Jane Sugarman

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Jane Sugarman

December 25, 1950 ~ November 10, 2014 (age 63)


GREENSBORO - Jane Sugarman died peacefully at home on November 10th in the
loving presence of her closest family. She leaves behind circles of kin
and friends who loved her dearly, who knew that she loved them as dearly in
return, and whose loyalty, solid character, radiant spirit, and sense of
humor defined a uniquely wonderful human being.

 Jane was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on December 25, 1950, to
Gladys Packer Sugarman and Seymour Sugarman. She graduated with honors from
B. M. C. Durfee High School, with a degree in studio art and art history
from Brandeis University, and with a master’s degree in art conservation
from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum. In 1988 she began her
private practice as a paper conservator in Greensboro, where she served a
large number of satisfied museums and private collectors until her
retirement in 2012.

 Jane was a consummate artist in a wide range of media: sculpture in
stone, clay, and bronze; weaving on warp-weighted and harness looms; and painting
on silk. Her silk scarves were as varied in design as they were intensely
beautiful. She delighted to give them away. Her home on Woodlawn Avenue,
where she and Ken lived since 1978, became the even richer treasure that
it is primarily because of her vision and etermination. She knew when she was

 Jane loved to cook, and especially to cook for friends, whose visits were
a source of abounding delight. She crafted a Haggadah to her special
liking—she was, after all, a priestess in the Temple of Womenspirit—and
led a seder that welcomed an evolving selection of special friends. On
Christmas day, her birthday, Jane and Ken prepared a bounteous spread to
feed a chaotically diverse yet always harmoniously interacting stream of
friends. These were the two special events that highlighted her year.

 Jane and Ken would always tell people that the Farmers’ Market was the
best thing in Greensboro, and they never missed a Saturday morning market
when they were in town. She loved the community of vendors and customers
defined by each other’s participation, and delighted in schmoozing at
length with her special market friends. The visit to the Farmer’s Market
highlighted each week of the year through the cycle of seasons.

 Jane met her partner, Ken Caneva, on July 30, 1970, the date they
celebrated as the earth-bound beginning of their star-fated relationship.
The forty-four years they were together gave each a sense of joy and
peace, of excitement and adventure, of love and of the satisfaction derived from
the enjoyment of the everyday pleasures of living together. Alongside Ken,
Jane leaves behind sisters Bahira Sugarman and Nancy Wolk with their
spouses Rabbi Shaya Isenberg and Howard Wolk, nieces Lisa Larcenaire,
Sarah Bechta, and Amy Belville with their spouses Dave, Paul, and Dean, and grand
nieces and nephews Julia and William Larcenaire, Jamie and Laine Bechta,
and Anna and Sadie Belville. She also leaves behind inlaws, cousins, and
dear friends too numerous to mention but no less loved. She will be

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Greensboro or
Caring Bridge, to both of which we are deeply indebted for easing this

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