Ward, Jane Frances
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Jan. 23, 1919 - Apr. 16, 2013
Jane Frances (VerBeke) Ward, 94, of Holmes Beach, FL, formerly of Moline, Illinois, passed away Apr. 16.
Born Jane Hansen on January 23, 1919 in Moline, Illinois. She graduated from high school in Geneseo, Illinois.
She married George VerBeke on October 6, in Geneseo. He preceded Jane in death October 26, 1976 in Hoopeston, Illinois.
She married Michael W. Ward on April 30, 1980 in Holmes Beach, Florida, where they continued to make their home.
Survivors include her loving and devoted husband, Mike and her children, Allan (Georgine) VerBeke, Hillsdale, Illinois, Steven (Linda) VerBeke, Silvis, Illinois., Denise (Mike) Sheppard, Champaign, Illinois, Michael (Maria) VerBeke, Hoopeston, Illinois, and three step-children, Steve (Mary Jean) Ward, Millersville, MD, Daniel (Charlotte) Ward, Pomona, Illinois and Susan (Neil) Sheppard, Hoopeston, Illinois. She was pre-ceded in death by her grandson, Jason Michael VerBeke and her step-daughter, Martha Ward.
Jane was blessed with 9 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 9 step-great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. The last great-grandchild was born April 14, 2013, and will share her middle name with her great grandmother.
Jane enjoyed Mah Jongg, bridge, reading, cooking, and in earlier years, golf. She was a huge cat lover and she loved life. She always had a huge smile on her face. She will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to have known her.
Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in East Moline, Illinois with private graveside services for family and friends.
Memorials may be made to "The Special Olympics", Jane's favorite charity, or to "Best Friends Animal Sanctuary" in Kanab, Utah.
All arrangements by Neptune Society.
Published in Herald Tribune from Apr. 19 to Apr. 24, 2013