Following is the obituary for JANE YOUNG, submitted by her family.


Longtime Westport resident and former Representative Town Meeting member Jane Young passed away Sept. 6 in Washington, D.C., with her family offering love and comfort.

Jane was born to Charles and Jane Koval in Detroit, Mich., in 1932 and attended Indiana University, where she was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. 

She and her husband James Edward Young lived in the then-territory of Hawaii, Cleveland and Chicago, before settling in Westport in 1971.

Jane had a career in the insurance industry and worked for MetLife until her retirement. 

She was elected to the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission before serving two terms on the RTM for District 4. 

Jane was passionate about historic preservation during a period when Westport was undergoing pressure for new development. A founding member of Save Westport Now, she worked tirelessly to preserve the Baron’s parkland on the Post Road, the Bridge Street bridge and the former Fairfield Furniture Store across the river from Main Street. She lobbied to extend the borders of the historic downtown district to anticipate expansion in the years to come. 

Jane was an active member of Assumption Church, and she and Ed were founders of a longstanding social club in Westport known as the Turkeys. They traveled extensively throughout the world, including to China and the former Soviet Union before they were open to Western tourism. Jane moved to Iowa City in 2001 to be near family and spent her final years in the Washington, DC area. 

Ed Young passed away in 2008. Jane is survived by her son, Mark Young, and daughter-in-law, Vicki Grassian, of La Jolla, Calif.; her daughter, Gayle Young, and son-in-law, Thomas Carroll, of Washington, D.C.; her brother, David Koval, and her adored granddaughters, Alexandra Young, Jordan Young and Samantha Young.

Her ashes will be interred at Assumption Greens Farms Cemetery at a later date.