Jane Marie Steranka (1962 - 2018)

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On Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, our beloved Jane Marie Steranka passed away peacefully at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Wash., after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jane leaves behind her husband of 32 years, Mark; and five loving children, Collin (28), Justin (27), Jordan (25), Rachel (23) and Sarah (20). Jane is the daughter of John and Mia Bassler; and sister of Mary Ann, Elly, Suzy, Don, Carl, Louie, Tom, Nicky, Laurie, Lynn and Jeff. She will join her parents and sister, Laurie, in heaven.
Born on April 30, 1962, Jane grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. She attended West High School in Anchorage and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in mathematics. After meeting at Notre Dame, Jane and Mark were married on Aug. 22, 1986. They lived in Boston, Mass., for three years before moving to Seattle in 1989, with Jane seven months pregnant. Jane stayed home to raise their children - the most important job in the world. She enjoyed playing board games and cards with the kids, watching countless soccer games, baking, running, walking, tutoring high school students in math and spending quality time with family and friends. She served on school committees and volunteered in their kids' schools. She was genuine and practical in everything she did. She got her sharp mind and strength from her mom and her quick wit and thriftiness from her dad.
Memorial services were held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bothell, Wash., on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Bishop Eusebio Elizondo presided over the mass. Her final resting place is Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline, Wash.
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St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
2316 180th St SE
Bothell, WA 98012
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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18, 2018
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