Jane and Michael Stern’s book, Roadfood, a guide described as “the key to finding some of the tastiest treasures in the United States.” Jayne also worked as a consultant for Reader’s Digest and as a banking executive.

Jayne had a great love of sailing, music, books, photography and dogs. She was an active member of Pequot Yacht Club in Southport, CT, and a co-owner of a J36 sailboat. As a talented chef and caterer, she held regular cooking classes in Southport where she crafted and generously shared irresistible recipes. She was well-read, quick-witted, thoughtful and full of fun. Her two pugs, Tucker and Crosby, could not have known more love or devotion.

Jayne is survived by her sisters: Sandy Evans of Ponte Vera Beach, FL; Amy DePalma of Wading River, NY; and Betsy Stoner of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; and by her six nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be scheduled in the spring, there will be no calling hours.

Kane Funeral Home in Ridgefield, CT, is in charge of arrangements.

Donations in honor and memory of Jayne Wallbrunn can be made to: Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, 30 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT 06810.