Jane Stewart

September 22, 1929 ‒ December 26, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Jane Stewart, age 90, of Mount Vernon, Ohio passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at the Brookdale Senior Living in Mount Vernon.  She was born on September 22, 1929 in Mansfield, Ohio to the late Thomas and Bessie (Hammett) Hillman.

Jane graduated from The International Correspondence School, Scranton, Pennsylvania.  She then received bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Ashland College.  She began her teaching career on a Cadet Teaching Certificate in the fifties when there was a severe teacher shortage.  Jane’s first school was Springfield Local at Ontario, Ohio.  There she met her future husband, Richard.

Jane always had an interest in children and their learning.  She taught one year at Hayes School, Lakewood, Ohio and 13 years at Westlake, Ohio.  Then they moved to Zanesville, Ohio where she taught for two years before moving to Mount Vernon, Ohio and taught for eight years at Elmwood School and four years at Columbia School.  While at Westlake School Jane received her master’s degree from Bowling Green State University.

During the summer’s Jane and her husband traveled throughout the country and attended graduate schools receiving varied advanced education from, University of New York, University of Wyoming, University of Northern Arizona, Kent State University and Ohio State.

She has been a member of the NEA, OEA, NCOEA, and MVEA.  Jane was a charter member of the West Shore International Reading Council and have been quite active in all the local education associations in which she held memberships.  She was also a member of the Knox County Quilt Guild.  Jane was president of the Delta Kappa Gamma teacher’s organization in Mount Vernon.

Jane is a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon where she was active in choir and served on many committees and held chairmanships.  She was instrumental in establishing the Faith Lutheran Pre-School, and HopeNow Furniture Bank.  In 2011 Jane won a volunteer of the year award from the Red Cross.  One of her proudest achievements was being named Teacher of the Year in 1983-1984 by her peers.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Kevin (Bette) Mishey, Diane Dingler, Tammy Hillman, Geoffrey (Laura) Hillman; great-niece, Lauren (Jeff) Hefflefinger, Elena Reiss, Erin (Ryan) Kerr; great-nephews, Dallas (Amy) Mishey, Rob Hillman, Tim Hillman, Shawn Hillman, Geoff “Sam” Hillman Jr, Brian Hillman, Nathan Hillman; sister-in-law, Norma Jeanne Hillman; 16 great-great-nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Jane is preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Hillman; sisters, Juanita Mishey and Dorothy Hillman; nephew, Barry Hillman; brother-in-law, Russell.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 4-7 PM with a service starting at 7:00 PM at the Faith Lutheran Church; 170 Mansfield Ave. Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050, with a graveside service in Mansfield Cemetery on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 10:30 AM.  Pastor Mark Wildermuth to officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to:  HopeNow Furniture Bank of Mount Vernon, www.hopenowfurniturebank.org.

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  • Janes family,

    Mitch and I are very sorry to hear about the passing of “Aunt” Jane. She was truly one of a kind. She always had a smile on her face, welcoming to anyone that she came across and was a great source of knowledge. We enjoyed getting to know her better while she was at Brookdale. Heaven has truly received a special angel. God Bless you all.

    Susie and Mitch.

  • Elinor Dunnewold
    December 31, 2019

    Dear Family of Jane,
    Having known Jane in the mid-60s-mid-70s, I was delighted to get reacquainted at Brookdale. I accepted the invitation on her door to meet her kitty, enjoying the pleasure of also seeing her quilts. For a few moments one evening we stood in front of the needlework on a wall in Brookdale’s common room, that had been honored with a plaque, and she told me about creating this bit of nostalgic art with it’s resemblances to Mt. Vernon. A few evenings after supper we walked around the garden, and chatted, enjoying each other’s company. Her appealing smile always welcoming, we never failed to greet each other and exchange pertinent happenings. Jane was a gift of calm and peace. I treasure the time we shared.
    I just learned of Jane’s hand in starting Hope Now, one of the best things that ever happened in Knox County. Hundreds of families have been blessed through this legacy.
    Her smile appears before me when I think of her.

  • Kevin Mishey and family, we were so very saddened to hear of your Aunt Jane’s passing. May the Lord comfort you and give you peace in this time of Sorrow.

    Terry and Pam Hissong

  • So very sorry to read of Jane’s passing. She was a dear lady and such an asset in education. She spent numerous hours volunteering at West and Twin Oak Schools after her retirement. You could not have asked for a sweeter lady. So sorry for your loss.

  • Kevin and Bette,
    Sorry to hear of your loss of your aunt jane. I had the opportunity to work with her while I was helping out Hope now.

  • Kevin and Betty..so sorry to hear of the passing of Jane. I only got to know her for a short period of time..she was such a joy.

  • To the Family of Mrs. Stewart,

    So sorry for your loss, I am Thankful to have had her as a teacher at Elmwood, I have fond memories of those days. May she Rest In Peace. John 3:17


  • I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of my favorite teacher. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of her from the time when I remember her the most.

    I had Mrs. Stewart for two years at Elmwood in 4th and 5th grade. I learned a lot from her. Patience and forgiveness being two of my most important lessons.

    I loved her art projects. We made the most memorable Christmas ornaments that I was so upset when they got ruined in my parents basement! She was so talented.

    I was able to talk with her a few years ago. She was still so vibrant.

    I am sad to hear she will not be present in this world anymore.

    My condolences to your family.

  • Dear extended family of Jane Stewart,
    I am very sorry to learn of Jane’s passing. I will remember her as a fellow teacher and sweet friend at Columbia Elementary School. She was an elegant lady and a dedicated educator.
    Leah Geiger

  • Dear friends and family, My deepest condolences for your loss. I knew Jane through her many activities and organizations in Mt. Vernon. She was a wonderful teacher and active educator and colleague. She contributed so much to our community and will be missed. Peace and love to you all.
    Joyce Skocic, (MVEA, DKG, KCRTA)

  • I’ll never forget Jane helping to get me to bell choir when I was younger. And after so many years when I would visit Faith Lutheran, she always asked how my family and brother was, then would share a memory of me and my father. I always appreciated her caring thoughts. Jane will be missed.