February 19, 1948 - May 17, 2012
It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Jane Klaray; a beloved wife, mother, sister, friend, and mentor. She died peacefully on May 17 after a courageous and brief battle with cancer. She is lovingly remembered by her husband of 39 years, Tom; children Christine and Michael; sister Joan Thompson (Ian) of Thunder Bay; brother Jim Stuart (Carol) of Vancouver; father and mother in-law Egon and Cornelia Klaray of Toronto, and sister-in-law Eva Yasgur (Sam) of New York. Also mourning the loss of their dear aunt are Jon Thompson, Scott Thompson (Sarah Perrin), Susan Thompson; Joanne Smith (Tyler), Richard Stuart (Stephanie), Michelle Allan (Doug), Jill Yasgur, and Stuart Yasgur (Sirine Shebaya). Her memory is also being cherished by her many friends and colleagues. Jane was predeceased by her parents Laverne and Mary Stuart of Kenora.
Jane's commitment to and love for her family was her proudest accomplishment, and brought her the most joy. She was a devoted wife and mother whose unconditional love, guidance, and support will be forever appreciated and missed. Her extended family and many friends remember her as a caring, thoughtful, and kind person who had a quick wit and zest for life; a love of travel, books, cups of tea, and daily walks with friends. What brought Jane much happiness were summers spent with family at their 'camp' in Kenora; looking out at the water, taking evening rides with Tom in the boat, and laughing around the dinner table.
After 28 years in education, Jane retired in January, 2012 as a well-respected Principal with the Edmonton Public School Board. Her legacy is built on her integrity, passion, and commitment to mentorship. She will always be admired as a compassionate leader whose impact on the lives of countless students, parents, teachers, and colleagues cannot be measured.
Her family wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to the nurses and doctors at the Cross Cancer Institute and Grey Nuns Palliative Care for their careful and genuine care of Jane and her family, and the outpouring of love and support from friends and colleagues whose generosity brought much comfort during her short illness.
A service will be held at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church; 11111 - 57 Avenue, Edmonton on Thursday, May 24 at 9:30 a.m. A celebration of her life will follow at the Derrick Golf and Country Club; 3500 - 119 Street, Edmonton. An interment of her ashes will take place with her family 'at the lake' this summer.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends may make donations in Jane Klaray's name to the 'Edmonton Community Foundation,' 9910 - 103 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2V7, where an educational scholarship has been established in her memory.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.hainstockedmonton.com .
Published in The Edmonton Journal from May 20 to May 22, 2012