Jane Heller Frieden

by | Jul 12, 2013 | Obituaries

Norfolk —Jane Heller Frieden, 86, of the 200 block of Oxford St. Norfolk, Va., died July 6, 2013 after succumbing to complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Until her illness, Mrs. Frieden, a native of Norfolk, was an active volunteer in a variety of civic organizations including the Chrysler Museum, Make a Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels, and the battle ship Wisconsin. Previously she pursued a career in art education at the undergraduate level. Mrs. Frieden received degrees in art and art education from William and Mary and Columbia University.

Mrs. Frieden lived a rich and rewarding life blending community service, teaching and hobbies. She took pride in establishing a rapport with many students well after their course work. Mrs. Frieden learned to fly small aircraft at the age of 52. Her interest in genealogy revealed a family line that included a Confederate States of America officer leading to her induction in the Daughters of the Confederacy. Mrs. Frieden was included in an edition of Who’s Who in America, a major publication of prominent individuals in the U.S.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Nancy Frieden Crowe, of Mill Valley, Calif., Rob and Katie Frieden, of Port Matilda, Pa. Andrew M. Frieden and Lisa Cannelora, of Oakland Calif. and two grandchildren, Alexander V. Frieden of Washington, D.C. and Elizabeth V. Frieden, of Ithaca, N.Y. Her husband Joseph Lee Frieden, a Norfolk, native, preceded her death in 1990.

A memorial service was conducted at the home of Debbie Kaplan Gold.

Memorial donations may be made to the William and Mary Alumni Association or the Alzheimer’s Foundation. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be sent to the family at hdoliver.com