Jane Sterken

January 20, 1947 ‒ July 25, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

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MANSFIELD: Jane Ann (Jay) Sterken, 73, of Mansfield, died Saturday, July 25, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. Jane was born January 20, 1947, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to the late Lawrence Jack Jay and Winifred Lena (Kennedy) Jay. She graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, class of 1965. Jane married Robert (Bob) Dean Sterken on September 12, 1970, at Oakdale United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Jane was always involved in church activities wherever she lived. She was a member of Main St. United Methodist Church since she and Bob moved to Mansfield in 1986. They did most things together, from teaching Sunday school, to being small group leaders. They were among the founders of Blue Rose Mission and Love In the Name of Christ of Greater Mansfield. In 2011, 50 years after telling God she would never go to Africa, she and Bob went on a mission trip to Camphor Mission Station in Liberia, West Africa. What a blessing!

Outside of church, Jane was active in school activities with their children as room mother, PTO, and ran the concession stands at Malabar Middle School for 4 years. More recently, she facilitated the cancer support group at Wedgewood Estates. Jane was employed by Mansfield City Schools Adult and Community Education, retiring in 2012.

Thank you to the owners, administration, and staff of Wedgewood Estates for the loving care she was given. She says it was a blast!

Jane is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law: Todd & Cara Sterken of Pettisville and Scott & Alaina Sterken of Mansfield; five grandchildren: Sophie, Caroline, and Gerritt Sterken all of Pettisville and Jael and Silas Sterken of Mansfield. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her brother, Russell E. Jay.

A memorial service honoring her life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 10, 2020, in Paradise Church (87 Illinois Ave. N, Mansfield, OH 44905) and friends are invited to call starting at 10 a.m. before the service. A private urn burial with close family will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

In consideration of the health and safety of all participants during the COVID-19 pandemic, the family respectfully asks that all attendees wear masks and observe social distancing practices. For those who are at elevated risk or are uncomfortable attending in person, the memorial service will be live streamed on the publicly-accessible Snyder Funeral Home Facebook page: Facebook.com/MarionAveSFH

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Love In the Name of Christ of Greater Mansfield (click here for online donations to Love INC Mansfield) or Camphor Mission Clinic Endowment Fund c/o Methodist Foundation of Ohio, or the Memorial Fund at Main Street United Methodist Church (click here for online donations to Main Street UMC). Memorial contributions may be brought to Jane’s service or sent c/o Snyder Funeral Home, P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, OH 44904 (please make checks payable to: Love INC, Methodist Foundation of Ohio, or Main Street UMC).

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Jane’s family. Share a memory with them and watch her tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • So sorry for your loss, Jane was such a ray of sunshine. I remember the first time I met her we started talking and i felt like i knew her forever. She was so loving and caring. I know she was so loved by her son and daughter-in-law Scott and Alaina the kids and Alaina’s family.

  • What a blessing to know Jane, when I arrived at Wedgewood June 9, 2019, I was totally devastated. Jane opened up her sweet self to me, and I felt so warm and welcome.
    She was a wonderful PR person for Wedgewood, to everyone she met. She was right – “it was a blast!” and she made it that way for us all.
    Loved her dearly, and she will be so missed.
    Blessings to the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • I first met Jane when I lived at Wedgwood while I was undergoing Physical Therapy. She made me feel apart of the people that lived there at Wedgwood. She was a ray of sunshine for all people that she met and also a good witness for Jesus. She will be missed by all the friends and her dear family that she loved.

  • To a wonderful woman of God. I’m glad I got to know her, Bob and her boys. Sending hugs to the family.

  • To all the immediate family and to all those who felt like family, my deepest heartfelt love. Jane and Bob were part of our little Ranchwood, Malabar, Senior High tribe. I always knew Andy was in great hands when he was with them. No words really for all the years of memories and of chocolate chip cookies…..dozens and dozens of chocolate chip cookies. Blessings to all and extreme gratefulness for the peace of His eternal presence. Hugs.

