Mrs. Jane Howard (née Inez Jane Pettem) died peacefully on February 2, 2017 in Arlington, VA at the age of 82. Mrs. Howard is survived by her daughters, Lisa Howard-Grabman and Jennifer Howard, son, William Howard, daughter-in-law Jennifer Howard, sons-in-law Robert Grabman and Anthony Sforza, grandchildren Jesse and Sarah Grabman, Rebecca Howard, and Dorothy and Danny Pitti. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Seymour Howard, her second husband Armin Fried, and her grandson, Frankie Pitti.
Jane was born on November 4, 1934 in Elizabeth, NJ to Arthur and Inez Pettem. She graduated from Cornell University in 1956 with a degree in Home Economics. She married Seymour “Sy” Howard, an attorney in 1958 in New York City. Soon after their marriage, they moved to Syosset, NY, where they raised three children together and Jane launched her own business as a photographer. They enjoyed volunteering at their children’s school events, boating, bridge games, socializing with friends and raising and showing silver Persian cats. When their children were grown, they moved to Milford, PA where they enjoyed entertaining friends and their family including their new grandchildren. Jane cared for her husband Seymour for several years until he passed away in 1998. She was remarried in 2004 to Armin Fried, a retired CPA and holocaust survivor, until he passed away in 2012. She loved her family, friends, photography, painting, music, dancing, interior design, nature, cats, birds and flowers.
A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday, February 12 at 11:00 am at Advent Funeral Services at 7211 Lee Highway in Falls Church, VA. Rabbah Arlene Berger will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jane’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Insight Memory Care Center or the Audubon Society.