H. Jeane Siskel Frey, 87, formerly of Ann Arbor, MI, passed away peacefully at home with her family around her on January 18, 2012. Jeane was born to Maj. Maurice and Dorthea Katherine Baldridge Siskel in Chicago, IL on August 18, 1924. She received a Bachelor of Science degree at Butler University before earning a Master of Science degree and entering the doctoral program at the University of Michigan, where she conducted medical research for more than 30 years. She continued to conduct research at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque for more than 20 years before retiring to live in Arlington, VA.
Jeane was an active church member her entire life, having been inspired by her grandparents Rev. Harry and Bertha Baldridge, with whom she lived as a young child after her mother passed away. She served on dozens of church committees, and was the first female elder elected at Bethlehem UCC in Ann Arbor, and provided leadership at her church in Albuquerque that led to her receiving recognition as the UCC Southwestern Conference Woman of the Year.
An outspoken advocate for equal justice, Jeane was a lifelong civil rights activist. She was honored to receive the Viola Liuzzo Award from Amistad UCC of Ann Arbor in recognition of her efforts during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and beyond.
Always an avid traveler, Jeane enjoyed visits to every state in the USA, and also toured Canada, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and New Zealand among other places. She was a gifted pianist and violinist who loved a wide variety of music, especially when performed by her children and grandchildren. She greatly enjoyed playing games and cards with family and friends, and actively participated in a weekly bridge club.
Jeane is survived by her children Jay Frey (Valerie) of Gallatin, TN, Wendy Frey Raymond (Steve) of Ann Arbor, MI, and Kathy Frey Kerr (Jim), of Arlington, VA., as well as grandchildren Allen, Caroline, and Adrienne Kerr, and Lisa, Peter, and Julia Raymond. She is also survived by her brother Maurice Siskel, Jr., of Fort Worth, TX, niece and nephew Robin and Mark Siskel, and nephew Jonathan Long. She was preceded in death by her sister Joyce Siskel Long.
In lieu of flowers, Jeane requested that donations be made to The VISION OF GOD CLINIC in San Luis Talpa, El Salvador, that serves a rural area with many health care needs. The clinic was created by Bethel United Church of Christ associate pastor Rev. Carolyn Richar. Donations can be sent in Jeane’s name to the church.
A Note from the Family….
Dear Bethel UCC Community,
The family of Jeane Frey wishes to thank you for your support during our mother’s recent illness and death. Mom was truly blessed to have so many thoughtful and generous friends. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude, and to thank each one of you for opening your doors and hearts to our family, and for the comfort that you brought us at this difficult time.
Thank you to those who prepared food, made monetary donations to the Vision of God Clinic, called us with kind words, sent cards, kind thoughts and prayers, or who were there for us to help with anything that needed to be done.
Thank you also for creating the beautiful music that Mom wanted so much to be included in our celebration of her life. It was uplifting to have Angie’s artistry, the choir’s lovely voices, and to have hymnals so each person could sing the hymns Mom had selected for the service. We were also grateful to have the comfort of the beautiful sanctuary along with the welcoming fellowship hall with the special refreshments and flowers. It meant so much for us to be able to greet and visit with family and friends in the after-service gathering.
Your expressions of sympathy and loving regard for our mother and for our family have been greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten.
With warmest wishes and many thanks,
The Frey Family
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