Vienna Mayor M. Jane Seeman Dies

Seeman was diagnosed with lung cancer last year.

Patch file photo: Vienna Mayor Jane Seeman. Credit: Patch. Patch file photo: Vienna Mayor Jane Seeman. Credit: Patch.
Patch file photo: Vienna Mayor Jane Seeman. Credit: Patch. Patch file photo: Vienna Mayor Jane Seeman. Credit: Patch.
Mayor M. Jane Seeman, a resident of Vienna since 1968, has died. Seeman, who died Sunday, according to Town of Vienna spokeswoman Kirstyn Barr, served on the Vienna Town Council since 1996 and was first elected mayor in 2000.

Seeman, who has served as the town's top leader for more than a decade, was diagnosed last year with lung cancer. She was receiving treatment for the illness. She was first elected Mayor in the year 2000 and was re-elected in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. 

She recently said she would not be running for another term as mayor. 

"She will continue to serve as Vienna’s Mayor while she is battling this illness," the town said in a statement last summer.

Seeman was in her seventh term as Vienna's mayor. She and her family have deep roots in the area: Seeman has lived in Vienna since 1968. And before she took the reigns as mayor, her husband, the late Rodger W. Seeman, had served on the town council for a decade before his death 17 years ago. 

Read: Mayor Candidate Jane Seeman

Jane Seeman was appointed to fill his unexpired term in 1996, then went on to win two more council seats, in 1997 and 1999, on her own.

"This town has been so good to my family and to me and it’s just he place that I love," Seeman told Patch last year.

If you would like to send a note of condolence to the family, cards can be sent in care to the Town Clerk’s Office at: 127 Center Street S, Vienna, VA 22180.

"You're a fighter and you have an army fighting for you and with you," one resident wrote on the Mayor's facebook page last year.

Prior to assuming office she was the former Chairman of the Community Enhancement  Commission; she represented the Town on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Towns Association of Northern Virginia, Environmental Policy Steering Committee, the Tysons Partnership and the Greater Tysons Coordinating Committee.

She was a member of Historic Vienna Inc., Rotary Club of Vienna and other community organizations; she also volunteered more than 3,000 hours at Patrick Henry Library. She received the Vienna Toastmasters Community and Leadership Award in 1997; in 1999 she was named Citizen of the Year by the Vienna Times and Vienna Chamber of Commerce and received the Rotary “Service Above Self Award.”

Mayor Seeman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Economics from Fort Hays Kansas State College.

What are your memories of Mayor Seeman? Share them in the comments box below.
Gretchen Schofield February 23, 2014 at 09:07 PM
Rest in peace. You will be missed. Thank you for everything you did for Vienna.
Paruti Family February 23, 2014 at 09:30 PM
Mayor Jane...I will miss you more than words can ever say. You were a very special lady...a wonderful neighbor and friend. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication over the years. Vienna loves you! - Loretta Paruti ***** I love you Mayor Jane...we will continue to help take care of Oliver for you. - Allison Paruti (9) ***** Thank you for everything you did for Vienna...we will miss you Mayor Seeman. - your neighbor Mike Paruti
Petra Engle February 23, 2014 at 09:44 PM
So sad, someone who truly loved our town. RIP, Mayor Seeman.
John Smith February 24, 2014 at 07:31 AM
Thank you for all you've done for our town, Mayor Seeman. Your legacy of loving care will long live on; rest in peace.
Vienna School of Rock February 24, 2014 at 07:42 AM
We will miss our dear Mayor Jane. She was one of a kind and her leadership has made this town an extraordinary place for us. Heartfelt condolences to her family and to all of us who will miss this lovely woman.
Mickey Acock February 24, 2014 at 08:06 AM
Lived across the street from the Seemans for 12 years - our kids played together, and she was a very special person to us, and we still exchanged Christmas cards. She will be greatly missed and much sympathy to all of the family.
Devorah Brehony February 24, 2014 at 08:38 AM
We will miss you Mayor Jane! You were a remarkable leader, and your legacy will remain with Vienna forever! We were lucky to count you among our friends. Déva and JP Brehony
Deb Smith-Cohen February 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Patrick Henry Library staff will sorely miss this able, charming, and generous soul who volunteered for so many years.
Ellen Fitzpatrick February 24, 2014 at 11:31 AM
We are so very sorry to hear this sad news. Jane was a very special lady with a gift for connecting with people straight from the heart. Now our hearts go out to her and all of her family and friends in their sorrow.
Frank Torre February 24, 2014 at 07:13 PM
Very Sad News, She was a great mayor and a really nice person. Regards to her surviving family.
Valerie Willcox February 25, 2014 at 06:42 AM
Saw her at an open house last November and she was as gracious as ever. Rest in Peace sweet lady.
Scott Silverthorne February 27, 2014 at 09:01 PM
Mayor Seeman was a friend and mentor. I appreciated her warmth and courage in leading the Town, even through this very difficult period. Her direct style was something I've tried to emulate as mayor in the City of Fairfax. Tomorrow, all City of Fairfax flags will be flown at have mast in her honor. I'll miss you terribly.


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