Jane Clasen, formerly of Medina, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2013, in Fort Myers, Florida. Jane was born in 1922 in Kansas City, Missouri. The family eventually settled in Cleveland, where she met her future husband, Robert.
Jane graduated from East High School in 1939 and moved back to Kansas City in November of that year to take a job with Hall Brothers (Hallmark greeting cards). Jane enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and after training at Hunter College in New York City, worked in a code room in Washington DC. She had always loved to sing, and after a female officer heard her sing at the Roosevelt Hotel, she was asked to join a sextet. They sang for Admiral’s parties and Press Club gatherings, but the schedule was too demanding.
Robert returned from the South Pacific in 1945 and they were married July of that year. The couple settled in East Cleveland where Robert became a supervisor for Container Corp and Jane took classes at Flora Stone Mather College. Following the births of two sons, Ray in 1948 and Craig in 1951, the family moved to Chagrin Falls, where Jane was a secretary at the Federated Church for 10 years. In 1967 the family moved to Medina where Jane worked as secretary at Ella Canavan Elementary and later at Sidney Fenn Elementary.
A gregarious, outgoing person, Jane loved working with the children, and loved working with the teachers. She took on tasks far beyond the scope of her secretarial duties. She was actively involved in career education in Medina County for a number of years.
Following her retirement, Jane volunteered at the elementary schools, playing Grandma Zero Hero for kindergarten classes. A talented artist, Jane was particularly interested in assisting with art projects. She never passed up an opportunity to make costumes and dress up for special days at school. Jane is fondly remembered by the many students and teachers whose lives she touched over the years.
After the death of her husband in 1996, Jane moved to Fort Myers, Florida, where she made many friends, lived a very active life, and continued to paint and sing.
She is survived by her two sons; three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
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