Jane Elizabeth Wessling

February 21, 1927 ‒ November 12, 2011

Mansfield, Ohio

Jane Elizabeth Wessling, 84, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, November 12, 2011, at Briarwood Place. She joined her husband, Robert George Wessling, and her daughter, Diane Elizabeth Wessling, and is resting with them in eternal peace.

Jane was born on February 21, 1927 in Deland, Florida to Benjamin and Hazel Metzger and spent most of her life in Ohio. Her life was devoted to providing loving care to others. This journey began with raising six children with the grace and unconditional love that sustains them as they now care for families of their own. She also cared for her mother-in-law for 14 years and her uncle during the final years of his life.

Always wanting to provide comfort and dignity to those she loved, her greatest trial came when she cared for her husband for ten years after he suffered a massive stroke, and her daughter as she bravely fought breast cancer for six years. She faced these challenges with a spirit that inspired all.

Jane was a creative person who enjoyed sewing for her large family as well as intellectual pursuits that expanded her mind and challenged her thinking. She had a tremendous sense of humor and always had an encouraging and optimistic perspective to share.

All that we are, and all that we hope to be, we owe to our loving and devoted mother.

Her life will continue to be an example of the vital importance of serving others and her legacy lives on through her close family who deeply mourns her loss. She is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law Kathleen and Thomas Kline of Crestline, Barbara and Jeffrey Davis of Perrysville, Patricia and Anthony Basilone of Mansfield and Jennifer and Eric Weber of Charlotte, NC; a son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Brenda Wessling of Atlanta, GA. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and daughter, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Harold Metzger.

Please join the Wessling family in celebrating Jane’s life. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening, November 16, 2011 from 4-7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday morning at 11 a.m. in St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Briarwood Place and Harbor Light Hospice for the loving care given to our mom.

Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Monsignor Dunn Scholarship Foundation can be made through the funeral home.

For those unable to attend the services, online condolences may be made by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com