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BARTHOLOMEW, Jane L. Jane L. Bartholomew, of Simsbury, died Wednesday, (November 19, 2008) at Hughes Convalescent Home, West Hartford. Born Jane Elizabeth Creighton Leavitt on August 5, 1925, to the late V. Russell and H. Edna (Rice) Leavitt, she was the granddaughter of the late Charles and Anna (Hoagland) Rice of West Hartford. She attended Beach Park School, and entered The Oxford School in 1935, graduating from there in 1943, and later attended Bennington College. A former member of The Junior League of Hartford and The Town and County Club of Hartford, she was past president of the Oxford School Alumnae Association and served on their Board of Trustees. A long time member of Asylum Hill Congregational Church, she served time on their board of music. She was a member of the Simsbury Historical Society as well as the CT Historical Society, where she spent many hours searching the families of friends, clients and her own ancestry. She also held membership in many organizations dedicated to animal welfare. She was a member of the Connecticut Republicans and was proud to be called a “dyed in the wool Republican”. Jane is survived by her sons, David Creighton Bartholomew and his wife, Peggy of Pleasantville, NY and Richard Brooks Bartholomew of Charleston, SC; and her daughters, Sarah Bennett Babcock (Bartholomew) Amanek and her husband Michael of Lake Forest, CA and Susan Lee (Bartholomew)Cardwell and her husband Garrett of Granby; eight beloved grandchildren, Susan Linn Bartholomew, Katherine Jane (Amanek) Keller, Robert Michael, John Russell and Caroline Paige Amanek, Dana Bartholomew, Randall James and Eliza Grace Cardwell; and 11 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by an infant son, John Paige Bartholomew, II, and her sister, Marion Rice (Leavitt) Beach, and her brother, Brooks Russell Leavitt. Memorial service will be held on Monday, November 24, 11 a.m. at Valley Community Baptist Church, 590 West Avon Rd., Avon. Private burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, it was her hope that contributions in her memory would be made to The Masters School, 36 Westledge Road, W. Simsbury, CT 06092 or to a ministry of the donor’s choice. The Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center of Avon is caring for the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.