Jane B. Sparks, age 87, of Erie, passed away Friday, May 4, 2012, at UPMC Hamot. She was born in Altoona, Pa. on April 19, 1925, the daughter of the late Charles and Ruth Boyer Blake. She graduated from Altoona High School in 1943 and went on to work at Bell Telephone in Altoona and General Telephone in Erie and also worked as a GECAC Senior Aide. Jane is a former member of Sarah Hearn Presbyterian Church and a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church. She was a voracious reader, enjoyed music, and attended many local concerts and art exhibits. She was a member of the Presque Isle Women's Club for over 40 years and the Coterie Club. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a husband, Robert W. Sparks. She is survived by a daughter, Kathlene Chernauskas and her husband, Victor; two sons, Robert W. Sparks and his close friend, Jeri Justice and David W. Sparks; two brothers, Richard Bloom and his wife, Norma, of State College, Pa. and Donald Bloom and his wife, Alice, of Dover, Del.; two grandchildren, Matthew Chernauskas and Andrew Chernauskas and his wife, Sky; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Burton Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 602 W. 10th Street, Erie, PA 16502 on Monday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend a service on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the New Hope Presbyterian Church, 5440 Washington Ave., Erie, PA 16509. Burial in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Erie County Library Memorial Fund, 160 East Front Street, Erie, PA 16507.
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Published in the Erie Times-News from May 6 to May 7, 2012