Jane Mary (Grishow) Schade
August 12, 1949 - April 27, 2021
The great-granddaughter of Polish immigrants and Missouri farmers, Jane Mary (Grishow) Schade came into her own throughout Colorado.
Born August 12, 1949, in St. Joseph, Missouri, to Stella (Szylkowski) (d.) and Wendell Grishow Sr. (d.), Jane rounded out her birth family as the youngest and only daughter. Her brothers, Curt and Wendell Jr., who hold the honor of bearing witness to the entirety of her life, would become her fiercest champions and friends in each of her seven decades.
While teaching English in Lamar in the late seventies, she met her Prince Charming, Randy Schade, in graduate school at Western State. They married in 1981. For nearly four decades, starting in a trailer in Clifton and ending in a home they built together in Pueblo West, she traveled the United States in various RVs with him, worked in District 51 and 70, and gave birth and raised her two favorite people, Stephanie Coffee and Loran Grishow-Schade. Stephanie continues in her professional tradition at Sierra Vista as a paraprofessional and Loran as a social worker.
The women of her life, Peg McCown, Barb Grishow, Linda DiPrince (d.), Karen Provenza, and Sharon Grishow, were her confidants, motivators, and dearest sisters.
From 1981 to 1996, Jane served the families of District 51 as a teacher at Fruita Elementary and counselor at Fruita Middle, and was later honored to be part of the original team to open Redlands Middle in 1992.
The 70s and early 80s were perhaps the decades in which she began to understand the unmeasurable depths and capacities of her love as she welcomed niece, Lisa Cellar, and nephews, D.C. and John DiPrince, Rob Grishow, and Bryce Turuc. Watching them become adults, find happiness in their lives, and find familiarity with Crystal, Adra, Mark, Laura, Michelle, and Maddie gave her tremendous pride.
In relationship to herself, she loved fresh veggies, a summer breeze, and Aretha Franklin; purple as a color, Bingo blitz (I-22!) and Yahtzee! nights with her family. She was nearly incapable of saying "no" to anyone more than half her age, and she was, for better and worse, always cooking for more company than was expected.
Surrounded by family, she passed peacefully on April 27, 2021, from complications related to ALS. Jane asked that a private service with immediate family be held at a later time. The family asks that if you would like to make a donation in her memory, please send it to Kinderkirk Preschool and Childcare of Pueblo West, 434 S. Conquistador Ave., Pueblo West, CO 81007.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on May 2, 2021.