Jane Thompson Obituary – The Providence Journal

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Jane K. Thompson, aged 92, of Norwell, MA, died on December 14, 2021 in Providence, RI. Born Jane Gerrit Kremers on May 28, 1929 in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of Margaret Grace (Burling) and Ernest Kremers. As a child, she lived in Lewiston Heights, NY, where she recalled “hopping around in the hay and playing pretend games.” She attended the three-room schoolhouse in Lewiston Heights and eventually attended Northampton School for Girls (MA) for a year in preparation for Smith College, where her mother enrolled her at birth. In 1950, she graduated from Smith and married Jack Monroe Thompson. She raised four children while earning a Masters of Social Work from Boston College and embarked on a career as a licensed clinical social worker. In the 1970s, while working at Brown University, she became an equal pay champion – winning a lawsuit against the university for gender discrimination in salary. Once she retired, she devoted herself to genealogy research and published the award-winning “The Burling Books: Ancestors and Descendants of Edward and Grace Burling, Quakers (1600-2000).” Jane married Henry Irvin (Hank) Stahr, Jr. in 1986. They shared a love of family, reading, games, competition croquet, scrabble, sailing and travel. She and Hank lived on First Cliff, Scituate for 28 years.

Jane was predeceased in 2014 by her husband Hank, and her older sisters Martha Burling (Kremers) Whitmore and Ann Lee (Kremers) Currie. She is survived by her children Andrew Thompson (Loren Brigham) of Providence, RI; Christopher Thompson (Deborah Waters Thompson) of Smithfield, RI; Mary Thompson (Joan Connors) of Moose Pass, AK and Geneva, Switzerland; James Thompson (Pamela Storey) of Jamestown, RI; and stepchildren John Stahr (Jennifer Jonas Stahr) of Hingham, MA; Carol Stahr Savage (James Savage) of Winchester, MA; and Tricia Stahr (Mark Cwetna) from the Netherlands, CO. She also leaves behind seven Thompson grandchildren: Jessica Rohrbaugh (and daughter Mia); Adrian (Caroline Wheeler), Garrett (fiance Sara Plotkin), Benjamin, Julia (Fletcher Bonin), Lily and Aimei Thompson; as well as six Stahr grandchildren: Stephen, David and Alexandra Stahr and Laura, Elizabeth (fiance John Hibbard) and Emily Savage.

Donations can be made on Jane’s behalf to Hope Health Hospice, 1085 N Main St., Providence, RI 02904, or to your local food bank. Jane’s full obituary is posted at https://www.thequinnfuneralhome.com/obituaries/obituary-listings.

Posted online on 09 January 2022

Published in Providence Journal, Providence Journal

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