Jane Meeks, age 82,
of Valparaiso, Indiana, passed away on February 9, 2015, at home after a
courageous battle with lung cancer.
Jane was born on
January 30, 1933, in Cokeburg (Washington County), Pennsylvania, the
daughter of Fred Rade and Julia (Hegedus) Karanovich, both of whom preceded
her in death.
On July 30, 1965,
she married the love of her life, Paul Richard “Rich” Meeks, in Gary,
Jane graduated from
East Bethlehem High School in Fredericktown (Washington County) Pennsylvania
in 1950 where she was active in basketball. As a young woman she loved to
dance. She moved to Gary, Indiana, shortly after graduation at age 17. Jane
worked for the Law Offices of Spangler, Jennings, Spangler & Dougherty as a
Legal Secretary for over thirty five years. She also worked for Maytag in
Newton, Iowa, early in her career. Jane was a long-time parishioner of Seven
Dolors Shrine in South Haven.
Jane is survived by
two children: son Jim (Donna) Meeks, of Chesterton, Indiana, and daughter
Janis Walker, of Valparaiso, Indiana. She is survived by two grandchildren,
Gambit (Heather) Meeks of Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Mandi Baekey of
Marietta, Georgia; and one great-granddaughter, Genevieve Meeks, of
Minnetonka, Minnesota. Jane is also survived by brothers, Fred Karanovich of
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Dan Karanovich of Marietta, Georgia; and sister
Mary Ellen Trbovich of Clarksville, Pennsylvania.
In addition to her
parents, Jane was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard Meeks,
on July 18, 2010. She was also preceded in death by siblings; Mildred (Karanovich)
Grigonis in 1956, Steve Karanovich in 2008, and Donna (Karanovich) Hill in
Jane was also
preceded by her many beloved dogs including Misty, Legion, and Rusty.
She loved her
family, animals, reading Steven King novels, and was a movie buff. She was
unbeatable in Trivial Pursuit Silver Screen edition.
A funeral service
celebrating Jane’s life and legacy will be held on Thursday, February 12,
2015, at 5:00 p.m., at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 6941 Central Ave.,
Portage, Indiana, with Reverend Craig Forwalter officiating.
Visitation will be
from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service. Cremation will follow at Heritage
Crematory, Portage, IN. A private interment of cremains will be scheduled at
a later date, at Graceland Cemetery Chapel of Peace, in Valparaiso, IN.
In lieu of flowers
memorials may be made to the VNA Horton Hospice Center, Porter County Cancer
Society or the charity of donor’s choice.