Jane Ruhlman EIDE

On March 2, 2013, Jane Ruhlman Eide, died peacefully at home at age 86. She spent her last days with family, friends and her beloved dog, Jody. She will be fondly remembered for her creativity, humor, compassion and fabulous cooking. She is survived by her children: Diane Pfister (Stuart), Hans Eide (Leonette), Kenneth Eide (Kathy), Carla Eide, M.D., and her sisters Patricia Hansen and Dallyce "Dee" Sand. Her younger brother, James, died in 1992. She is also survived by her Norwegian daughter Trine Jensen (Trond) and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, a large extended family in both the US and Norway, and many friends. Jane Ruhlman Eide was born at home in Burlingame, CA on July 14, 1926 to Dallas and Edythe Ruhlman, as the eldest of four children. She grew up in Petaluma and Novato. A child of the depression, Jane worked most of her life. As a teen, she worked at the Standard Oil Station in Novato during WWII and baled hay in Black Point. Later she clerked at the Pacific Far East Lines in San Francisco. In Novato, Jane met her teenage sweetheart, Harry Eide. They married and had two daughters and two sons. Jane was a "force of nature", always trying to leave things better than she found them. She spent many hours contributing to organizations in both Sonoma and Marin Counties while raising her children. She served as a 4-H leader and also cooked for years at Los Posadas 4-H summer camp and at Camp Norge, the Sons of Norway Language and Heritage Camp in Alta, CA. She was a long time member of the Novato Historical Society, the Novato Presbyterian Church and later Kenwood Community Church. In addition, Jane was a Charter member of Sons of Norway Olaf Lodge 82 in San Rafael, where she served as Lodge President. After moving to Santa Rosa, she served as President of Freya Lodge 62. She was a founding member of Olompali People, which was instrumental in creating Olompali State Park in Novato in 1990. After her children were grown, she returned to school and later worked at Marin County Office of Education, where she retired in the 1990s. Jane enjoyed country western dancing. She was an accomplished craftsperson, gardener, cook and artist who exhibited at the Sonoma County Fair. An avid traveler, Jane joined Friendship Force and travelled to England and Brazil. She also travelled with family to Australia, Norway, Micronesia, Canada and Mexico. In the last few years, Jane participated in the Santa Rosa Senior Center history class and discussion group. She also volunteered as an usher at Luther Burbank/Wells Fargo Center. She was happiest surrounded by friends and family, especially when cooking one of her famous meals. She is greatly missed. Her memorial service will be at the Kenwood Community Church April 6 at 1:00 p.m.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2013