Margaret Jane Cook Hadley, age 95, with her family around her, passed away peacefully, Feb 23, 2010, at the Chatsworth, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Jane, as she was known by her close friends and family, was born to Lloyd and Jessie Cook on February 21, 1915 in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Earlier Cook family members were among the earliest settlers in this beautiful area of Wisconsin. Lloyd had a growing photo finishing business and decided to move the business and family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jane attended Washington High School, then Milwaukee Downer College, and then the University of Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, having studied under Edwin Kappellman. Following graduation she studied with Arthur Rubinstein to be a concert pianist. While in Chicago, Jane met and later married Delbert James Cook (of Chicago). They were married on February 25th of 1939, at the Whitefish Bay Community Church. Delbert and Jane had four children, (Barbara, Robert, James and John). The family moved over the years living in different states from Wisconsin to Connecticut to Maryland. Delbert and Jane eventually separated and were divorced in 1965. Later, in Milwaukee, Jane happened to meet again her childhood sweetheart, Richard Langdon Hadley. They were married February 21, 1965, and soon thereafter moved to West Lafayette, Indiana, Richard's home.
Throughout her life Jane was a proud member of the DAR, (Daughters of the American Revolution, General de Lafayette Chapter). She served the organization in various capacities including that of Regent and serving on several committees of the Indiana DAR. Jane was a lifelong advocate and supporter of the Republican Party and served as president of the Indiana GOP during the 1980s. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a sorority for professional musicians. Jane loved her family, and devoted her life to her four children. She was an accomplished homemaker and decorator. She loved making a house a home, cooking, exchanging recipes, making new friends, genealogy and world travel.
Following the death of Richard Hadley, in 1980, Jane relocated to Boca Raton, Florida where she spent many happy years as an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Boca Raton. In 2004 she moved to Devonshire retirement community in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. There she made many friends. Three of her children moved to Florida, (Barbara, Robert and James). She loved having them nearby. Jane and Barbara attended the First Presbyterian Church of North Palm Beach, Florida.
Jane enjoyed a lifelong interest in genealogy. She made numerous trips to research her forbearers and to follow their migratory path from England, Wales, Scotland and Germany, across the Atlantic, to Connecticut, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Texas and California. In Europe, Jane and her youngest son John loved visiting the homes of ancestors who had immigrated from England and France. Jane was proud of her family heritage which included many notable individuals, Lemuel Cook, the last survivor of the American Revolution, and Homer Cook who traveled as far west as California. Jane hoped her family would love and carry on with all her family research and history.
Jane is survived by her daughter, Barbara Cook, of Tequesta, FL; her three sons, Robert Cook of Naples, FL; James Cook of West Palm Beach, FL; and John Cook and his wife Tania, of Zurich, Switzerland; by her dear sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth (Bettye) and William Smith of Mequon, WI; by her grandson Richard Zurawski and wife Jill of Howard Lake, MN; by her granddaughter, Debra and husband, Christopher Waller of Roswell, GA; by her grandson, Robert Cook of West Lafayette, IN; her granddaughter Brandi Miller of Lafayette, IN; and by her granddaughter, Shelley Cook of Zurich, Switzerland; and by her six great grandchildren Tyler and Kayla Miller, Natalie and Phillip Waller, and Kalyn and Abby Zurawski.
A memorial service for Jane will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach, Florida on Mar 2, 2010. The funeral service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Burial will be at the Rock Lake Cemetery in Lake Mills, Wisconsin where Jane's parents, brother and many of her family ancestors are buried.
Elizabeth Cook Smith
Jane Cook Hadley
1915 - 2010
A "Daughters of the American Revolution" grave marker has been attached to Jane's grave stone.
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