Jewel Alice LeVine of Chula Vista, Calif., and Marine on St. Croix, died Oct. 24, 2011, at Mercy Hospital, San Diego, Calif. She was 88.
She was born Sept. 12, 1923 in Prentice, Wis., to Dr. George Milke and Marion Milke. The family moved to Medford and later to Antigo, Wis.
Jewel had seven sisters and brothers, three of whom have passed away; Bernice Davis, Doris Smith, Jane Money Windness, all of Chula Vista, Calif. Four surviving siblings include her twin Joyce Boll of Ft. Worth, Tex., George "Bud" Milke and Marilyn Floodberg of Chula Vista, Calif., and Robert Milke of Campo, Calif. She also had 24 nieces and nephews who adored her.
Jewel was married to Joseph W. LeVine who died in 2006. They lived in Chula Vista, Calif, and Marine, where until Joe's death they canoed the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. Together they also enjoyed skiing, hiking, birding, and any activity which respected nature.
She graduated from Antigo High School in Antigo, Wis., in 1941, and from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 1945 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She taught one year in Marshfield, Wis., and for 34 years in the San Diego County Schools of California.
Jewel was a member of San Diego Ski Club, Sierra Club, Audubon Club and California Teachers Association.
A memorial service was held at Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course on Oct. 30.
She will be interred next to her husband Joe at Oakland Cemetery in Marine on St. Croix.
Any contributions may be made in her name to Sierra Club or any organization dedicated to protecting the environment.