Originally published 2/23/14
Mayor Jane Seeman was diagnosed last year with lung cancer, and had put up a valiant fight since. While she vowed to serve as long as able, she recently indicated she would not run in this year’s election.
Seeman, a resident of Vienna since 1968, was appointed to the Town Council in 1996 to fill the term of her late husband Rodger Seeman. She was elected to the council in ’97 and ’99, and then served six consecutive terms as mayor. Her current 7th term would have ended this May.
Seeman loved her town, and it was reciprocal. She chaired the bi-monthly meetings with a no-nonsense style of attention to detail, a keen insight and ability to get to the bottom of complex issues, and a warmth that connected with everyone who brought their business before the Council. She will be truly missed.
Monday Town Council Meeting, Vice Mayor Carey Sienicki:
Good Evening. Before we begin… to my right, you will notice an empty chair, draped with sash and a flower. It is with heavy hearts that we must report that our beloved colleague and Mayor, M. Jane Seeman, passed away yesterday, February 23, 2014, after a courageous year-long battle with lung cancer. We first extend our deepest sympathies to the Colbert and Seeman families, for the passing of their beloved mother and grandmother. Mayor Seeman has left us all with the legacy of how to be a model citizen, through her leadership, education and service to community with a caring compassion to others.
Over her nearly half a century in Vienna, she has left a positive impact on this town through her selfless commitment to creating a better, more vibrant community. Her loving hand and infectious smile has embellished many places within our Town, in the schools, libraries and organizations where she taught and volunteered much of her time, but most especially, in Vienna’s gardens and public spaces such as the Town Green, Maple Avenue, Community Center, and Town Hall. Jane has truly left this world a better place and we are privileged to have known such a wonderful person who will live forever within the heart of Vienna. At this moment we ask you pause for a moment of silence in her honor.
Friday, Feb 28
A pleasant sunny, but cool day. The huge chapel of the Presbyterian Church was barely enough to accommodate the mourners who turned out to say farewell to Mayor Jane Seeman. The story of her remarkable life was told best by her family members, who described it in terms of sharing, commitment, fun, achievement, and love.
“She left too early,” her son said. “But then, she did more than could be expected in ten lifetimes.”
The flags stood at half mast as Jane rode past what she considered one of her best accomplishments, the Vienna Town Green. Thoughtfully, a dozen buses were provided to take her friends to her burial service in Oakton’s Flint Hill Cemetery. Else, the procession would have been miles long