Jane V. Arey, wife of the late Gerald M. “Ish” Arey died on November 5th 2022 at the age of 98 after a lengthy battle with dementia. Born in New York City, she lived most of her childhood in the Philadelphia area. Always athletic, Jane competed in swimming, diving, golf, and field hockey in high school. She attended secretarial school and enjoyed working as a secretary until retirement. While working at Penn State University she met her future husband who had returned from WWII to enroll as a student.
Jane lived and worked in areas of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Connecticut during Ish’s career as a chemical engineer and metallurgist. Upon retirement in 1990 they moved to Aiken to see their treasured grandchildren grow up and Jane rarely missed any of their activities, particularly enjoying watching them play sports. An avid golfer, she enjoyed the women’s golf association at Highland Park Course and was also an active member and volunteer at the Aiken First Presbyterian Church.
Jane was a kind, generous, outgoing person who greeted everyone with a smile and was immediately at ease talking to people from all walks of life. She quickly made friends wherever she went. She was a wonderful, loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved life. She loved people.
In addition to her husband of 64 years, she was predeceased by her parents, William and Jenny Jane Vallar as well as three brothers, Donald, Robert, and William Vallar. She is survived by daughter Margaret Chapin, son-in-law Jay Chapin, grandson Russell Chapin (Erica), granddaughter Ellen Jane Moore (Brad), and four great grandchildren William, Kathryn, Elizabeth, and Margaret.
Reverend Martha Ebel will conduct a private service for the family prior to entombment at the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium.