Jane Frances Fortwengler Kimbel

June 5, 1938December 22, 2013

Jane (Janie) Frances Kimbel, born June 5, 1938, in Louisville, Kentucky, passed away peacefully at her home in Athens, Georgia, on December 22, 2013. She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Kimbel, of Athens, GA; her son, John Keirce Kimbel, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Terri Lynne, of Franklin, TN; her grandsons, John “Keirce” Kimbel III and Peyton Scott Kimbel; her sister, Judith Ann Martin, of Louisville, KY; and several nieces and nephews. “Momma Jane” also had a large heart and a close extended family consisting of her childhood friend Chris Mundt and Brenda Barrett, her close friend of many years, as well as her honorary children, Sharla Hanks Smith, Michele and Lee Moortson, and Sergio Ruano, and her grand dogs and cats, Tiki, Sophie, JB, and Layla. She had a special group of friends called the “Ya Ya’s” who loved their monthly dinner meeting and celebrating birthdays and special holidays together. Janie also enjoyed her Saturday morning tennis group and social meetings at Panera’s. Everyone that knew her marveled at her free spirit, love for University of Georgia football, and horse racing—as well as her fidelity to her native Kentucky bourbon. Janie was a graduate of Presentation Academy and Spaulding University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing. She taught obstetrics at St. Mary’s and Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville, KY, before relocating to Athens, GA, where she became a dedicated registered nurse serving St. Mary’s hospital’s obstetrical unit as Director from 1963 until her retirement in June 2000. In May 1996 she was awarded “The Sister M. Antonette Excellence in Leadership Award” for outstanding leadership, service and clinical expertise in the obstetrical field. She always gave generously of her time and talent to improve care to mothers and infants. