UPDATE Friday: Town offices will close on Friday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to allow employees to attend the late Mayor M. Jane Seeman’s funeral. Seeman passed away on Sunday, Feb. 23, surrounded by her family after succumbing to a long battle with lung cancer.
The funeral will be held on Friday, February 28, at 2 p.m. at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park Street NE. In addition, visiting hours will be held on Thursday, February 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 Maple Avenue W.
Residents and businesses wishing to pay water bills, business licenses and other fees can visit the Finance department located in Town Hall, 127 Center Street S, before 1 p.m. on Friday, drop payments off in the drop box (checks only) located on the front of Town Hall or pay online at www.viennava.gov. All other Town services and programs will be available until 1 p.m. on Friday.
Classes and programs that begin between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street SE, on Friday will be cancelled and the building will be closed to the public during that time. The building will reopen and programs will resume at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Trash and recycling will be collected as normal on Friday. Public safety services will not be impacted.
A funeral will be held today (Friday) at 2 p.m. for longtime Vienna Mayor M. Jane Seeman at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park Street NE, to be immediately followed by a burial at Flint Hill Cemetery and reception at Vienna Presbyterian.
The Town of Vienna is mourning the passing of Seeman, who died surrounded by her family Sunday, when she succumbed to her long battle with lung cancer, according to a news release from the Town of Vienna.
Seeman was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer in June of last year and has since been receiving treatment while continuing to serve as Mayor.
“Mayor Seeman has left us all with the legacy of how to be a model citizen, through her leadership, education and service to the community with a caring compassion to others,” said Vice Mayor Carey Sienicki. “She has left a positive impact on this town through her selfless commitment dedicated to preserving the best of Vienna while always striving to build a better, more vibrant community. Jane has truly left this world a better place and we are privileged to have known such a wonderful person who will live forever within the heart of Vienna.”
Seeman has been a resident of Vienna since 1968 and was first appointed to serve on Town Council in 1996 to fill the unexpired term of her late husband Councilman Rodger Seeman. She was then elected to Council for two consecutive terms in 1997 and 1999, and has served as Mayor since being elected to the seat in 2000. In December of last year she announced her retirement and her decision not to seek re-election in the May 6, 2014 Town election.
The Vienna Town Council has forty-five (45) days to appoint an individual to fulfill the Mayor’s unexpired term, which will end on June 30, 2014. Until an appointment is made, Vice Mayor Carey Sienicki will serve in the Mayor’s capacity.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in Mayor Seeman’s honor to the Rotary Club of Vienna, Inc. or the American Cancer Society.