Jane Susan Glasser Frank

August 19, 2021

Obituaries

Newport News—Jane Susan Glasser Frank, 74, passed away Thursday, July 22, 2021 with her children by her side at Riverside Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Norfolk, Va., the daughter of Rose Frances and Bernard Glasser, of blessed memory. She was the wife of 47 years and survived by Joe S. Frank, former Mayor of Newport News and their children: Shelly Ann Currin (Doug) of Newport News, Melissa “Missy” Clagg of Las Vegas, Nev., and Jason G. Frank (Jennifer) of Newport News; seven grandchildren, Justin and Jessica Currin, Brooks, Madison, and Bryce Clagg and Sydney and Carson Frank; three brothers, Stuart Glasser (Sarah), Richard Glasser of blessed memory, Michael Glasser (Lori); brother-in-law, Robert P. Frank (Leslie) and a huge family of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Jane Susan led an exceptional life as a leader both in the Jewish community and the community at large and was widely respected, admired, and appreciated by many. She was president of Rodef Sholom Temple, the Jewish Community Center of the Virginia Peninsula, the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula, a member of the Board of Visitors at Christopher Newport University, and served on many other boards and committees too numerous to mention. Above all else, she was deeply devoted to her family and considered that one of her greatest accomplishments.

She earned a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and loved helping people bring life into their homes and hearts through her gift for interior design and had a successful career with Virginia Commonwealth Realty for over 32 years. She loved to cook, travel (which she and Joe did frequently), never passed up dessert or a dance floor, but most of all to help others in any way she could. She never met a stranger—her warmth, kindness, compassion, and zest for life touched everyone she met in meaningful ways.

A private graveside service for family was followed by a memorial reception at Christopher Newport University Ferguson Center for the Arts. Contributions in her memory can be made to Rodef Sholom Temple, the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula, or another charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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