Jean Williams Ware, age 62, of Klinger Lake, Sturgis, Michigan passed away Friday morning January 17, 2014 at her home.
She was born June 30, 1951 in Wauseon, Ohio daughter of Donald and Grace (Willson) Williams. Her early life and growing up years was lived in Delta, Ohio.
Jean was living and working in Chicago when she built a home on Klinger Lake in 1988. On May 18, 1996 she married David Ware in Barrington, Illinois, and they began to live on Klinger Lake full time a few years later.
She retired in 1998 from the Chicago Board Options Exchange following 17 years of service. She was also an advisor for Barrington Capital Management.
Jean was a graduate of the Ohio State University where she received her Bachelor Degree and the University of Denver receiving her Master’s Degree.
She was a member of the Klinger Lake Country Club. She loved playing cards and belonged to Bridge Clubs and several card groups. She enjoyed playing Mahjong, traveling, sightseeing and was an avid reader. Jean was a gifted athlete excelling in nearly any sport she tried, but she truly loved the game of golf.
It seemed Jean was constantly looking for ways to help others especially young people, and two of the many organizations she supported were the University of Michigan and the College of the Ozarks in Missouri.
She is survived by her husband: David Ware; two step-daughters: Liza (Dustin) Colclough of La Crosse, Wisconsin and Johanna (Tony) Kullen of Portland, Oregon; one step-son: Adam (Gina) Ware of Portland, Oregon; three step-grandchildren: Rohm, Ozzie and Francis Ware; Mother: Grace Williams of Toledo, Ohio; Sisters: Sue (Jack) Bowerman of Tampa, Florida, Patty (John) Berman of Madison, Wisconsin, Martha (Ed) Krammer, Kate Williams and Jackie (Ted) Riley all of Toledo, Ohio; one brother: Donald Williams, Jr. of Orlando, Florida; eight nieces and nephews and seven great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father and one daughter: Kelly Jean McKinnell, June 29, 2003.
In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service celebrating the life of Jean W. Ware will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, Jan. 25th at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes – Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-3284. The Rev. Cannon Meredith Hunt, Rector Retired of St. John’s Episcopal Church will officiate.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations would be appreciated in Jean’s memory to the Sturgis Community Foundation, 310 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091 or Reverence Home Health and Hospice, 348 N. Burdick St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.