February 11, 2015 by Doug Webster
It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Jane Wardwell Roberts, 89, on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, in Keene, NH after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer.
We invite alumni to use the comments button at the end of this post to leave your thoughts and memories of Jane for fellow Otterites. We know they will be read and treasured by her friends and family.
The picture below, probably taken by Larry Rublee was one of many taken of Jane during the 2014 Otter Reunion on the Saturday afternoon visit to the original site of the camp. Fittingly, Jane is seated on the bench seat of the Main Lodge fireplace facing onto what was then the lodge porch overlooking Lake Otter. And being Jane, she was decked out in her usual outfit of highly functional and casual clothing including a floppy hat creating a perfect and lasting image of a VERY special lady who influenced the lives of so many alumni in positive ways.
With all of the activities of the reunion this fall, we were able to capture only a few brief interviews with camp alumni, but by great good fortune, one of them was with Jane. We included it as part of a video on reflections of camp life and Jane’s segment begins at 2:58 into the piece.
Jane was the camp’s Crafts Counselor but that was just for starters. More importantly she was a valued advisor and counsel to Rachel and Charlie Rogers and Rachel and Berner Clarke and a jack of all trades when it came to the running of the camp.
She married Ken Roberts late in life and enjoyed many productive years of retirement in New Hampshire in the small town of Fitzwilliam where she enjoyed working on a small home printing press creating cards and fliers for friends and neighbors. Ken passed away several years ago.
Jane debated whether or not she would attend the 2014 gathering as it involved travels from her home in New Hampshire to Buffalo and then a ride to camp with Dave Walker, but in typical Jane fashion, she decided she wasn’t going to let the challenges of advancing age slow her down and she came.
It was clear that she was very happy she did and, all of us who knew her count it as a blessing that she did so and was able to join so many old friends one more time. As a token of appreciation, she was presented with a paddle signed by attending alumni at the Saturday evening dinner in Dorset and was clearly deeply touched by that gift.
Larry Rublee has talked with Jane’s sister Ann Wardwell Resnick who indicates that a memorial service will be held for Jane sometime in the spring once the winter snows have left New Hampshire.
In the meantime, share your thoughts and memories of Jane in Comments.