LONG BEACH, Calif. — Jane Ann Thomas Vejsicky, eldest child of Bertha Elizabeth King and Oliver James Thomas, passed away at her home in Long Beach on July 24, 2014. She was 77.
Born Jane Ann Thomas in Wheeling, West Virginia, she grew up in Mount Pleasant, Ohio, and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School as class salutatorian. She attended Ohio University's School of Journalism, and was a member of Phi Mu sorority.
On Oct. 12, 1957, Jane married Eugene "Gene" Joseph Vejsicky and established a household as a lieutenant's wife at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Gene's career as an executive in the glass container industry required them to often relocate their home from one end of our country to the other. They lived in Athens and Lancaster, Ohio; Gurnee, Illinois; Newark, Delaware; and finally Long Beach, where they resided for the past 38 years.
As a mom, she was proud to support both of her children graduating from the University of Southern California and participated in, and supported, many USC events. Jane was passionate about proper "wording" and stationery and she also enjoyed the latest in fashion. These interests led to a 24-year professional career as an invitation consultant for Fine Writings and Write Impressions, and a 10-year career as a sales associate for the Women's Design Department at Nordstrom's.
Jane served her community extensively through a variety of volunteer activities. She proudly served as chair and member of the City of Long Beach Armed Services Commission, member of the board of directors of the Qingdao Sister Cities Association, founding member of "Breast Friends" of Long Beach Memorial Hospital, member of the Long Beach Officers' Wives' Club, member of the Dramatic Allied Arts Guild, member of the Assistance League of Long Beach, member of the City of Long Beach Homeless Committee, Panhellenic Advisor to Ohio University and University of Delaware; trustee of Long Beach Community Hospital and docent at Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Delaware.
Jane is survived by her husband of 57 years, Gene; and her children, Cathleen Menke (Bruce) and Scott Vejsicky (Christine). Jane had five grandchildren, who affectionately knew her as "Gobba": Ryan Menke, Tucker, Cara and Connor Vejsicky and Ava Tucker. She is also survived by her brother, James King Thomas (Ann), Florida; and sister, Mary Thomas Juniewich, Ohio.
A memorial service and celebration of the one and only "Jane" will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 4471 Lincoln Drive, Cypress, California, 714-828-3131.
Jane was a breast cancer survivor. Twenty years later, she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, which she valiantly fought for two years. Jane's family would be honored by any donations made to the Jane Vejsicky Colon Cancer Clinic Fund which has been established through the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation: 310-206-0675, or http://jccf.convio.net/goto/vejsicky.