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Jane Senter Weeden

1922 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Jane Senter Weeden Obituary
Jane Senter Weeden died Wednesday, April 3. Jane, a patron of the arts, had a life-long interest in aesthetics, languages, and contemporary culture. She was born on November 9, 1922 and grew up in Petersburg, Virginia. She was part of a southern society which appreciated and encouraged intellectual achievement, civic responsibility, and gracefulness in conversation and presence-qualities which shone in Jane throughout her life. Jane attended Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia and during a summer vacation she met her future husband Morris (Mike) Weeden, a red-headed young lieutenant who was stationed at nearby Camp Lee. They were married in October of 1944. After living many years in Cazenovia, New York, Jane and Mike moved to Lake Forest, Illinois. Jane became a devoted supporter of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is remembered as a welcoming presence at the Museum, sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for its collections with the many visitors who came through the doors. Jane was a member of the Antiquarian Society, serving as president from 1991-1994. With her husband, Mike, Jane was a member of the Sustaining Fellows and served as president of its program committee from 2001-2004. Jane and Mike shared a passion for architecture and were devoted to the work of David Adler. When the 1927 house Adler designed for Mr. and Mrs. William E. Clow came up for sale in 1982, Jane toured the property and later said, "I felt as if it had been built for me-it was like falling in love." During the following years the Weedens carefully restored the house to its original condition. Jane said the vast imposing living room, which features a ceiling soaring to twenty-five feet, was always a favorite place for family gatherings. Jane was a life-long Episcopalian and the church was a central part of her life. She served The Church of the Holy Spirit in many ways but particularly as chairman of the Altar Guild. For years she personally washed and ironed the fine linens used each week during services. On Wednesday mornings and on Sundays she could be found at a service, meeting and greeting old friends and newcomers with her marvelous smile and infectious humor. Jane Weeden is survived by her husband of 69 years, Morris Skiff Weeden, their children, Charles Skiff Weeden, Anna Nicholson Weeden, Jane Weeden Hall, and Robert Rush Weeden, and her four grandchildren, Jamie Nicholson Hall, Lowell Skiff Hall, Caroline Anne Weeden, and Allison Jane Weeden. The life of Jane Senter Weeden will be celebrated at 11:00a.m. Saturday, April 6, at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest. The Weeden family will receive friends at a reception in the parish hall following the service. Donations in memory of Jane Senter Weeden may be made to: Bravo Waukegan 400 E. Illinois Lake Forest, IL 60045.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Apr. 5, 2013
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