  • Our deepest condolences to the Sterken family. Jane was a sweetheart and will be dearly missed. God Bless you all.
    From Gary Reuer family!

  • My deepest condolences to the family. I worked at wedgewood & helped take care of Jane, she was so sweet & kindhearted. I will miss her dearly, I’m so heartbroken about this one. Praying for the family!

  • Jane was a caring, Christian woman who along with Bob and the boys were great blessings to all at Main Street Church when I served as Senior Pastor. Gere and now live in Wedgewood Estates Garden Home and know what a blessing she has been to residents and staff. While dying of Cancer she continued her a ministry of love to residents and staff. “This little light of mine, I am going to let it shine!”

  • Jane helped me back in 2003 to obtain my GED. She always encouraged me to continue my education. I finished nurse school passing my broads. My 1st job as a Nurse was at WW, unaware June was there. I was able to be her nurse. We shared a lot of tears , many laughs and I got to thank her for helping and pushing me to become the nurse , I am today.
    Thank you June. You will be truly missed and will always have a place in my heart.
    Vanessa Barnett

  • I met Ms. Jane a couple times. The last time I seen her, I knew the cancer was REALLY trying to kick her butt so I geared myself up to say something nice, encouraging, helpful, and strong but I’ll be dogged gone if she didn’t end up doing that with me!?! I walked away from that encounter feeling rejuvenated , like I had gotten a “fill up” on my happy/contentment tank.
    What a “gift” she was, she was a treasure that will truly be be missed. There is a hole in the universe where her presence once lived. I’ll be praying for yhe family she left behind.

  • I am so thankful for Jane and I appreciated her friendship at Wedgewood. She was my prayer warrior while I was going through my fathers death. I am forever grateful for this woman of God and the difference she made at Wedgewood Estates. She will be missed.

  • Tim Hildebrand
    Jane was always a Highlighted Event whenever I had the privilege to serve Her at Wedgewood. We All knew the Cancer was getting more prevalent, but She never seemed to acknowledge it. Such A Positive Joy to be around.
    Wise and Knowledgeable in so many ways. I was on Vacation when She passed and wasn’t able to see Her before, but I know Heaven is Rejoicing at Her arrival. Heaven’s gain is Our Loss.
    You will truly be missed Miss Jane!

  • Love ya friend.
    So happy that you are now with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    No more pain.
    No more questions.
    Just at peace and resting in His care.

  • I so enjoyed talking with this lady ! I work at Wedgewood Estates and I always started a conversation with Jane with the intention of brightening her day but every single time ended with Her brightening mine !! Our loss is heavens gain…… will miss you until our next talk ❤️

  • When I came to Main Street United Methodist Church in 2003, Jane and Bob were so welcoming. They continued to support the church and were always an encouragement to me. Jane was always the bright ray of light at Main Street and I was so blessed to know her. I will be praying for all of you during this time of loss.

  • Jane was such a loving person. I loved her so much. I was a nurse at Wedgewood where she lived. She was always a bright spot in my day. What a blessing to everyone she was. I know she has angel wings.

  • One of the best women I ever knew. My husband and I had the privilege of serving alongside Jane in worship at Main St UMC, as well as in a mission project in South Carolina. She was kind, sweet, funny, and extraordinarily generous. We will miss her so much.

  • Todd, Scott, and families:
    Your mom was a wonderful woman of great faith and perseverance. She was hard-working and loved her family very much. I have fond memories of working with both of your parents for school activities, usually in the concession stand! Sending “air hugs” during this pandemic, and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with all of you in this difficult time.

  • i remember the last time I spoke with Jane and as always she was confident, laughing, and reminding me that there were so many waiting to see us neither us nor those who would come later could ever be alone. Her confidence and love of God shone through all conversations. I will miss my friend and confidant who could always make me smile and end a conversation feeling better.
    Condolences to the family and prayers for all.

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