Jane Clarren Waldeck

Profile Updated: December 23, 2013
Spouse/Partner: STEVEN WALDECK
Occupation: ARTIST
Children: EMMA BARTON SHINER born 1971
JESS WALDECK born 1975

I started at Coe College but transfered and graduated from Ohio U. in 1965. I worked briefly in New York City and then married O.U. classmate Steven Waldeck in 1966, moved to Berkeley, California, U. of California for his MA studies. We settled in the Chicago area in 1969 when my husband, Steven began teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I became an Artist/Homemaker running our art biz with all of its ups and downs.

In addition to raising my daughter and son, I helped to develop a non-profit organization for support the arts as well as a community orchestra. It prospered for 9 years but sadly when I later left that organization, it withered away, a victim of the political winds.

I never wanted a boring life and I suppose I got my wish. My advice, however, is watch what you wish for. My daughter lived in Asia for a number of years,leading us on unexpected adventures. My 2 grandchildren were born in India and we visited there 5 times. However, after a divorce she returned home with her children and lived with us for 5 years, continuing her education. Her American ex-husband stayed in India.
She is now independant, on her own and recently remarried. My son, his wife and baby boy have so far traveled a path that has been much smoother. They live not far from us. At this point all is well that ends well or so far so good...

My husband retired last year after 40 years teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. We had just became empty nesters again! My daughter and her children had moved to the east coast for her new job. Gone were the baby siting/carpooling and chief cook and bottle washing responsibilities for me. Life now has new possibilities. Steve and I can both be practicing artists again. I never thought I would be so upbeat about the future at this age but it's an interesting time and we have several projects on line.

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Same wonderful cheeks! Happy Birthday!

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