Jean K. Kucera
Jean Katherine Kucera died Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Startex, S.C. She was born in New York City on March 2, 1930. She attended the Art Student League in NYC in the 1940s. There, she embodied all that was bold and new and energetic in the post-war art scene and its vibrant world of artists and intellectuals. Jean lived her life as an evolving work of art and continued to paint and draw as well as to orchestrate beauty around her. Her homes were graced with her hand-painted murals and beautiful objects d’art made by friends and family or discovered at estate sales.
As a long time resident of Middlesex County, she managed The Dragon Run Country Store on Route 17 in Church View where she was able to share her artistic vision with its patrons. Jean was an independent thinker and a Roosevelt Democrat, followed politics closely, and was a passionate advocate for social justice. Her sense of style, her art, her intellectual curiosity and her open heart were gifts to the people who loved her.
She is predeceased by her parents, Irene Elizabeth and Charles Martin Alexander of Deltaville; and by both her brothers, John E. Alexander and Charles M. Alexander. She is also predeceased by her beloved husband of seven years, Philadelphia artist John Peter Kucera; her second husband, James Wilson Ware, a well-known watercolor artist of Chesapeake Bay scenes; and her first husband, Leonard Rosenfeld, a New York artist.
She is survived by her four children, Michele Lorel Dickinson, Francesca Pastine, James Patrick Ware, and Michael Christopher Ware.
This September a private service and the interment of her ashes next to her beloved brother, Charles M. Alexander, will be held at the Head of Christiana Cemetery in Newark, Del. Because of her strong support for progressive causes, in lieu of flowers the family would appreciate memorial donations to be sent to the Middlesex County Democratic Committee in care of Robert Reed, 72 Stoney Drive, Hardyville, VA 23070.