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SCHEER, Jane Austin

91, of Juno Beach, FL, passed away on July 29, 2014, on her 64th wedding anniversary. Daughter of Roland Austin and Edith Martin, Jane was born in Hartford, CT, and raised in Hartford and West Hartford. She attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Virginia, worked and studied at Woods Hole Marine Biological Institute in Massachusetts, and spent a summer at Lisle Fellowship International in Colorado, experiences that shaped the course of her life. Jane also attended the School of Public Health at Yale University, earning a master's degree, which led to a job in Fond du Lac, WI, as health educator for the public schools. In Fond du Lac she met her future husband Bill, an engineer, whom she married in 1950 and with whom she raised two children. The family returned to Connecticut and later relocated to Palm Beach Gardens, FL, where Jane and Bill lived for over three decades. A loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, Jane is survived by her devoted husband Bill; son William Scheer of Jupiter; granddaughters Kim Goldberg and Kristy Pilote of Windermere, FL; great-grandchildren Ethan, Julianna, Tyler, Rory, and Arden Goldberg and Ansley Pilote; sister Shirley Murphy of Rockville, MD; nieces Linda Dinger of Hamburg, NY, and Barbara Warman of Rockville, MD; nephew Steven Murphy of Olney, MD; and family dog Archie. Jane was preceded in death by her beloved daughter Julie Esposito. A woman of integrity and compassion and quiet strength, Jane committed her life to family, friends, church, environmental causes, and animal welfare. As a child, she spent summers with grandparents in Plymouth, CT, where she gained a love for horses and an appreciation of plants and wildlife. As an adult, Jane was active in many projects through Audubon and led native-habitat preservation efforts at her Methodist church and in the community. She spent countless hours helping friends who needed a caring smile, a gentle touch, a word of encouragement. She was selfless and generous, living for others. A memorial service to celebrate Jane's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014, in the auditorium of The Waterford, 601 Universe Blvd., Juno Beach. To honor Jane, friends might consider a donation to Audubon Florida, the Florida ALS Association, CROS Ministries, or Hospice of Palm Beach County.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2014
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