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J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home

811 Finley Dr, Albion, MI

OBITUARY

Jane A Dianich

November 16, 1947July 25, 2020
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Jane Alberta Dianich passed away on July 25, 2020 at the age of 72, sadly, through an accident in the water at her summer cottage at Pleasant Lake in Delton, Michigan. Jane was born on November 16, 1947, to John and Helen (Crownover) Dianich, in Albion, Michigan. Her year-round home was in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Jane graduated from Albion High School in 1965. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany and Physical Sciences from Michigan State University in 1969, a Masters Degree in Earth Science Teaching in 1975, and she completed additional postgraduate classes in earth science and hydrology at Colorado State University. Jane taught earth and other sciences at secondary schools in Michigan and Colorado, including at East Junior High School, Jackson, MI; Mason Junior High School; Cranbrook-Kingswood Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI; and Kent Denver Country Day School, Englewood, CO. Jane was named the Outstanding Secondary Science Teacher for the State of Michigan by the Michigan Science Teachers Association for 1974-75. Jane currently did substitute teaching at St. Catherine of Siena School in the Archdiocese of Denver, and she also taught professional development earth science classes for teachers through Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tessa Dianich Toms. Jane is survived by her son, Trevor Dianich Toms, of Lakewood, CO, her loving husband, Peter John Modreski, of Wheat Ridge, CO; her sisters, Ruth Ann (Dianich) Anderson of Rives Junction, MI, and Mary Dianich Kaiser of Gallatin, TN and many nieces and nephews. Jane was an active member of Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, Wheat Ridge, CO, and of the church choir. She also attended Faith United Methodist Church in Delton, MI. She belonged to the Maple Grove Grange in Wheat Ridge, the Denver Gem and Mineral Guild, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society and she was a life member of the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association. Jane treasured her continued lifelong friendships with both teaching colleagues and students whom she had taught, from her years in Michigan and more recently from Colorado.

Jane was a caring, generous, loving person who always thought of others before herself. Her joy and excitement about everything in life were constant and infectious. Jane loved to study, and share her knowledge with others, about all areas of science, especially botany, animals, the earth, astronomy, hydrology, meteorology, and everything in nature. Her great loves in life included flowers, butterflies, geology (especially the glacial history of Michigan), children, and her friends and family. She passionately loved gardening, teaching, music (she played the cello), and everything connected with water. Jane passed away while living at the lovely lake cottage that had been her dream to have, surrounded by flower gardens, the earth, water, and sky, and so many good and loving friends, neighbors, and family members. Jane had complete faith that she would be reunited with her daughter and her family in heaven. We will all miss her beyond words.

Visitation for family and friends will be Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, Michigan 49224. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery, Albion with Pastor Allen Henson officiating. To leave online messages of condolence, please visit www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation/Viewing

    Saturday, August 8, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, August 8, 2020

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Idella Lewis

August 10, 2020

It was always so wonderful to spend time with Jane. We had so many fun times together and we loved some of the same things---flowers, food, rocks, adventures and having fun.! What a delightful person she was, being helpful and generous by sharing her many talents with others.

I will miss my good friend but I have many memories of all the good times we shared.

My sympathy to you,
Idella Lewis

Barney Peterson

August 10, 2020

I did not know Jane well, but will always remember her with a smile for the wacky, fun way she helped us share laughter as we built memories at our EarthWorks reunion....having us say good bye whilst blowing bubbles to share fellowship and laughter. Rest In Peace, Jane.

Carol Kendall

August 8, 2020

Jane always had a warm greeting and kind words whenever I helped out at the Denver Gem and Mineral show. It was such a pleasure to see Jane at earth science events. I will always remember her giving spirit and calm manner. Paul and I are saddened by her loss and extend our heartfelt sympathy to her beloved husband, Pete.

