Obituary: Jane Boman

Jane Boman of Beach Road, Sister Bay, passed away peacefully on September 21, 2015, at the age of 91. she was the wife of the late Dr. Vernon Boman.

Jane was born and grew up in Indianapolis. She was very musical at an early age, excelling in dance, piano, organ, and voice. She recorded several records, her first at age 12, and had her own radio shows. She was very proud of her participation in the Indianapolis Sunrise Easter program which was held in a city park for an audience of over 1,000. After 1 year in the chorus, she became the lead soloist throughout her teen years. She attended a music conservatory in Chicago. After graduation, her first job was introducing children to opera with puppets.

Jane and Vernon, her handsome Naval Lieutenant, were married on January 28 1945. While he was training in San Diego, she lived with her in-laws and was very happy when she could join him there for the duration of WWII.

After the war, the couple moved back to Chicago and lived in Park Ridge and Arlington Heights. Jane became involved in raising three children (Burton, Bonnie, and Brian) and devoted time to the church and various organizations. She was a devoted Lutheran, played the piano for services and sang in the choir and as a soloist. She also taught Saturday school to severely disabled children between the ages of 6 and 18 for many years.

Upon discovering that her two-year-old daughter, Bonnie, was deaf, Jane met with other parents of deaf children who proceeded to establish an organization called Deaf Children Unlimited. They were pioneers in the education of deaf children in the Chicago area. Their goal was to have classes established for deaf children in public schools. Some of the fathers traveled to Springfield to request funding to start the classes during summer school. Subsequently, classes were opened for deaf children in public schools where there was a large enough population of deaf students. The membership grew to include parents, teachers, and others interested in helping children who were deaf and hard-of-hearing. A scholarship fund was set up to provide grants to teachers to increase their skills in teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Jane’s life-long interest in education led her to the P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization), a group committed to helping women pursue higher education. She served as president from 1963-1966.

Jane was an outgoing and fun-loving person who enjoyed water sports, especially scuba diving. She and Vernon traveled all over the world to good diving sports, as well as visiting the Holy Lands. She was a good cook, loved to read, crochet and watch old television programs.

After retirement, Jane and Vernon divided their time between the house on Beach Road and their condo in Naples, FL.

Jane is survived by her children and their spouses, Burton (Linda), Bonnie (Karen) and Brian (Nicole), and 4 grandchildren, Amanda, Serena, Luke, and Devin Boman
Funeral Services will be held at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay, WI, on Friday, October 30, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.

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