Obituary of Jane Louise Church
Jane Louise Church (Nee Bird)
Jane Louise Church passed away peacefully at Merry Heart Nursing Home, Succasunna, NJ., where she had been a resident for nearly 8 years. We sincerely thank all staff for the excellent care she always received. Staying true to form she accepted her fate and through it all she maintained her love of laughter which gave joy to those around her.
Unfortunately, our mother succumbed to the CoVid virus on 12/02/2020, at age 97.
Jane was born in Scranton, PA. and later moved to Rockaway, N.J. where she met her husband to be, Gayton Church. Jane and Gayton were married in Dover, NJ on 28 May 1944. They were married 67 years and had three children, Paul, Jill and Denise.
Jane loved watching baseball on tv and was an avid fan of the Yankees. She loved to travel, trips to CA, vacationing with her sisters in Maryland and at age 78 she flew to London to see her newborn twin grandchildren (Victoria & David) and her first grandchild Isabella. A very adventurous woman who at age 80 shocked many who knew her when she got a tattoo (she simply said she always wanted one) of a "Bluebird on Her Shoulder", which was one of her favorite songs. She had great style and loved clothes, and wore them well. Appropriately, her brothers had nicknamed her "Lady Jane".
Jane was predeceased by her Husband, Gayton Church in 2011, her parents, John C. and Rose Dennis Bird, her infant sister Hilda, her sisters Ellen Bird, Elizabeth “Libby” Howells, Lois Reese, Shirley LaVelle, and her brothers, John C., Ronald and Robert Bird.
Jane is survived by her son, Lewis “Paul” Church and his husband Dana Mitton of MA, Jill R. Church of NJ, Denise Schmidt and husband Neal of Naples FL, along with her beloved grandchildren, Isabella of West Palm Beach, Victoria of Tampa (USF), and EM3 David Schmidt USN, HI. Last, but not least, a most treasured family member Elizabeth Eastman of Mount Arlington, NJ.
She is also survived by her sister Florence N. Campo of Moscow, PA, several nieces and nephews inclusive of Mario and Phyllis Campanero, FL
We know that there are many who may want to pay their respects to Mom, however, for both personal reasons and to adhere guidelines set forth by the CDC for everyone's protection, Mom's viewing will be private for immediate family only.
Burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery, Moscow, PA. on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 12:45 PM, for anyone wishing to attend.
In Lieu of flowers donations may be given to the Alzheimer's Association. www.alz.org
Arrangements are by the Tuttle Funeral Home (www.tuttlefh.com). Services will be private.
Phone: 973 366-7400