Jane S. Tompkins, 79, of South Gibson, died Sunday at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre, after an illness. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Rev. Lynn H. Tompkins, on Aug. 12, 2020.
Born May 15, 1942, in Carbondale, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Grace Nichols Griffin. Jane had been employed by the Mountain View School District as a school bus driver and later as a teacher's aide. They were jobs she thoroughly enjoyed as she loved being around children. She was a more than 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, 258 Sunshine Chapter, Thompson. A truly Christian woman, Jane was devoted to her Lord and Savior. She had perfect attendance for 16 years at Sunday School and rarely missed church on Sunday as an adult. She cherished every moment she spent with her family and she was extremely proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a talented baker and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by four sons, Kenneth Tompkins and wife, Judy, Oneonta, N.Y.; Wayne Tompkins and wife, Barbara, Athens, Texas; John Tompkins and wife, Cheryl, South Gibson; and Nate Tompkins and wife, Marsha, South Gibson; 10 grandchildren, Sandy, Jake, Tyler, Clair, Hollis, Paulina, Marguerite, Avery, Adia and Addison; eight great-grandchildren, Calix, Weston, Elijah, Clara Jane, Mia, Emory, Jameson and Kristen; a sister, Cindy Bartkus, South Gibson; two brothers, Larry Griffin, South Gibson; and Danny Griffin, South Gibson; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Shifler-Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 18 Airport Road, Clifford, with the Rev. John Shaffer, pastor, South Gibson United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment, South Gibson Cemetery. For those who cannot attend, the funeral service will be live streamed from the funeral home's website.
Viewing hours will be held Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the South Gibson Cemetery Association, 8459 State Route 92, South Gibson, PA 18842.
To share condolences with Jane's family, visit her book of everlasting memories at www.parisefuneralhome.com.