Jane V. Duston

September 22, 1922 ‒ January 30, 2019

Fredericktown, Ohio

Jane Vivian (Carr) Duston, age 96, of Fredericktown, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the Country Club Retirement Campus. She was born on September 2, 1922 in Lakewood, Ohio the daughter of George Paul and Della Blanche (Chilcott) Carr.  Jane previously worked at the Alcove restaurant, cooked for the Derrick Motel and eventually retired in 1987 after 16 years as a Dietician for Mercy Hospital and Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.

Jane and her late husband, Gerald served as Matron and Patron of the Knox County Children’s Home from 1948 to 1956.  They took great pride with keeping in touch with “their kids” over the years even after they left the home.

Jane was an active member of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church for over 60 years where she taught Sunday school, belonged to the Tru-Lo-So Class, Joy Circle, United Methodist Women, Pastoral Relations Committee and Visitation Committee. Her passion for gardening led to her 38 years as a member of the Fredericktown Garden Club.  She also belonged to the former Washington Club, Golden Times Club and Westside Club.  Jane also served for the Knox County Habitat for Humanity and was a Cub Scout den mother for many years.

Jane enjoyed baking, cooking, food preservation, sewing, embroidery, quilting, antiquing, geneology, scrapbooking and doing her daily devotions.  Jane also enjoyed writing letters and corresponding with family and friends, but most important to Jane was the quality time she spent with them.  She was always so proud of her children and grandchildren’s accomplishments over the years.

She is survived by her daughter and caregiver, Cathy (John) Goeppinger of Mount Vernon and Paul (Bonnie) Duston of Cambria, California; four grandchildren, Amy Goeppinger, Craig (Angie) Goeppinger, Nicholas (Jenna) Duston, Katelyn Duston; a new great granddaughter, Gabriella Goeppinger; two sisters-in-law, Donna Horn and Virginia Duston and numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years Gerald B. Duston in 1997; twin grandsons, Joseph and James Goeppinger; two sisters, Mary Ann Compson and Elizabeth Bockover.

Friends may call on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, 123 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 where a funeral service will be held on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m.  Friends may call one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Gary Campbell will be officiating and burial will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

Memorial contributions in Jane’s name may be made to the Fredericktown United Methodist Church Building Fund or Kindred Hospice.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Jane V. Duston.


  • I enjoyed getting to know Jane the last several years. She was quite a lady! Jane shared many of her life stories over the years. She had the ability to make everyone she met that she was interested in them. I remember her back to the Children’s Home days when our FHA would take a meal down and be with the boys & girls there. Those kids had a special place in her heart & she in their hearts as she kept in touch with them.

    Jane will truly be missed!!! – Jan Mast

  • Sorry to read of Jane’s passing. See was a beautiful, kind lady I got to know thru my mom, Eileen Miller, when she worked at the hospital. Jane sent Dad such a kind note when Mom passed…..in fact I still have it….and I wanted you to know she was the best. She had a beautiful life and now she is at peace. My thoughts and prayers are with the Duston family. Dad sends his deepest sympathy to the family.

    Becky Brownfield
    Joe Miller

  • Cathy, Paul and families;
    Our sincere sympathy for the loss of your beautiful mother. We were honored to have your parents as neighbors for so many years. And it was always a pleasure to see Jane at church, she was a real woman of faith and a great role model. We have missed seeing her over these past few year but we know that we will see her on the other side. She is with Gerald and her Lord and Savior now!! Love to you all, Lisa and Jim Tharp

  • Sending our deepest sympathy. Jane was a wonderful and caring person who gave so much of herself. May your memories comfort you.

  • Our deepest sympathies to all the family. We knew Jane from the church for many years and I knew her from the hospital where she would sing or hum through the day. I especially remember her kindness to those who worked under her and that great smile. A life well lived!

  • To the families, always enjoyed my visits with Jane, but wasn’t able to make my last, cause of back problems, she was a lovely lady and she will be missed. Many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • Dear family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May God’s promises bring you comfort . I have known Jane for a large number of years. I first met her and your father during a visit to the children’s home . Then fate brought us together at Knox Community Hospital for many years . Seeing her kind and pleasant smile and exchanging conversations about family and friends was a fond part of my day.
    She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by her family and friends.
    With sincere sympathy, Diana Scott and Robin Scott Hoeflick

  • John and Cathy,, and the rest of the family. We always liked our “neighbor across the street”! When we would visit her she would always talk of her house at Lucerne, her children they took care of ,her husband, Amy in Madagascar and how Paul would call her every Sunday From CA. and of course a lot of others too. She was always such a kind friend to us. I want to thank John and Cathy for the hours of time spent caring for “MOM”.Jane always let us know how you would come and prepare her food in small conainers for her. Her simple life and yet being happy was very visable to us and we live that way now. We will always have memories of “our” Jane. God bless and keep all of you. Levi and Maria

  • Dear Cathy, John, and All of Jane’s Family. Sending you our deepest sympathy and friendship. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Dear Cathy and John,
    We were sad to learn of your mom’s passing. She just always had a kind word and encouragement whenever we would see her–remembering those days with Cleo and the Washington Club! How lovely that you took such good care of her–a hard thing, we know, but what peace from having no regrets about that.
    You were so sweet to minister to us in our loss last year, and we hope others do the same for you. Prayers for comfort as these days will now seem so different, and praise for knowing she knew Jesus as her Lord and Savior.
    Brad and Dina Snow

  • Cathy and family, your i am so sorry about your mom .. She was the sweetest lsdy.. I remember our years in ,mothers club together. I also remember going to the home ect style shows such fun. I think of the past a lot noe. Love to all your family.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. I will miss Jane I looked forward to seeing her .She would just make my Day . I loved listening to her stories of her life.She was always a positive person I really enjoyed her and I will miss her very much. Very Sincerely , Don and Linda Shaffer

  • Cathy and family,

    I am sorry for your loss. I remember your mother from childhood days, either 4-H or Garden Club with my grandmother.

  • Cathy and John. Paul and Bonnie Sorry to hear the passing of your mother.. may you find comfort in God’s words. Harold Oyster and Charlotte Thompson Pack

  • My deepest sympathy to the family. Our Mothers were such close friends,and I know Mom is going to miss her. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers throughout the coming days.

  • Cathy, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was truly a wonderful lady. Thinking of you and your family during this time.

  • Cathy,
    The minute I seen the photo, I thought oh no that’s Cathy’s mom. As I read it was confirmed. I didn’t know her. But, I’ve known you for several years from school. And if there’s one thing I know, is that if she was anything like you, she was fantastic.
    I’m very sorry for your loss. That can NEVER be replaced.
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Cathy & Family,

    Your Mom has this soft, underflowing place in my memory. She has always been there! So sweet and effective. It really explains your sweetness, Cathy. May you be blessed by her memory…and keep those scrapbooks and geneology notes!!

    Love, Gina Blair Etherton

  • Cathy & Family,
    My deepest sympathy, I am so sorry for your loss.Your mom was truly a wonderful lady.
    Many blessings and prayers

  • Dear Cathy and Family.

    So sorry for your loss. Jane was a classy lady whom I was honored to know. I enjoyed our discussions about Paul and his life in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Bob and Jean Kuhl

  • Our thoughts and prayers for the family. Your mom was a very special lady. Marge always spoke very highly of her.
    Hope you find comfort during this time.
    Bob and Diana Carlin