Jane Schurz Mollenhoff

October 14, 1919May 11, 2019

Jane Schurz Mollenhoff passed away on May 11, 2019 at the age of 99. She was preceded in death by parents, Jay D. Cook and Margaretta (Nelson) Cook; her sisters, Sara Collins and Elizabeth Weir; and her two brothers, Jay Cook, Jr. and Joseph Cook.

Jane graduated from Moorestown High School in New Jersey in 1937 and continued her education at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, graduating in 1941. She attended Taylor Business School in Philadelphia from 1941-1942.

Richard Schurz, a former University of North Carolina student, came home from war service as a Navigator for the Army Air Force stationed in the China-India-Burma Theater. He and Jane married in 1944 and settled in Fairport, New York where they raised their four children. Richard died in 1965 and Jane moved to Lexington, Virginia and taught elementary school age children for seventeen years in the Buena Vista School System. Clark Mollenhoff, a Washington D.C. Investigative Journalist and a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, was teaching at Washington and Lee University. Jane and Clark became friends. They married in 1981 and spent ten years traveling and teaching. Clark passed away in 1991. Four years later, Jane moved to Williamsburg Landing where she was well cared for during her remaining years.

Jane subscribed to three newspapers and enjoyed working on the puzzles and reading the editorials. She also played bridge, enjoyed swimming and walking her dogs.

Jane is survived by her daughter, Susan Marcy; her three sons, James Richard and his wife Patsy, Jay David and his wife Helen, and Robert Mark and his friend Barbara; four granddaughters; five grandsons; and twelve great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Lexington, Virginia at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 16th. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Hospice Organization of your choice.

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  • Memorial Service Thursday, May 16, 2019

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