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Jane Meeks Celebration of Life is Thursday, February 12

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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, Indiana.

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 2010.

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.



Posted 2/11/2015