Vienna residents are mourning the loss of Town of Vienna Mayor Jane Seeman, who died Sunday.
Seeman was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer last June and continued to serve as mayor while receiving treatment. Seeman, who was 76, announced in December that she would not seek re-election.
“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,” Vice Mayor Carey Sienicki said in a released statement. “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 was appointed to the Vienna Town Council in 1996, to finish the unexpired term of her late husband, Rodger Seeman. She was re-elected to two two-year terms on the council before successfully running for mayor in 2000.
A resident of Vienna since 1968 and active volunteer in multiple organizations, Seeman received a number of community awards recognizing her community service. As mayor, she also represented the town on several regional panels, including the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and the Tysons Partnership.
The Vienna Town Council has 45 days to appoint someone to complete Seeman’s unexpired term, which will end on June 30. Sienicki will fulfill the duties of the mayor until the appointment is made. Town elections are scheduled for May 6.
Visiting hours have been set for Thursday, Feb. 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 Maple Avenue W. in Vienna. A funeral will be held on Friday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park Street NE, to be immediately followed by a burial at Flint Hill Cemetery and reception at Vienna Presbyterian.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in Mayor Seeman’s honor to the Rotary Club of Vienna or the American Cancer Society.
Seeman was also a breast cancer survivor and served as a spokesperson for a local American Cancer Society campaign last year.