Jane A. (Cheek) Brown (1937 - 2015)

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Jane A. Brown, 78, of Vandalia passed away at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, at Unity Baptist Church, Ill. Route 185 location, Vandalia, with the Rev. Robert Weaver officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of services at the church. At the request of Jane and her family, her body will be cremated after services. Hohlt & File Funeral Home of Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hohltandfilefh.com
Mrs. Brown was born in DuQuoin on Feb. 9, 1937, the daughter of William and Florene Cheek. On Dec. 30, 1956, she married Thomas J. Brown of DuQuoin, her first date and childhood love.
After their marriage Tom and Jane moved to Chicago, then to the suburb of Lombard, where they lived for approximately 13 years.
During their time in Lombard, Jane was an active member of the Lombard Bible Church, where she served as a leader for the Pioneer Girls, an organization for ages junior high through high school. In addition, she taught Sunday school for high school girls, was a camp leader for Camp Cherith and, with her husband, coordinated Bible school for ages birth through adulthood. At this time, she was also a member of the Evangelical Child Welfare Association, where she was council representative.
Another phase of Jane's life began in Lombard, as she began her college career at the College of DuPage.
Due to a change in her husband's profession, in 1971, the family made the move to Vandalia. Other than raising four children, Jane took an interest in the school system and ran as a candidate for the Vandalia School Board in 1974. While on the board, she served as secretary of the board for five years. She was also elected chairperson for the Kaskaskia Region. In this capacity, Jane served on the financial committee for the State Board of Education and became a member of the Right to Read program.
Aside from the school system, Jane was employed by Fayette County Hospital for 17 years. At this time, she completed her education, an associate's degree from Kaskaskia College and her bachelor's degree from Concordia University, where she graduated cum laude. In addition, Jane was a certified accredited records technician, which enabled her to work in the medical records department.
In September 1998, Jane embarked on the career that was her true love – TEACHING. She began substitute teaching for Vandalia School District #203 at that time. Eventually, the high school was her usual place of work. There, she taught summer school English, served as a grief counselor and loved any role she undertook for the students. Sports were a very top priority for Jane and, with her husband, she was an avid Vandalia basketball fan. However, all sports were very important.
On the fun side, Jane enjoyed traveling with her husband all over the United States, and playing golf and bridge. She was a member of the Vandalia Country and Golf Club and Vandalia Ladies Golf Association, for which she served as secretary/treasurer. She also belonged to the St. Elmo Country Club.
Her love of the Lord Jesus Christ began at an early age. She was baptized at the First Baptist Church of DuQuoin and had her church membership at Lombard Bible.
"Mrs. Brown," as her students would say is survived by her husband, Thomas J. Brown of Vandalia; daughters Krystal and her husband Greg Hohlt of Vandalia, Stacy and her husband Tim McMillan of Brownstown, and Micki and husband Scott Durbin of Vandalia; son Tom Brown and wife Paige of Waterloo; grandchildren, Kristoffer Taylor and his wife Michelle, Brett Taylor and his wife Mindy, Brianne and her husband Jason Garner, Erin and her husband Steve Sash, Caitlin Hines and friend Adam Reinhold, Marion Brown and wife Brandy, Terre brown, Devin Durbin, Mike Durbin, Chris Durbin and his wife Amanda, Madison Brown, Nathan Brown, and Luke Hohlt and his wife Megan; and great-grandchildren Zoe, Ally, Natalie, Kynley, Sylas, Mabry, Dakira, Sloan, Zach, Justin and Zane
She was preceded in death by her parents.

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Published in The Leader-Union from June 6 to June 17, 2015