Jane L. Haven, 54, of Chester Springs, a school counselor, died of cancer Nov. 26 at home.
For two years, until June, Ms. Haven was a college and career counselor at Springfield High School in Delaware County. "Students and parents gravitated to her because of her gentle wisdom and calming sense of humor," said Justina D. Pendante, director of student services.
Previously, Ms. Haven was director of counseling for four years at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, and an outpatient therapist for Holcomb Behavioral Health in Exton. In 2004, she was an instructor at Immaculata University.
Ms. Haven grew up in Morris County, N.J. After graduating from Glassboro State Teachers College, now Rowan University, she worked for insurance companies.
In 1984, she married Timothy Tietze. When their two daughters were teenagers, she earned a master's degree in psychology and a certificate in school guidance from Immaculata.
Ms. Haven enjoyed champagne, the Outer Banks, shell collecting, playing piano, her book club, sailing, and gardening. She planted African grasses to complement the seven-foot giraffe sculpture in her backyard, her husband said.
For more than 20 years, she volunteered in the performers' tent at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. In 1996, she was volunteer of the year at Historic Yellow Springs.
In addition to her husband, Ms. Haven is survived by daughters Morgan and Chloe.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown.