Lasting Memories

Jane Wilson
Nov. 18, 1916-Feb. 17, 2013
Palo Alto, California

Jane Wilson, a resident of Channing House since 1988, died on February 17, 2013, at age 96. She moved to Palo Alto in 1953.

Jane Hamilton Knapp was born in Chicago in 1916, the daughter of Dr. Harry Knapp and Marguerite Henry Knapp. She attended Beloit College, where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.

There Jane met Ben Wilson, a chemical engineer, and they were married in Chicago in 1938. After living in Chicago and Ridgewood, NJ, Ben accepted a job as an industrial executive in Redwood City, and the Wilson family moved to Palo Alto in 1953. Ben and Jane moved into Channing House in 1988, where they were avid bridge players and Jane managed the gift shop. Ben died in 2003.

Jane was a wonderful homemaker, cook, and seamstress. She loved to travel, including visits to four of Palo Alto’s sister cities and numerous trips to Denmark. She was a docent at the Stanford Art Museum for many years.

Survivors include son Paul of Kensington and daughter Anne Alexander of Hornbaek, Denmark; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A son Bradley and a daughter Peggy predeceased her.

No services are planned.