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Jane Milza dies at 87. The Editor-in-Chief of Advance Food has scoured the neighborhood – and the world – in search of a great culinary story.

Jane Clare Tierney Milza, 87, of Grasmere, retired food and wine editor of Staten Island Advance, and a 2015 Advance successful woman, died Thursday, November 25.

Jane was born on April 8, 1934 in Bayonne, NJ, to Edward A. Tierney and Mildred Tierney. She is survived by her beloved husband, Edward F. Milza, and her children: Clare Fennell (Bill Fennell), Carrie Milza (Dr. Scott Dax), Edward Milza, Rob Tierney and Stephen Milza, and her grandchildren: Elizabeth Fennell, Gregory Fennell, 1st Lt. Andrew Fennell, USMC, Kristy Dax, Eric Dax, Emma Dax and Abigail Milza, and her mother, Donna Milza.

She is predeceased by her siblings, Mary Ernst, Ann Murphy, Edward Tierney, James Tierney, Thomas Tierney and Mildred Rolls.

Jane and Ed were married on April 27, 1957.Staff-Shot

Jane has been an active parishioner at St. Sylvester RC Church for over 80 years, where she was a member of the parish council. She was a graduate of St. Joseph Hill Academy, Grasmere, received a BA in English from the former Notre Dame College, Grymes Hill, and an MA in Library and Information Science from St. John’s University, Queens. .


Principal Angela Ferrando, Sister William McGovern and guest speaker Jane Milza sing the national anthem to begin the opening ceremony of St. Joseph Hill Academy on Friday, June 5, 2015 (Staten Island Advance / Bill Lyons) Staff-Shot

She began her nearly 50-year career at the Staten Island Advance as a student, where she first worked in the social office. As a food and wine editor for 33 years, she significantly expanded the section during her tenure.

His work has been broadcast nationally via the Newhouse News Service and has enabled him to travel extensively, reporting on food, wine and culture around the world. She enjoyed interviewing and reporting on the cultural cuisine of Staten Island home cooks, as well as world-renowned published chefs.

“Staten Island has lost a beautiful soul,” said Caroline Harrison, publisher of Advance. “Jane was a cherished member of the Advance family for almost 50 years and was at the peak of her profession among food writers. She knew everyone and everyone knew her. She might show you the best place in San Francisco or New Orleans. . . or Rosebank, ”the editor noted.

“Her knowledge of food stretched across the country, but she has always cared about Staten Island. She has gone above and beyond for our community, especially in the work she has done for people with disabilities, which has earned her the well-deserved recognition of Woman of Achievement. This Thanksgiving time, I am filled with gratitude for calling Jane a dear friend to me and my family for so many years. My thoughts are with Ed and the family. This wonderful woman will be missed by all of us.


French-born chef, author, culinary educator, TV personality and artist Jacques Pepin and Jane Milza at the James Beard Awards ceremony held at the NY Marriott Marquis in Times Square. ADVANCE OF STATEN ISLAND

While working at the Staten Island Advance, Jane received the James Beard Foundation Editor of the Year Award, the Brooks Foundation Editorial Award and has been recognized by professional organizations such as the Association of Food Journalists. Her professional affiliations included board members of the New York chapter of the Dames d’Escoffier, the New York Newswomen’s Club, the Association of Food Journalists, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She has been invited to serve as a judge for the Pillsbury Bake-Off twice.

“For the young women who grew up on Staten Island in the ’70s and’ 80s, Jane was a role model and a trailblazer,” noted Pamela Silvestri, current Food Editor at Advance /, who took on the role at the Jane’s retirement.

“She was meticulous and graceful in her words. In a world of mostly male voices in the culinary world, here is our own living food legend in the borough, ”said Silvestri. “His legacy of well-written stories of the evolution of the borough’s restaurant and market scene provides insight into his knowledge of Italian cuisine. Yet she was truly an expert on food and wine in general who had traveled extensively, with the talent to write about any subject with precision and authority.

