COLUMBIANA - The end of an era: Jane Fitzpatrick White passed on from this lifetime on May 29, surrounded by her loving family.
Jane was born in 1918 in East Palestine, Ohio to Goldia (Watson) and Ray Fitzpatrick. She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Martha and MaryAnn, and her husband Allan who died in 1998.
She is survived by her children, Thomas of Sydney, Australia; Pennylynn of New York City; and J. Kathleen, also of New York City.
Jane graduated from Kent State where she was crowned Miss Kent State, and got a degree in primary education. After college she moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she was a teacher at Rainbow Hospital for Children and met her husband Allan at "The Little Theatre" where they both performed.
Jane was quite a force in general and in particular for historic preservation in Columbiana. She was president of the Historical Society for many years and instrumental in placing "Heritage Markers" on many buildings and houses in Columbiana.
It was her idea to move the Log House to the Columbiana Square. She found the home in the country, arranged to have the land on the square donated, and oversaw the entire project from conception to completion.
Due to the establishment of the Log House on the Columbiana Square, downtown Columbiana experienced a revitalization of its downtown as an antiques mecca.
In recognition of this, in 1982 Jane received the "Individual who has contributed the most to the Community" award, given by the Chamber of Commerce, being therefore, the first woman to get the Man of the Year Award.
Her parents, Ray and Goldia, started a hand-decorated pottery business, Goldra/Kingwood, in East Palestine, Ohio. After WWII, the business was expanded by Allan White and over the years Jane contributed ideas and designs for a number of ornamental pieces produced by the pottery.
Jane loved to travel and made trips to Russia, Mexico, Egypt, Yugoslavia, Germany, Hungary, England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia.
She is almost mythological in people's memories for her act of civil disobedience when the city began to pave over the bricks of Elm Street, and she thought they had promised to spare it. She drove her car in front of the paving machine and locked the doors.
In later years she was a well-known figure in downtown Columbiana, making the trip uptown almost every day dressed in great style.
The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to her friends and caregivers, who helped make the last years of her life fun and vital.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family has entrusted the Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana with the arrangements.
Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guest book or send private condolences.