Jane Winings Denk of Devon

Jane Winings Denk of Devon, fondly known as “Aunt Jane” by neighbors and friends throughout the country, died at age 91, on July 2. Born Oct. 19, 1923 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late L. Paul Winings and Marguerite Hoak Winings and was the wife of the late William E. Denk.

A 1941 graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland, she attended American University until her education was interrupted by WWII, when her family relocated to the Philadelphia Area. She continued her studies at Temple University, and was a Life Member of Kappa Delta Sorority.

During World War II, she served as production manager of the Advertising Department at Gimbels in Philadelphia.

She was an active member of the Baptist Church in the Great Valley and served as circle leader and Women’s Society officer as well as the annual Fall Bazaar chairperson for many years.

Her articles for the King of Prussia Historical Society Gazette were instrumental in saving the old King of Prussia Inn from the wrecking ball in 1956.

Along with her husband Bill, she served 15 years as secretary-treasurer of the Antique Radio Club of America as well as Treasurer of the Friends of the Tredyffrin Library.

She was active in the early days of the U.S. government’s Head Start programs; Freedom Valley Girl Scouts serving as troop leader and cookie chairperson; Devon-Strafford Needlework Guild; the Community Garden Club of Wayne; the Berwyn Garden Club, and was a volunteer and auxiliary board officer at the Cathcart Health Center (now Devon Senior Living).

In addition, Jane was a secret poet and wrote poetry annually for the Berwyn Garden Club Yearbook as well as for friends and other organizations.

She is survived by her daughters Sally Denk Hoey (Tom) of West Chester and Patricia Ann Smith (Brian) of Arizona, Colorado and West Virginia.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was pre deceased by her brother L. Paul Winings Jr.

The family would like to thank the nurses and aides of Main Line Hospice for their love, care and compassion. A memorial service is being planned for the early fall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, PA 19333.

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