In Memory

Jane St. Clair

Jane Elfred St. Clair, 93, passed away on the morning of Dec. 25, 2010, at the Park Vista Skilled Nursing Facility in Fullerton.
Jane St. Clair was born Bernice Jane Elfred on July 7, 1917, in Missouri.  She is the daughter of Frank Stillman Elfred and Bernice Wynn Elfred.  Jane spent her formative years in Baxter Springs, Kan., while her father managed lead and zinc mines in the area.  She attended Stevens College and the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., and attained her degree from Katherine Gibbs in New York City.
After working in New York City, Jane returned to Baxter Springs for a Christmas visit in 1942.  Her lifelong friend Rodman Allen St. Clair was home on leave from the US Army Air Corp and their relationship turned into romance.  Jane and Rod were married on March 7, 1942, and they moved to Fresno, Calif., where Rod began his flight training.
While Rod was overseas, Jane went to live with her parents in Alton and gave birth to their first son Stillman Elfred St. Clair. Upon Rod's return from the war, they spent time in Colorado Springs and Denver, Colo., where their second son Rodman Allen Jr. was born.  They returned to Alton in 1953.The family next moved to New Haven, Conn., where Jane became involved with both community service for the Red Cross and a children's home for the mentally disabled.  Upon Rod's retirement in 1975, they returned to Alton where they devoted their energies to civic affairs throughout the Alton area and the state of Illinois.  
Jane and her husband believed strongly in community service and gained a great deal of satisfaction helping others.  They established the Rodman A. and Jane E. St. Clair Endowment Trust Fund to provide continued funding for the FS Visiting Nurses Association.  Jane also provided support to the River Bend United Way, United Way of Illinois, Saint Anthony's Hospital, Alton Memorial Hospital, Boy Scouts, Alton Community Service League, and the Lewis and Clark Community College.  In 1995, Jane and Rod received the prestigious Caring Award given annually by the FS Visiting Nurses Association to individuals who have achieved excellence in health, education, or social service.
Jane's greatest pride was her family.  She is survived by her two sons and their wives, Sandy Swanson St. Clair and Kristin Magoni St. Clair.  She is also survived by six grandchildren and their wives, Scott and Jeanette St. Clair of Raleigh, N.C., Bill and Dena St. Clair Imbergamo of Vienna, Va., Scott and Amy St. Clair Day of San Mateo, Calif., Elizabeth St. Clair of Washington, DC, Cameron St. Clair of Encinitas, CA, and Tom and Marra St. Clair of Newport Beach, CA and five great grandchildren.
Jane is greatly loved and will missed by all of her family, friends and associates but her spirit will live on in each of us.
A private family service will be held on Friday, Dec. 31, in Brea, Calif.  
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Alton or the United Way of Alton.