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Apr. 19, 1928 - Feb. 20, 2013
In 1967, Atlanta housewife Jan Wetstone invented Mod Podge while experimenting with short-cuts to decoupage in her antique shop. It proved to be one of the most enduring successes in the history of the craft industry. Jan was an early advocate for women's rights in the business world. She secured two patents, one for Mod Podge and one for a molded frame-maker kit. Jan was actively involved in the arts, especially in Sarasota where she founded the children's arts festival at the Ringling Museum.
Jan passed peacefully on February 20, 2013. She was a loving mother and grandmother and is survived by one brother, Gerald Meyerson of Charleston, SC, three children, Linda Lloyd of Powder Spring, GA, Greg Wetstone of Bethesda, MD and John Wetstone of Munich, Germany, and five grandchildren, Lisa and Katie Wetstone, Forrest and Camilla Sherman, and Andrea Sherman Rowe.
She was born April 19, 1928 in Spartanburg, SC to Louis and Ella Meyerson and attended the University of Missouri. After growing up in South Carolina, Jan moved to Atlanta where she resided until 1982 when she relocated to Sarasota and lived there happily until 2009 when she returned to Atlanta.
A memorial service for friends and family will be held this spring in Charleston, SC, where much of Jan's family resides. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Art Center Sarasota (www.artsarasota.org).
Published in Herald Tribune from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2013