We were very saddened at the sudden death of a good friend and long-time supporter of HPHA, Mary Jane Clemmer, on May 9, 2015. Mary Jane was currently serving as treasurer of the organization.
from Montgomery Newspapers:
Mary Jane Bertolet Clemmer died unexpectedly on May 9 at her home in Horsham, Montgomery County. She was predeceased last year by her husband of 57 years, Leon Clemmer. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Melrose Park and raised her family in Abington Township.
She was a graduate of Cheltenham High School, Brown University (Pembroke College) and studied at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. Mary Jane was the past president of Jenkintown Day Nursery, The Hannah Penn House for Young Republicans, and the Huntingdon Valley Kennel Club. She was also the first President of the Brown University Alumni Club of Philadelphia. Mary Jane was an active volunteer and served on the Young Republicans of Cheltenham Township, she was a Committeewoman in Abington Township and was currently serving as Judge of Elections in Horsham Township. She also served on the Vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Elkins Park as well as several committees for the Episcopal Diocese of Philadelphia. For many years, she was a local chairman for the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days program.
Along with her husband Leon, she collaborated on many Architectural projects both commercial and residential in the Philadelphia region and Jersey shore.
Mary Jane was also a breeder of prized Bearded Collies. Over the past 30 years, her litters produced over 300 puppies. Four of her own dogs became AKC Champions and 16 of the dogs she bred also became AKC Champions. The Huntingdon Valley Kennel Dog Show on May 31 will be dedicated in her honor.
Mary Jane and Leon were both active members and supporters of HPHA and will be very much missed.