Elisabeth Ann "Lisa" Kane

Birth Date: 
Sunday, January 16, 1955
Date of Passing: 
Friday, February 15, 2019

Elisabeth (Lisa) Ann Kane was born Jan. 16 1955 and passed into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father Feb. 15 2019 after a life-long struggle with Marfan’s Snydrome.

She spent her entire life in Wooster, Ohio graduating from Wooster High School in 1973 and received her B.A. from the College of Wooster in 1977. Lisa was a gifted artist and went on to earn her B.F.A. at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Art in 1984.

Lisa was a highly intelligent, inquisitive, imaginative and creative woman.  Despite her own severe illness throughout her entire life, she was able to maintain a strength of character and sense of humor that few would be able to achieve.

She treasured her family, her mother’s garden, her home, and her artistic talents.  She was one of the founders of W.A.G.E. at Wayne Center for the Arts, where some of her works were exhibited. She experimented with many different art forms and had a particular interest in paper-making, which she taught for a brief period of time at Wayne Center for the Arts. Lisa spent her life researching various forms of art and the tools required for dying silk scarves, creating beautiful floral arrangements; often from her mother’s garden; etchings, textiles, paper-making and painting.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph E. and Alice M. Kane of Wooster, and her brother, Paul Anton Kane of Rolland Georgia. She is survived by her Aunt Hazel (Don) Zetterhund of Leola, South Dakota and several cousins.

A special thanks to all her caring angels from Trinity Home Health Care who guided her through her last years with patience, grace and loving care.

A private burial is being handled by McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.


Private services will be held


Lisa was one of my friends growing up. We were in Luther League, went on confirmation retreats and had overnights at each other’s homes. She was funny and sweet. She dealt with her health issues with strength. I remember her dad giving her milk shakes at night to try and put weight on. She would laugh about getting these and try and drink them down. She was always creative and was proud of her creations. I saw her a few times after we graduated from college and she showed me her work. The earth has lost a kind soul.

I started WAGE, Wayne Artists Group Effort, in the summer of 1986, just after receiving my MFA degree at the School of Art in Kent. I really wanted to have an artist group of friends back in Wooster then! LIsa had graduated from The College of Wooster the same year I started there, as a returning student, and we never knew each other there. She finished at CIA two years before I finished at Kent, so again, we missed each other. But THEN, Lisa was the first one to join WAGE, responding to my flyers about this new artists' support group,, and we began meeting each week in the library of the Art Center, eating our brown bag lunches, showing each other our art, and discussing art and life!
Sometimes another visual artist would show up, and we'd drag them into our meeting! After we sponsored the first 2 WAGE shows, we told the other artists that if they wanted to show with us, they had to come to our WAGE meetings, too. So the meetings expanded fast. I remember we had a paper-making workshop at the Art Center, that Lisa taught, to get us all to try this craft she loved so much! It was one of our best sharing experiences.
Lisa and I held two solo shows at the same time, at the art center around 1990. I think that was my favorite thing we did together, besides all those early years of sitting and discussing our own art, over those lunch-time WAGE meetings of just the two of us.
Lisa was a brilliant artist, passionate about her work, and worked around her illness, to make her creative statements. I always admired her talent, her inquisitive mind, and her perseverance. Her most beautiful and exquisite art pieces back then were really intricate, realistic embroideries of beautiful, exotic animals.
I will always remember and miss Lisa. In love, Susan Shie

I met Lisa at her Mother's bedside when she called for Trinity Home Care to attend her along with Hospice. I recall Lisa met me at the door, introduced me to her Mom, and after talking awhile, called me into the kitchen to brief me on the history. I was fascinated and have continued to be over the ten years we have been honored to be Lisa's companions. She took time to explain so many things to me. Lisa taught me so much.
I remember her obsession with Puddles, The Sad Clown, and our creating her own version of Onion Tears Pie (a version of quiche). Then there is "Hawaiian Firebird" a roasted, caramelized pineapple peices, served with hot sauce and a drop of liquid hickory smoke.
Shopping was more than a trip. Lisa taught me to read food labels and to understand ingredient names, like no other.
Our favorite conversations, though, were about her childhood trips to South Dakota to visit The Farm.
It was my great privilege to enjoy both Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner with Lisa. She practiced mindfulness, and taught me to take more notice of details, textures, nuances, being present in the moment.

I too played with Lisa when I was young, as we lived maybe 6 houses away from each other. She has a lot of fun when we were in grade school. In fact, in 1963 when the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show Lisa's Mom caught us kissing the TV when Paul McCartney was shown. We got in big trouble and since the next day was fair day our Mother's thought a good punishment would be to not let us go-So we had to stay home......and cried all day!! But hit was worth it!! R.I.P.

Lisa was my next door neighbor when we moved to Oakley Road in 1966 and we had many wonderful days together growing up. I remember listening to comedy albums with her in her basement while she was creating fabulous art pieces with magic markers and colored pencils. Many summer days were spent playing Monopoly while Kick-the-Can was a favorite evening activity among all of the neighborhood kids. When I think about a grown up Lisa, I see her sitting at a picnic table, surrounded by her mother's beautiful garden, enjoying the afternoon while doing what she loved the most, being creative. I am sorry on her passing. She was a sweet and kind friend.

I knew Lisa from our time at the College of Wooster. She was 2 years behind me. I do not remember exactly how we met, but she was a memorable and caring friend. I particularly remember her unusual huge, full-bodied and infectious laugh. She was a very sweet person, and I am saddened by her death. Fortunately, the happy memories remain.

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