In 2015, Jane was named Woman of Achievement by the Staten Island Advance in recognition of her civic contributions.


Laureate Jane Milza receives a sterling silver Tiffany bowl from Advance publisher Caroline Harrison during the 2015 Advance Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn. (Staten Island Advance / Anthony DePrimo) Staff-Shot


The Honorable Jane Milza and Borough President James Oddo on the platform at the Women of Achievement 2015 (Staten Island Advance / Jan Somma-Hammel) Staff-Shot

Inspired by her son Stephen, who has special needs, Jane has advocated for adults and children with disabilities for over 20 years, serving on the board of directors of Community Resources, Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council, Staten Island Center for Life stand-alone, and as a member of the Borough President’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities, A Very Special Place Parent Support Group and a founding member of Staten Island Parents of Hearing Impaired.


Jane gets a boost from her son, Stephen, along with her husband Edward and editor Brian Laline. (Staten Island Advance / Jan Somma-Hammel) Staff-Shot

Jane has brought her expertise to numerous food-related fundraisers on Staten Island, benefiting organizations such as the Staten Island Heart Society, served as Co-Chair of Eger Health Care Center’s Taste of Staten Island, and co-founded Pasta Community Resources Bowl. . She was president of the Notre Dame College Alumnae Association at St. John’s University. Jane was also an associate of St. Joseph Hill Academy, Daughters of Divine Charity, and in 2014 she was part of the planning committee for the Daughters of Divine Charity Centennial Celebration.

One of Jane’s most enduring contributions has been the Advance Cookbook competition, which she developed and developed from a local competition to a competition featuring celebrity chefs. Budding superstars like Lydia Bastianich and others brought to light by the James Beard Society, in which she was very active, were her contemporaries. His writing helped develop their brands and their fans.

“Jane can take credit for laying the groundwork for other people’s stardom,” said Silvestri.

“It was impossible to hike Staten Island without bumping into someone who knew Jane or her work,” said Brian Laline, editor of Advance / “Its reach in so many pockets of our community was vast. Our careers intertwined and I watched her cover everything from social events and news from our communities with special needs, to coordinating our teen pen pals in high school, to food, of course. Many of us have learned so much from this incredible journalist.

In 2014, Jane asked the New York City Council to erect road signs declaring the intersection of West Fingerboard and Clove Roads in Grasmere as Edward A. Tierney Sr. Corner, acknowledging her father, a World War I veteran. world, and his family’s four generations of military service. and volunteer work in the community.


His son James F. Tierney, daughter Jane Milza and grandson, Navy Commander Brian J. Hillers hold the sign at a ceremony naming the corner of the key and clove Edward A. Tierney Sr. Corner in 2014 (Staten Island Advance / Bill Lyons) Staff-Shot

These accomplishments would not have been possible without the loving support of her husband and family.

Visitations will be on Sunday, November 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and Monday, November 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Casey Funeral Home, 350 Slosson Ave. The Christian Burial Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 30 at 11:30 am at St. Sylvester RC Church, 854 Targee Street. Interment will be in the Moravian cemetery.


Jane Milza, seated right, with her colleagues Women of Achievement 2015. Back row, Josephine Cupo, Carol Dunn, guest speaker Linda Fairstein, Dr Carrie Robiinson, Araceli Arizmendi. Sitting are Mary Shalo and Jane. (Staten Island Advance / Jan Somma-Hammel) Staff-Shot


Jane Milza at the 2008 Cookbook Tasting at the Hilton Garden Inn. Judges that year included, left to right, Philip Campanella, Vittorio Asoli of Trattoria Romana in Dongan Hills, Sandy Ingber and Tom Mauro of Grymes Hill.



Eleanor Conforti, an accomplished woman of 1977, at the 2015 Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon with Jane. (Staten Island Advance / Bill Lyons) Staff-Shot