Jane Moss Richey

Jan­uary 12, 1935-Novem­ber 29, 2018

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

Jane Moss Richey died peace­fully on Novem­ber 29 at Fox­dale Vil­lage in State Col­lege.

Jane was born on Jan­uary 12, 1935, in Wy­omiss­ing, Penn­syl­va­nia, the daugh­ter of John Arthur and Chris­tine Hen­shey Moss. Her older brother Arthur died ear­lier but she is sur­vived by her younger sis­ter Chris­tine.

Jane at­tended Wy­omiss­ing pub­lic schools, grad­u­at­ing from high school in 1954. She then en­tered Welles­ley Col­lege and grad­u­ated in 1958 with a ma­jor in chem­istry. Jane worked for two years as a chemist at the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany Scher­ing and took ad­di­tional chem­istry cour­ses at Columbia and Se­ton Hall. In 1958 she en­rolled as a Grad­u­ate Stu­dent in Chem­istry at Penn State. She re­ceived a Ph.D. de­gree in 1962 a few months af­ter mar­ry­ing Her­man Richey, a be­gin­ning As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Chem­istry. In the fol­low­ing years Jane had sev­eral chem­istry re­lated jobs in­clud­ing seven years with the Penn State Depart­ment of Univer­sity Safety as a foren­sic chemist and later teach­ing cour­ses in the Penn State Chem­istry Depart­ment as a Vis­it­ing As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor.

Jane and Her­man had the good for­tune to adopt Su­san, Anna, and Daniel and to have four grand­chil­dren: Re­nee, Se­lena, Mer­ritt (Mimi), and Emily. Her chil­dren were an im­por­tant part of Jane’s life. Some still re­mem­ber the sour­dough bread she baked ev­ery Fri­day when chil­dren were growing up.

Jane was an en­thu­si­as­tic mu­si­cian.She started to learn a string in­stru­ment only af­ter grad­u­a­tion from col­lege. By much ef­fort she be­came a ca­pa­ble vi­o­lin player and later switched to the vi­ola. She was a mem­ber of the Nit­tany Val­ley Sym­phony al­most from its be­gin­ning and also the vi­olist of the Nit­tany String Quar­tet. Jane greatly en­joyed play­ing in in­for­mal cham­ber mu­sic en­sem­bles, of­ten in her home, and at­tended many cham­ber mu­sic work­shops. She later au­dited all of the metal work­ing cour­ses at Penn State, be­came an ac­com­plished metal worker, and set up a metal-work­ing shop in her home.

Jane was very ac­tive in the Uni­tar­ian-Univer­sal­ist Fel­low­ship of Cen­tre County. Among other po­si­tions, she served as Fel­low­ship Pres­i­dent, Sec­re­tary, and Chair of two Min­is­te­rial Search Com­mit­tees. For years she was Ed­i­tor of the Fel­low­ship’s News­let­ter which she greatly en­larged. Over the years she was ac­tive in many other char­i­ta­ble and po­lit­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions and served on State Col­lege Boro Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tees.

On Her­man’s re­tire­ment they moved from Col­lege Heights in State Col­lege to a nearby 1820-1830 log cabin and did ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions and ad­di­tions. Dur­ing th­ese "re­tire­ment" years they trav­eled ex­ten­sively - trips from arc­tic raft­ing to tour­ing China and Thai­land.

In 2008 Jane and Her­man moved to Fox­dale Vil­lage. Only seven weeks later while walk­ing with friends Jane had a rou­tine fall that some­how led to a brain hem­or­rhage. The re­sult was loss of use of her right arm and leg and se­verely lim­ited speech. For sev­eral years she was able to par­tic­i­pate in some ac­tiv­i­ties at Fox­dale. As time went on, how­ever, her ac­tiv­i­ties be­came more and more lim­ited. The fam­ily is grate­ful for the ten years of care that Jane re­ceived in An­thony House.

A cel­e­bra­tion of Jane’s life will be held in the Fox­dale Vil­lage Au­di­to­rium on Satur­day, Jan­uary 12, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flow­ers, make a memo­rial con­tri­bu­tion to the Nit­tany Val­ley Sym­phony at www.nvs.org/do nate/, or the Fox­dale Vil­lage Train­ing and Tu­ition Fund at www.fox­dalevilla .org/home/giv­ing/do­na­teon­line/.

Ar­range­ments are un­der the care of Koch Fu­neral Home, State Col­lege. On­line con­do­lences and sign­ing of the guest­book may be en­tered at www.kochfu­neral home.com.

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