FORT MYERS, Fla. – Jane Wilhelm Saxl, 66, passed away Feb. 14, 2006. A former chair of the Banking and Insurance Committee, Saxl served in the Maine Legislature for eight years from 1993-2001. During her tenure in the Maine Legislature, Saxl championed consumer protections including sponsorship of the HMO Bill of Rights and creation of the Office of Health Care Advocacy in the Maine Bureau of Insurance. Additionally, Saxl worked tirelessly to build the East-West Highway. Prior to serving in the Maine Legislature, Saxl served two terms on the Bangor City Council and one term on the Bangor School Committee. During her time on the City Council, Saxl was especially proud of her work to bring the first curbside-recycling program to the State of Maine. She was a past president of both the Bangor and State of Maine League of Women Voters and continued as an active member. Saxl was born in New York City in 1939. She graduated from The Dalton School and later earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Springfield. A life-long learner, Saxl continued to study at the University of Maine exploring passions for political philosophy and literature. During recent years Saxl split her time between Sanibel, Fla. and Surry. She played an active role in both communities. She served as president of the Friends of the Bangor Public Library and on the boards of Arcady Chamber Music, Mabel Wadsworth Center and Temple Beth El, where she was the founding vice president. In Sanibel, Saxl was an active member of Bat Yam Temple of the Islands. Saxl was the daughter of Dr. Seymour and Doris Fuld Wilhelm. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph. She is survived by her four children, Susi Saxl and Robert Kramer of Minneapolis, Minn., Ruth Saxl of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mary-Anne Saxl of Surry, Michael and Elizabeth Ward Saxl of Manchester. Additionally, she is survived by her granddaughters, Jomi and Elori Kramer; her brother and sister-in-law, Drs. Alison and Frederick Wilhelm; and her cousins, Virginia and David Kaufman. A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Congregational Temple Beth El, 183 French St., Bangor and not 1 p.m. as originally printed. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Congregational Temple Beth El, the Mabel Wadsworth Center or the Friends of the Bangor Public Library. Shiva will be at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at 898 Surry Rd., Surry.
JANE WILHELM SAXL
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.