Jane Virginia Efshen (1943 - 2015)

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On April 23, 2015 Jane Virginia Efshen passed away at Bartlett Hospital in Juneau, Alaska. She was born as one of twins on January 4, 1943 in Roseau, Minnesota to Conrad and Hazel Efshen. The twins grew up on a small farm outside of Roseau until the family moved to Seattle, Washington in 1952. In 1956 they temporarily moved to Camas, Washington; finally settling down in Vancouver, Washington. Jane attended Shumway Junior High and later graduated from Fort Vancouver High School in 1962. Jane worked in canneries in Vancouver, Washington and Gresham, Oregon. She also did custodial and domestic work. Then in 1968 she moved to Hillsboro, Oregon and worked for Aladdin Trailer Company.
In 1993 Jane moved to Juneau Alaska to be with her sister Judy and to be a care giver. She became a certified Master Gardener. She became best known for her volunteer work in gardening, helping the people of Gruening Park with their community garden. She also volunteered as a disk jockey for KTOO radio. Jane was a member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and was best known for her cinnamon rolls.
Jane was preceded in death by both of her parents and is survived by her twin sister Judy Marshall and her older sister Beverly Chidester. The other survivors are Beverly's children: Cynthia Grissom, Cathy Chidester, Candice Lloyd, and Terrance Chidester; and Judy's children: Dirk Marshall, Amber Mashall, and Tawney Marshall, many of whom have multiple children of their own.
There will be a Memorial Service on Monday May 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. All who knew her are welcome to attend.
Published in The Juneau Empire from May 1 to May 31, 2015