Harriet Jane Koning|
March 31, 1941-August 2, 2014
A long-time resident of Bellevue, Jane passed away in peace and comfort, with her family by her side. She died following a valiant year-long battle with cancer. Jane also dealt with the effects of Lupus and Kidney Disease. On Halloween, 2010, she received a treat, a new "40 year old kidney". It worked marvelously, even through chemotherapy.
Jane was born in San Francisco to her parents Frank and Mary Hickman. She had a brother, Ken, who died several years ago. They grew up in Mill Valley, "just across the Golden Gate Bridge" and attended Mount Tamalpais High School. Jane was proud of her little town. The family business was a classic Chevron Service Station on Miller Avenue. She graduated from Cal-Berkeley, "just a little before the hippies". Jane excelled at French and Music. She was an exchange student in France in high school and joined the Peace Corps after college. She served in Sierra Leone, Africa in 1962-1964. It was there, in a small village, that she met Frans Koning, a doctor from Holland. They married in Sierra Leone. They divorced years later, but had two sons, Frank and Tom, who remain proud of their adventurous mom.
Jane received a Master's Degree in Deaf Education from the University of Rochester while her kids were in college. Jane worked for years as a substitute teacher in the Seattle area, championing deaf education.
Jane was an active person. Always ready for adventure. She enjoyed singing, hiking, gardening, travelling, languages, and attending concerts and shows. Operas, symphonies, musicals-she was the one humming and singing along in her seat behind you, probably a little too loud. Sorry.
Jane is survived by her sons, Frank and Tom (Annie), and was a proud grandma to Ryan and Kenny. She is also survived by ex-husband Frans, and his wife Nancy. Her nephew Josh Bush and his girlfriend Jen Brown were also important to her. She is also survived by her friend Erick Lorenz, who she originally met in Peace Corps training. Erick and Jane re-connected at the 50th reunion of the Peace Corps. He was her constant companion and advocate over the past few years.
Jane never felt sorry for herself. Her determination and sense of adventure were examples to us all.
A memorial service for Jane will be held Wednesday, August 13th at 11:00 AM at Mercer Island Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040
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Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 10, 2014