of Brookfield, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 13, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her immediate family. Born in Frackville, Pennsylvania, and raised in Centralia, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Earl and Blanche Berger.
Jane attended Elmhurst College, where she met her loving husband Phil, and graduated from Ursinus College. Following graduation, she taught high school chemistry and biology until she and Phil started a family.
Jane and Phil were married in 1962 and shared 55 amazing years of marriage. They have a son Todd (Wendy) Colin, a daughter Christine (David) Kern, and a “second son” John (Crystal) Ott and their daughter Clair.
Jane was preceded in death by both of her parents. She is survived by her siblings Bill Berger, Sue (Bob) Dorn, and Ann Bittner, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a long list of friends.
Jane was devoted to her family. She loved to garden and spent countless hours each summer planning her flower beds, tending to them, and watching them bloom. They were her pride and joy, and many people asked who her landscaper was. She was always proud to respond, “I was.”
Jane also loved to play bridge, and she belonged to a number of different groups over the years. She fondly referred to their gatherings of ladies as “therapy sessions” because of the laughter they shared on those days.
Jane and Phil also loved to travel with loved ones and made many memorable trips over the years, including yearly trips to Florida, where they would eventually buy a timeshare on Marco Island. The condo provided the setting for many happy times with family and dear friends.
Jane was also a talented artist, creating dozens of beautiful acrylic paintings. Her work is a reflection of her character in its beauty, grace, and attention to detail.
Jane’s heart was immense, and she always was one of the first to step up when others were in need. She was the epitome of strength, grace, and humility, even in her final hours. She will be deeply missed by all those whose lives she touched.
There will be no formal services. The family has made private arrangements. Donations or memorials may be made in Jane’s name to The American Cancer Society.