Skaneateles loses two women business leaders

Loveless in Skaneateles

There was a delayed reaction between the time I was told that Jan Loveless passed away and when I really thought about it, and wept. As a former restaurateur myself, Jan was my idol.

These past many decades she and her husband Larry have owned and operated Krebs on Route 20 in the village of Skaneateles. Jan ran the front of the house (service and d (c)cor), while Larry operates the kitchen.

Jan never let you see her sweat. She was a pro, always dressed beautifully, never a hair out of place, making sure her customers were well taken care of while her place was also shipshape.

The service was so consistently good at Krebs it was taken for granted. Jan didn't allow for anything else.

Long time customer Cindy Jacobs said, "She remembered everybody that came into her establishment and she remembered their kids and their stories. She always asked about my daughter Emily. She remembered her age and her interests always had something good to say. She will definitely be missed."

Jan was a cross between Lady Di and Grace Kelly - only she married a prince of a guy, rather than an official prince.

She had Kelly's graceful good looks and poise, and Lady Di's humanitarian nature. Her volunteerism was far reaching, but you didn't hear that from me, as Jan didn't want it broadcast.

She helped people because she could and because it was the right thing to do and she considered it to be a private matter for both herself and those she looked after.

Over the years she let a little bit of her level headed, buttoned up business persona slip revealing even more of her wry sense of humor and a knowing of exactly what was really real. And perhaps my favorite aspect of her ethic (defined as how one lives one's values) is how she really could let her beautiful hair down "off the clock."

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