Iphigenia Wessman – March 15

Iphigenia Jane Wessman (Eric A. Wessman)

Iphigenia Jane Wessman, 89, a resident of The Wartburg in Mount Vernon, New York, passed away in her residence on March 15, 2021. She was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on March 25, 1931, to the late Catherine and Theodore Scourtis, both immigrants from Greece.

As a first generation American, Jane grew up speaking Greek, not learning English until she started kindergarten. Jane graduated from Brookline High School and went on to graduate from Boston University with a BS in Public Relations. Upon graduation, she was employed by the Massachusetts General Hospital. She then married the late Alden E. Wessman, also of Brookline.

After her marriage to Alden, a psychology professor, the couple resided in Watertown, Massachusetts, where they started a family. Over the course of the next decade, teaching positions resulted in moves to Bronxville, New York, then to Norwich, Vermont, and Hanover, New Hampshire. Alden’s job ultimately took them back to New York, and they eventually settled in Pelham, which became their home for more than 35 years.

As a couple, they enjoyed traveling the world together. They also had a deep appreciation for classical music, opera and ballet and often ventured into Lincoln Center. For many years Jane enjoyed playing tennis and bridge with her Pelham friends and, being an avid reader, was also a member of a book club.

Jane was predeceased by her brother, John Scourtis (the late Edith), of Washington, D.C., and her son, Christopher (Inês), of Pelham. Jane is survived by her brother, Alexander Scourtis (Lynda), of Maine, and two children: Eric (Myo Myo), of Pelham, and Victoria Brooking (William), of Greenfield Center. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Katherine, Steven, Nicholas, William, Justin and Morgan.

A celebration of her life will be held at a future date.

Editor’s note: This obituary was provided by the family.