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“Jane was wonderful to work with. I just found her obituary today and wanted to pass on my condolences to her family. She was an amazing woman, as I'm...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Michelle (Daily-Woods) Thorndyke - MI

“Folks in Heaven must be smiling, as a beautiful rose has just blossomed in their garden, our dearest Jane. Our sincerest condolences to her family. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Barbara Phillips - Richland, MI

“I remember Jane as being one of the happiest and most outgoing people at the Silver Wings Celebrations. I mostly remember her always wanting to sing...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Robert Duncan - Lincoln, NE

“Seemed so cool when I was a kid that Aunt Jane lived in Kalamazoo and could fly planes! Even more intriguing that she also had an only daughter.....Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Jill Tanaka - Austin, TX

“I can still remember all the times in the old hangar working with Jane, Dave Anderson, and a lot of the folks back then. I started working with her...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Tom Elsley - CALEDONIA, MI

“Good memories of Jane at Kal-Aero in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. She was awesome to work with, and part of a passionate successful Leadership Team! ...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Pat Franssen - Colleague

“I will never forget Jane. She always wore a smile and was full of laughter. I worked with her in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Rest in peace Jane. ...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Grieser - Kalamazoo, MI

“Jane was our babysitter years ago, and she was my favorite of all she was just a fun person, and i remember having a little girl crush on her...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: cheryl temple davis - Celina, OH

“Jane touched a lot of lives in a very positive way. She was someone to be trusted and will be missed by many friends. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: John Ellis - Fairfield, CA

“Jane was a wonderful woman, always with laughter at the ready. She taught me so much in my first couple of years in aviation. I know that she will be...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy Gregoric - Las Vegas, NV

“Jane was a mentor and a close friend. I worked for Jane from 1979 to 1999 at kal-Aero in Kalamazoo and later in the new Battle creek facility. She...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Mark & Pat Pidgeon - Kalamazoo, MI

“Jane was a wonderful neighbor and we will miss her greatly! Our toddler loved visiting with her and she was always eager to fill him up on Popsicles...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Sarah Lewis - Celina, OH

“To our aunt Jane........You always made us laugh. We're going to miss you. Nick & Kris ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Nick & Kris - Findlay, OH

“Sad to hear of Jane's passing, I will miss seeing her at our annual Silver Wings club get together. I worked at Kal-Aero/Duncan with Jane from my...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Rod Christensen - Battle Creek, MI


Jane Wilkins, age 76, of 208 Bachar Rd. in Celina, Ohio, passed away at 2:15 p.m. on Monday June 2, 2014 at the St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. She was born on April 7, 1938 in Celina to the late Franklin "Buzz" & Rita (Fischer) Wise. She was married to Ned Wilkins (deceased 1999) and is survived by their daughter Peggy Wilkins and her partner Dean Armstrong of Chicago, IL. She is also survived by sister & brothers-in-law Elizabeth "Becky" & Robert "Doc" Wimmers of Carol Stream, IL, Robert "Chico" Weber of Celina, Brenda Wise of Texas, brothers & sisters-in-law James & Annie Wise of Akron, Barbara Wise of Troy and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her brothers Franklin "Skip" Wise, Mike Wise, sisters & brother-in-law Barbara "Bobbie" Weber and Judith & Sam Dixon. Jane graduated from Immaculate Conception High School with the Class of 1956. She had a lifelong passion for aviation and earned her pilot's license in 1956 at the age of 17, even before she had a driver's license.
She was formerly employed by Marathon Oil in Findlay, Ohio and became a parts manager for Kal-Aero in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She retired in 2000 from Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, Michigan. She was a member of the Silver Wings. Jane loved cats and enjoyed fishing and camping. A memorial service will be held at 10:30a.m. on Saturday June 14, 2014 at the Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home in Celina, with Fr. Kenneth G. Alt officiating. Burial will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery in Celina. Friends may call 1 hour before services at the funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to SART Inc of St. Marys, or a pet/cat rescue of your choice. On-Line condolences may be left at LHDfuneralhome.com.