JANE E. VAN WILLIGAN HIGHLAND, IN Jane E. (nee Leep) Van Willigan, age 102 of Highland, went to her Heavenly Home on Wednesday February 5, 2014. She passed peacefully at home with family and caregivers at her side. Jane was born in Sask, Canada on December 5, 1911 to E.K. and Jennie (nee De Vries) Leep. Upon coming to the U.S., she attended Highland Christian School. Jane married John C. Van Willigan on May 29, 1933. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; daughters: Bonnie (Ernie) Schulz and Laurelie (Jim) Skwiertz; and all 10 Leep siblings. Jane is survived by son, Jay C. (Joan, nee Mc Corty) Van Willigan; 14 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; 24 great- great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Jane worked many years with her husband in their grocery store and after his death, she worked in the office at Pleasant View Dairy. After her retirement from there, she spent many years as a receptionist at Bank of Highland until the age of 82. In her retirement, Jane enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, watching sports on TV, nightly suppers with her sisters, and traveling with her son and daughter-in-law in their motor home. For the past nine years, Jane had been assisted by awesome caregivers: Pauline Colias, Beverli Leep, and Donna Griggs; and for the past 22 months, Hospice of the Calumet Area has given support. Thanks to: Mary, Christina, Chaplin Mike, Melissa, Amber, Nancy, and Debbi. Jane was deeply religious, devoting many years to her church, New Life Reformed. Friends may meet with the family on Monday, February 10, 2014 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Rd. (two blocks south of Ridge Rd.), Highland, IN. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday February 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Rev. Bill Sytsma officiating. www.kuiperfh.com
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Published in The Times from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2014