W. Jane Gottschalk was born Aug. 17, 1917, to Joseph T. and Edith M. Hendrickson in Thayer County. She attended country school thru 8th grade, then attended Belvidere High School.
Following graduation, Jane taught country school.While teaching, she met Kenneth C. Gottschalk. They were married May 29, 1937.
During their 33 years of marriage, Kenneth and Jane lived in various cities, including Waukegan, Ill., where Kenneth attended Navy training. In August of 1944, the couple and their eldest son, Charles E. (Bud) moved back to Fairbury, where they were blessed with three more children; Kenneth C. Jr. (K.C.), Karen K.(Kay), and Daniel J. (Dan). The family also lived in Hebron,Fairbury and Superior before moving to Broken Bow in 1957.
The couple owned and operated the Jack & Jill Store where Jane worked as a bookkeeper. Following Kenneth's death in August 1970, Jane continued to work in the grocery store with her sons until she retired in 1972.
Jane enjoyed a large circle of friends, and following her retirement she was often seen going for a nice walk around town with a group of women. This same group enjoyed playing bridge and going out for dinner.
Jane also enjoyed painting china and crocheting. Janes' many gifts of afghan blankets, china dolls, plates and Christmas ornaments will be treasured by her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids for years to come.
Off Broadway Apartments became Jane's home in her later years. She lived in her own apartment and became friends with many residents and staff of the facility. When her health declined, Jane moved into Heritage Hall Nursing Home. Jane still enjoyed walking and was often seen pushing her walker up and down the halls of the nursing home.
Jane is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth; brothers, Cecil and Jim Hendrickson; sister, Lucille Witt, and grandson Brad C. Gottschalk.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Bud and Diane Gottschalk, K.C. and Marita Gottschalk, Kay and Gary Fenton and Dan and Pat Gottschalk; sister, Lila (Rowen) Kempf; brother, Bob (Joyce) Hendrickson; 10 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Published in Custer County Chief, Jan. 17, 2013