Jane Kathryn Klemencic, 92, passed away peacefully Friday, September 8, 2023 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Jane was born in Renton, Washington on August 5, 1931 to Inez and Melvin McLean. She was raised in the Tacoma area and graduated from Fife High School in 1949.
Jane met SFC Victor Klemencic, the love of her life, in 1950 and they were married in Tacoma, Washington on February 2, 1951. Together they headed off to Camp Roberts, California to start a 26 year journey that took them to stateside postings in California, Washington and Virginia and overseas assignments to Alaska Territory, Germany and Belgium. Additionally, Jane held down the home front through three long separations for deployments to Formosa in 1953 and Viet Nam in 1966 and 1969.
In addition to being a dedicated and supportive army wife, Jane was mom to three very active boys. She was den mother, team mom, cheerleader, nurse and disciplinarian over 30 years worth of rec, high school and college sporting events, PTA meetings, doctor and emergency room visits and dented cars.
In 1977, Jane and Vic retired to Newport News, Virginia where Jane dedicated many hours to the Denbigh American Legion Post, Denbigh High School Boosters Club and the Fort Eustis Officers’ Wives Club Thrift Shop.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers as well as her husband of 52 years, CW4(ret) Victor Klemencic. Jane is survived by her sons Daniel Klemencic (Janet) of Yorktown, VA, COL(ret) John Klemencic (Tina) of Windsor, CO and CDR(ret) Steven Klemencic (Elaine) of Montclair, VA; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Her life was filled with much love and many adventures and she will be truly missed by her family.
A very special thanks goes out from the Klemencic family to the kind and caring staff at Mennowood Retirement Community for the excellent care that Jane received during her seven years as a resident.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at Weymouth Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be conducted at noon on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at St. Jerome Catholic Church. Interment will follow the Mass at 3 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mennowood Foundation, 13030 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23602.