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Jane Isakson Lea

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Jane Isakson Lea

Jane Isakson Lea passed away on May 21, 2015, of abdominal cancer. She was born at home in Seattle on September 18, 1927, the daughter of Fred Isakson and Ester Ostrom Isakson. As a young woman, she traveled with her parents to Sweden with the goal of the family remaining for a year. Her father left early, leaving Jane and her mother to remain and become acquainted with their relatives and the Swedish language. This whetted Jane's interest in the Swedish language, so she returned to Seattle where she enrolled in the University of Washington and pursued her Bachelor's in Scandinavian Studies. Jane later received a scholarship to earn her Master's in Librarianship. In 1952 Jane married Johnellis Jones, who died of a brain tumor in 1971. Jane in 1972 then married Jim Lea, a good friend of Jane and Johnellis.

During her adult years, Jane was a charter member and active dancer with Nordiska Folkdancers and a strong supporter of the Swedish Club. Jane remembered her parents' work supporting the construction of the Swedish Club on Dexter Avenue when some other Club members worried that it was located "too far out." Jane carried on her interest in the Scandinavian community by serving as a Trustee of the Nordic Heritage Museum and being awarded "Swede of the Year" at the Swedish Club in 2008. Jane continued backing the Swedish Club, eventually forming The Jane Isakson Lea Foundation, which supports the Swedish Club and other Swedish cultural activities in the region. Donations in her honor may be made to The Jane Isakson Lea Foundation, at 2442 NW Market St., PMB #295, Seattle, WA 98107.

Friends are invited to a gathering to honor Jane and her contributions to the community on Sunday, June 14, 2015, from 3 to 5 PM at the Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109.
Published in The Seattle Times on May 31, 2015
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