Jane Stewart Young

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Concord, Mass. — Jane Stewart Young, 89, died at Rivercrest in Concord on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. She grew up in Stamford, Conn. and lived in Dedham, Mass.; Norwich, Vt.; Charlottesville, Va., Dublin, N.H. (among other places) before finally moving in 2011 to Newbury Court in Concord.

Jane was born in New York City, on Aug. 10, 1928, the daughter of Sarah (Klebs) and Rev. Dr. George Stewart. She was very proud of her family ancestry and of numerous extended family relations. Jane was the granddaughter of Margaret (Forbes) and Dr. Arnold C. Klebs, physician, of Chicago and Nyon Switzerland; great-granddaughter of the notable Dr. T. A. Edwin Klebs, German-Swiss pathologist/physician, and great-great-granddaughter of John Murray Forbes, industrialist and financier of Milton, Mass.

Jane attended the Brearley School, graduated from Milton Academy 1946, and attended Bennington College for two years before marrying and raising her children. As a teenager during WWII, Jane encouraged her mother to move the family from Stamford, Conn. to their summer home in Harrisville, N.H., resulting in a strong kinship with the Dublin/Monadnock region over the years. A creative gardener, cook, and decorator, Jane moved and renovated numerous homes over her lifetime so she could entertain family and friends with a tasteful flair. Jane loved classical music, the Episcopal hymnal, Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and was a devoted supporter of the Boston Symphony. Jane also sang in various choral groups and church choirs, enjoyed playing the piano (especially duets) and playing the violin and viola with local music groups such as Monadnock Music, Apple Hill, and Sudbury Savoyards, as well orchestral groups at Harvard and Dartmouth.

She is survived by her five children: George Stewart Young, of Lincoln, Mass., Muffy (Esther Baker) Young, of Waltham, Mass., Amelia Jones Young Rodríguez Tigner, of Fairfield, Pa., John Dexter Young, of Cambridge, Mass., and Jane Forbes Young, of Putney, Vt.; six grandchildren: Dr. Alexander Stewart Young, Sophie Margaret DeHainaut, August Dexter DeHainaut, Maj. John Paul Rodriguez USA, Jesse Conrad Grillo, and Caleb Forbes Grillo; as well as three nieces; two nephews; and their numerous children/grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her three sisters: Mary Stewart Meath Doyle Hewitt (2010), Anne Stewart (2003), and Sarah Malcolm Stewart Preston (1990); as well all of her former husbands: John Dexter Young Sr, Edward Dale Toland Jr, and Dr. William Vincent McDermott.

A memorial service will be held at 100 Newbury Court, Concord, Mass., on Saturday, March 10 at 10 a.m. with a light reception to follow. Burial will be in the Dublin Cemetery in the spring, and another family memorial service, in honor of her 90th year, is planned for August 10th at Timmy Point on Uncatena Island.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that gifts in her memory may be made to the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum, 396 County St, New Bedford, Mass.

The Concord Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.