NORWALK, Conn. – Jane Audrey Mentzer, 93, of Norwalk, died June 22 in Norwalk Hospital.
She was born in Struthers, Ohio, Nov. 11, 1921, to Ruth G. Creed and Judge Dahl B. Cooper.
She grew up in Struthers, Ohio, and attended Struthers High School, where she and her twin sister graduated as co-valedictorians. From high school, she attended Oberlin College in Ohio. She married her husband, Charles Calvin Mentzer, on Nov. 12, 1943, while he was a captain in the U.S. Army Air Force. After the war, they lived in Delaware, Ohio, where she worked as a kindergarten teacher before moving to Schenectady, New York, where Chuck was enrolled in the General Electric Management Training program.
Upon completion of the program, he was transferred to New York City and they moved to Scarsdale, New York, and then eventually to Norwalk, where they built their first home, and finally to Wilton, Connecticut, where she resided for 45 years.
She was a longstanding member of the First Congregational Church on the Green, a member of The Beta Circle church organization and a volunteer for many years in their Head Start program. Being an active boater and golfer, the family were members of the Shore and Country Club and the Silvermine Golf Club. She loved to travel.
She is survived by her son Charles C. Mentzer, Jr. (Jeannette) of Beverly Hills, Michigan; daughter Barbara (Ronald) Jasinski, formerly of Wilton and now residing in Danbury, Connecticut; two granddaughters; a grandson; and one great-granddaughter.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters and a brother.
A graveside funeral service and burial will be held privately at a later date.
Donations in her memory may be made to The Greens at Cannondale Employee Gift Fund, 435 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.
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