Carol Kendall

Tina Davis

August 6, 2020

Dear Peter and Trevor....
I am writing this message for you both, and to the memory of your dear wife and Mom, Jane. I am thanking you for being the friends and family that I prayed for Grant when he moved out to graduate school in 2010. It seemed so far away and I was so concerned that Grant would have a "family" to be close to. Goodness, your Mom most certainly was so very kind and loving to Grant and to us as well when we came to visit. I will treasure our meals and visits together, friends! I know that is just the person that Jane was and you as well, Peter. I am so thankful that love always lives on in our hearts, because Jane will always hold a special place for us forever in our hearts. Trevor, thank you for also being a great friend to Grant, I know he is blessed to call you a brother and friend. My heart is sad, but it is also full...I am thankful for the assurance and hope that Jane had in her faith and eternity, for the way Jane touched so many and that she will always live on in your hearts and the hearts of so many...Continued prayers for you as you say goodbye to your wife and mom....Randy, Tina and Grant Davis

Nik Don Brandborg

August 4, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

Be safe and healthy. Take care of yourself at this difficult time.

carol schmitz

August 4, 2020

I knew Jane as kind, extremely generous, curious and informed about the world, and a giver of joy. She constantly sent flowers, snacks and fun seasonal goodies along with Pete to our office. Like Pete, she loved sharing her knowledge about our planet and did so in her daily conversations, and while serving in many capacities in various clubs and organizations. They both shared their passion for nature and the earth with so many, many others. Pete and Jane were entirely devoted to one another and expressed their love unabashedly. Jane was truly a charming, unique woman whom I admired very much. She will be sorely missed by everyone she encountered.

Gail and Jim Spann

August 4, 2020

We are so sad that Jane will not join us for our annual dinner in Tucson. We always loved seeing her approach with a smile and corsage, or card, in her hand. It was always a joyful moment. She will be missed.

Jaye, Eldon and Jean Smith

August 3, 2020

Pete and Trevor, Words can not adequately express our sincere thoughts of sympathy with the loss of your loving soulmate and devoted mother. Know we grieve with you and understand very well that the road ahead will be difficult to navigate without her. The memories of Jane will always be with you to cherish and share, thus keeping her amazing spirit alive.

Joseph Kerski

August 2, 2020

Jane was truly always full of life and joy ! And I am sure she still is as I write this. We always talked about lakes geography music and so much more in the 20 years that I knew her. I even visited her earth science high school class in Colorado that she was teaching which was a special memory as are the gem and science conferences and Christmas gatherings at our house. Peace Jane and May we all bring joy to others as you did so well ! Joseph Kerski

Renate Schumacher

August 2, 2020

Jane was such a dear, loving and caring friend. We first met over twenty years ago, while we spent time at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Our first close encounter was at the Checkerboard Breakfast Restaurant, a place, at which she, Pete and I went for breakfast many times and years afterwards.

Jane was such a loving and caring friend. Every time, I came to Tucson or Denver she would welcome me with a nicely decorated table set with my favorite dishes. She also managed wonderfully decorated picnics, set on the trunk of the car in the middle of the desert. When Pete and I went for a hike, Jane welcomed us back with special drinks, always caring and full empathy.

We have shared so many times under various conditions and with mutual sympathy. It was wonderful to have Jane and Pete visit my husband Winfried and me in Germany.

My severe sadness is soothed by knowing that Pete had fulfilled her lifetime wish to own a second home at a lake in Michigan. I know Jane was very happy during the last two years spending time at her „dream place“. My husband and I originally had booked a flight to visit Pete and Jane there this month...

I remember sharing sad times but mostly extremely joyful times with Jane. I will always remember her smile, her thoughtfulness and her love. I know that butterflies played a special role in her life. To me, Jane turned into a butterfly, spending time with us as well as with her daughter, who had passed away way too early. Jane will continue to live in her wonderful son Trevor, a talented, thoughtful and musical man I am happy to know. And I will continue sharing memories with her loving husband Pete.

With love, Renate (right now in Iceland) and Winfried

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