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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First United Methodist Church

City: Grand Ledge

Window Shape: 6 (gothic arched, over 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1912

Subject/Title of Window: Christ Leaves His Mother

Brief Description of Subject: From the booklet, "First United Methodist Church, Grand Ledge, Michigan. Walking Tour Guide of the Stained Glass Windows," by C. Bernard Johnson (1994).
The Eunice A. Shane window is the large one located in the rear of the sanctuary. The four sons paid for the window. Willard and Willis, who were twins, Henry, and D.D. Shane. D.D. had the jewelry store and was an optometrist. The jewelry store still is in Grand Ledge. It is owned and operated by Gerald Shane, the great grandson of Eunice Shane. Eunice Delamater was born in Ontario, Canada in 1832 and moved with her parents when young to Bloomville, Ohio. There she met George W. Shane and they were married in 1852. The couple moved to Leslie, Michigan where their four sons were born. They lived in Williamston before coming to Grand Ledge around 1893. Mrs. Shane died in September 1911, at 79 years.

George Washington Shane was born in 1833 at Muncy, Penn. and while still a child, came with his parents to Ohio. Mr. Shane enlisted in the Civil War in 1863, in Battery C., First Michigan Light Artillery. It was during the battle at Atlanta that his left ear was chipped off by a rebel bullet, and on several other occasions, he narrowly escaped death. George marched with Shermanj on his famous march from Atlanta to the sea, and on to Washington for Grand Review. Mr. Shane was one of the four men who captured the gun which fired the first shot at Fort Sumpter, precipitating the Civil War. George Shane lived to be 93 years of age, passing away in 1927 at the home of W.W. Shane, the grandparents of Gerald Shane.

JESUS AND MARY. "CHRIST TAKING LEAVE OF HIS MOTHER," represents a tender and touching picture of their last embrace which probably occurred in the early evening before the last supper with his disciples in the upper room in Jerusalem. Jesus stands facing his mother with one hand affectionately placed on the head of the woman who had always been first in his filial devotion, while the other hand he clasps her left hand.

Inscriptions: In Memoriam Eunice A. Shane

Condition of Window: Fair

Height: 12'10"

Width: 9'1"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Lead Came

Christ Leaves His Mother
Christ Leaves His Mother

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