Westerville News & Public Opinion

Celebration service Friday for arts champion Jane Denick


The Westerville community will remember local champion of the arts Jane Denick, who died last week, in a celebration and memorial service from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.

Denick, 64, died Jan. 2 after a yearlong battle with leukemia.

A longtime Westerville resident, Denick was known for her support of the local arts community and Uptown business district.

She was co-owner of Java Central in Uptown with her husband, Ralph Denick. The coffee house at 20 S. State St., opened by the couple in 2009, sought to highlight Westerville's art scene with displays of works by local artists and regular performances by local musicians.

Denick was a longtime president of the Arts Council of Westerville and author of the council's monthly ArtsLine column in the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion.

She also was the tuba section leader in the Westerville Community Band, and a board member of the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Denick was a South Carolina native who grew up in Whitehall before settling with her family in Westerville.

She is survived by her husband and children Roger, Keith and Caroline Denick.

The service Friday will include food, music and art, and there will be an opportunity for people to publically share their memories of Denick beginning at 8 p.m.

While flowers are welcome, the family also is encouraging donations in Denick's name to the Arts Council of Westerville and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.