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Obituary: Jane Schmid Nordstrom ’45

Jane (Schmid) Nordstrom, 89, of Franklin, NY died unexpectedly in Korcula, Croatia on May 12th, 2010 while vacationing with her daughter.

Jane was born on February 20th, 1921, and grew up in Orrville, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late William and Lila (Stevenson) Schmid. She graduated from Antioch College in 1945 and went on to pursue a career as a psychiatric social worker at the Rockland County NY Mental Health Clinic, earning her MSW at Smith College in 1966.

Throughout her lifetime, Jane was a woman of passions. Music was important to her, and she played the piano, the clarinet, and sang with the Lyric Theater in Piermont, NY. She took up organic gardening in the 1950s, long before it became fashionable, and was an innovative gardener throughout her life. She wrote two books on bread baking, was an avid quilter, loved to write and receive letters, and embraced e-mail and Instant Messenger when she realized they were the best way to communicate with her granddaughters.

Late in life, Jane became an athlete. She ran the Stockholm Marathon in her 60s and was a nationally ranked runner for her age group. At 70, Jane took up tennis and played regularly in Oneonta, NY after scaring the rest of her family out of the sport with her competitive nature.

Jane was dedicated to womens' causes and was a long time volunteer for Safe Against Violence.

Jane is survived by Carl Nordstrom (Antioch ‘46), her husband of 66 years, and her sister Marian Besst of Casselberry, FL. She is also survived by her daughters Carla Nordstrom and husband Andy Bobrow of Franklin and New York City, Rebecca Nordstrom (Antioch ’72) and husband Jerome Liebling of Amherst, MA, and Martha Nordstrom and husband Stephen Fay of Ellsworth, ME. She had three granddaughters, Lila Nordstrom of Los Angeles, Rebecca Fay-Barry of Binghamton, NY, and Susanna Fay of Ellsworth, ME. Jane was predeceased by her daughter Claudia Larcombe and her sister Carol Scobel (Antioch ’52).