Jane Newman, former Weston school librarian

Jane Newman, a long-time Stamford resident and former resident of Weston, died Monday night, July 9 at the age of 83.

Jane NewmanDaughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, friend, school librarian and world traveler — she handled each of these roles with love and intelligence.

Jane Monell Cooper was born August 25, 1928 in Meadowbrook, NY, the second of four children of Florence and James Cooper. She attended a one-room schoolhouse, leaving upstate New York to attend New York University. In 1948, she married Frank Pomerantz, first settling in Queens and then moving to Weston in 1955.

Jane completed her college education and ultimately obtained both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in library science from Southern Connecticut State College, after which she worked for many years in the Weston public school system as the elementary school librarian.

After Jane and Frank divorced in the late 1970s, Jane met Robert Newman, and they married in 1981. The couple lived in Springdale for many years. They were enthusiastic world travelers, with a penchant for unusual destinations — Papua New Guinea, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and many more. Bob died in 2005, and Jane later moved to Edgehill Retirement Community in Stamford, where she lived until her death.

Jane was also an avid and adventurous reader and enjoyed playing the piano and regularly completing the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle (in pen!).

Jane is survived by her three children: Jeffrey Pomerantz (and wife Donna Greene) of Greenburgh, NY, Linda Novis (and husband Joel) of Longmeadow, MA and Nora Pomerantz (and husband Alan Singer) of Philadelphia, PA; five grandchildren, Daniel, Serena, Alexandra, Anna and Joshua; a brother, James Cooper, and a sister, Mary Polakov.

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