Jane B. Schrage, an Alexandria homemaker who did administrative work for the Army during her husband’s military career and volunteered with local community organizations, died Oct. 16 at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. She was 84.
The cause was complications from pneumonia, said her daughter, Susanne A. Schrage-Norton.
Jane Blitch was born in Glennville, Ga., and received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1953 from what is now Georgia Southern University. She accompanied her husband on Army assignments in Hawaii, Kansas and Sweden, among other postings, and settled in Alexandria in 1966.
In the 1970s and early ’80s, she worked with the Army personnel command in Alexandria and the Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Belvoir. She also was a substitute teacher in the Fairfax County school system.
Mrs. Schrage volunteered with the parent-teacher associations at her children’s schools, with the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts and with the Mansion House Club tennis team in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County.
She belonged for nearly 50 years to Aldersgate United Methodist Church in the Alexandria area, serving as an officer in the United Methodist Women organization and as a member of the Elizabeth Circle, a women’s group.
She was a volunteer docent at the historic Carlyle House in Alexandria and an officer in the Sulgrave Manor Civic Association. Her memberships included the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, retired Army Lt. Col. Gerhardt H. “Sam” Schrage, and their two children, Susanne A. Schrage-Norton and Mark P. Schrage, all of Alexandria; and seven grandchildren.
— Emily Langer