Dr. Jane Slater Spiegelberg (80) passed away peacefully with her son by her side in Arizona on July 2, 2022 following a lengthy illness and struggle with Alzehiemer’s.
Jane was born on August 6, 1941 to Harlan and Marjorie (Brady) Slater.
She lived most of her life in Oberlin, Ohio where she grew up and raised her family. She graduated from Oberlin High School and received a Bachelor’s degree in history from Oberlin College. In 1964 she married Alan Spiegelberg and they raised three children Caroline, Todd and Ethan in a house built by her father on Pyle Road..
Jane worked as an assistant editor for the Oberlin College Alumni Magazine and also volunteered at OASIS Mental Health Center funded by the Lorain County Board of Mental Health. This experience prompted her to pursue a career in the mental health field. Jane earned both her Masters and Doctorate degrees in psychology.from Kent State University. Following an internship in 1981, Jane worked for The Walter G. Nord Center in Lorain, Ohio for 24 years. She served as a member of the Nord Center Board of Trustees for two years. She also served five years as a consultant for the Wellness Management and Recovery Coordinating Center of Excellence funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health.
In addition to her rewarding career helping others, Jane enjoyed gardening, reading, collecting antiques, attending aerobics classes and spending time with her family. Following the death of her husband Alan in 2009, Jane moved to Arizona where she enjoyed her retirement playing games, hiking, site-seeing and traveling with friends, including former classmate Bonnie Kirk, and her son Ethan and his wife Sarah. She particularly enjoyed visiting historic sites and national parks.
Jane is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Alan, her parents Harlan and Majorie Slater, and her youngest brother Gary. Survivors include her brother Kent (Marina) of Florida, daughter Caroline Ziegman (Kevin) of Elyria, sons Todd Spiegelberg (Tabby) of North Ridgeville and Ethan Spiegelberg (Sarah) of Peoria, AZ, and grandchildren Colleen and Bryce Ziegman and Nathaniel and Nicholas Spiegelberg, as well as her dear cousin Marjorie Bell, several nieces and nephews and many friends and former colleagues.
The family is particularly grateful to Ethan and his wife Sarah for taking Jane into their home and being her caretakers for the last few years of her life. She was very fond of the excellent food, entertainment and loving care they provided.
Friends and family are invited to gather for a visitation and memorial on August 5, 2022 from 5- 7 pm at the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 South Main Street, Oberlin, Ohio. Burial at the Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be appreciative of a donation made in Jane’s name to The Alzheimer’s Association.
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