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Janetta Marche


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Janetta Marche Obituary

HILLSDALE - Janetta M. "Jane" Marché, 93, passed away June 12, 2016 at Drews Country Living in Hillsdale. She was born May 19, 1923 in Carrollton, Kentucky to William H. and Anna Lee Ewers, who later moved to Michigan. She also had a sister, Joanne, and brother Perry, both of whom preceded her in death.

Jane graduated from Benton Harbor High School, Class of 1940. She was a mid-year graduate (1943-44) of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and a member of the Alpha Beta Epsilon sorority. She taught elementary education for 8 years in Hastings, Fairplain, and Holland Michigan, respectively (1944-1952).

On December 28, 1947, she married Jordan D. "Judd" Marche, a veteran of the U.S. Navy who was then in the retail shoe business in St. Joseph. She shared 63 years of marriage with Judd before he passed away in 2011. He joined Sears, Roebuck and Co. in 1949 and eventually rose to become a store manager in Lincoln, Illinois along with managing stores in Adrian, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, and Hillsdale, Michigan, where the couple finally settled in 1974.

Jane served as executive director of the Adrian, Michigan Camp Fire Girls, Inc. and was a past president of St. Peter's Episcopal Church Women in Hillsdale. Along with having an active interest in fishing, Jane spent some of her spare time in drawing and painting. Her handwriting was exquisite.

Jane is survived by her two children, Jan M. (Jim) Irwin of Muskegon and Jordan D. (Theresa) Marché II of Oregon, Wisconsin; and three grandsons, Jeffrey (April) Irwin of California, Jay (Megan) Irwin of Muskegon and Jarrod Irwin of Wisconsin.

Funeral services for Jane Marché will be held Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 1 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Hillsdale with Rev. Andrea Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Hillsdale. The family will receive friends for visitation Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Peter's Episcopal Church. For online condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on June 13, 2016
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