"Lani" (Lansing-Jones), 90, formerly of Glastonbury, CT
died peacefully on March 24, 2012 after a brief illness in Cambridge,
Born in Brooklyn,
NY to the late Carl and Ruth (Searle) Lansing-Jones, Lani graduated
from Newington High School and attended Emerson College and the
University of Connecticut. One of the first woman radio announcers
in Connecticut, she was a pioneer in the broadcasting industry.
In 1944 she hosted the talk show "You are the Government" on WDRC
and in the 1960's she was the announcer for WTIC's afternoon classical
music program. Lani also was a talented writer who worked as a reporter
for the Hartford Courant and the Glastonbury Citizen and as Executive
Director of the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce.
In 1953 she
and her late husband, George R. Jurev, settled in Glastonbury where
Lani was an active participant in local politics and a passionate
and effective advocate for many causes including women's rights
and conservation of natural resources. After retirement she volunteered
for CRIS radio and at the Herbert T. Clark House in Glastonbury,
where she conducted discussions about public affairs with senior
citizen residents. An avid horsewoman in her youth, she loved opera
and Greek and Roman mythology and cherished her many close friends.
by her husband, George R. Jurev, she is survived by her daughter
Lark (Jurev) Palermo of Brookline, Massachusetts, President and
CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston. She is also survived
by two brothers, Searle Lansing-Jones of New Harmony, Utah and Roger
Lansing-Jones of Foster, Rhode Island, and two grandchildren, Justin
and Alden Palermo, also of Brookline, Massachusetts.
"Lani" (Lansing-Jones) Jurev
memorial service was held in the Congregational Church in South
Glastonbury on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 11:00am. In lieu
of flowers, donations are requested in Lani's memory to Friends
of the Welles-Turner Library, 2407 Main Street, Glastonbury,
CT 06033 or to Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, Inc. 240
Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109.