Jane Froehlich Obituary
 
In Memory of

Jane Addis Froehlich

November 15, 1934 - July 31, 2014
Obituary

Adra Jane Addis Froehlich, known to friends and family as Jane, died peacefully with family present on Thursday, July 31, 2014, after several years of battling dementia. She was 79 years old. Born November 15, 1934 in Wheeling, West Virginia, her family settled in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, where her father, George Addis, the son of a Baptist minister, worked in real estate. Her mother, née Marie Schmidt, had a Masters degree in education and was a schoolteacher. Jane grew up in Wyoming Ohio, graduating from Wyoming High School. She attended Indiana University, where she was a proud and active member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. It...
Adra Jane Addis Froehlich, known to friends and family as Jane, died peacefully with family present on Thursday, July 31, 2014, after several years of battling dementia. She was 79 years old. Born November 15, 1934 in Wheeling, West Virginia, her family settled in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, where her father, George Addis, the son of a Baptist minister, worked in real estate. Her mother, née Marie Schmidt, had a Masters degree in education and was a schoolteacher. Jane grew up in Wyoming Ohio, graduating from Wyoming High School. She attended Indiana University, where she was a proud and active member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. It was during this time that she met some of her closest, lifelong friends. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati, where she met her future husband, Jim Froehlich. After graduation, she worked as a psychiatric social worker in the city of Cincinnati, and also worked for Procter & Gamble before having children and becoming a stay-at-home mom, Cub Scout den mother, and active school volunteer.

After moving several times, her family settled in Wilton, Connecticut in 1969. About two years later, Jane re-entered the workforce to continue supporting and raising her family in Wilton by herself, after her marriage ended in divorce. She became a market analyst for a small market research consulting firm before joining General Foods in their market research division. She was recruited away to become Director of Market Research for The Clorox Company in Oakland, California. She was known as a demanding but innovative leader in the corporate market research field. After retiring, she made Ann Arbor, Michigan home before moving to Vero Beach, Florida, joining a vibrant community of friends and family from Wyoming, Ohio. During retirement, she was active as a trained museum docent at several museums, including the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and enjoyed extensive travel to the Far East, Europe, and the Middle East. An avid and voracious reader, she enjoyed learning her whole life, from both her reading and her travels. A lifelong student of art, she was also a talented painter in her own right, working mostly in watercolor and oils, focusing on still-lifes and landscapes. She was known for her wit and intellect, as well as her gingersnap cookies.

She is preceded in death by her beloved brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Virginia (Votaw) Addis. She is survived by her daughter Katherine White (partner Rex Churchill) of Unionville, Indiana; and sons James (wife Christine (Persson) Froehlich) of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Mark (wife Brenda (Corsa) Froehlich) of Wilton, Connecticut; and Peter Froehlich of Bloomington Indiana. She is also survived by grandsons Jason White of Aurora, Colorado, and Brandon White (wife Bre (Royale) White) of Sarasota, Florida, grandsons William (Whit), Benjamin, and Maxwell Froehlich of Ann Arbor, Michigan; grandson Brian (wife Sara (Simpson) Froehlich) of Wilton, Connecticut; and granddaughter Danielle Froehlich of Phoenix, Arizona, as well as great-granddaughter Sophie Froehlich (daughter of Brian and Sara). A private family memorial will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan Saturday, August 9, 2014. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be made to the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center (MADC): (http://alzheimers.med.umich.edu/donate/), or to the Evangelical Home of Saline, Michigan, Memory and Hospice Care (http://www.evangelicalhomes.org/Giving.aspx).

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