EL DORADO – Ware, Jane Casper, 85, died April 4, 2015, in El Dorado, where she had resided for over 50 years. She was born Feb. 14, 1930, in Topeka, Kan. to Dr. Joseph T. and Marian Veal Casper. Jane graduated from Topeka High School in 1948, Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. in 1950, and the University of Missouri in 1952, all with honors. She was awarded a Masters Degree in Education from Wichita State University. As a teacher and administrator in Wichita Public Schools for over 20 years, Jane was especially recognized for her role in the founding of Wichita Metro High School. Her colleague Clara Johnson and she were the first two women principals of public high schools in the state of Kansas. In 1983, because of her experiences in leading alternative education, she was invited to testify before the health and education committee of the U.S. Senate. Following her retirement from USD 259, Jane undertook study to join the clergy of the Episcopal Church, and she was ordained a deacon in 1995. Jane was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph T. Casper Jr. of Topeka; and her husband, Joe F. Ware of El Dorado. She is survived by her three children, J. Anthony Ware of Indianapolis, Ind., Mariann Ware Bardezbain of Wichita, and Bryan C. Ware of Reno, Nev. and their spouses. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Gabriel Ware, Rachel Haynes-Ware, Emily Jane Dorosz, Amy Bardezbain, Will Bardezbain, Lila Ware, and Cameron Ware. Memorial service 10 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Trinity Episcopal Church, El Dorado. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Jane’s memory can be directed to the Trinity Episcopal Church or the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Foundation for the SBA Cancer Center, also in El Dorado.
Source: Wichita Eagle, The (KS) – Tuesday, April 7, 2015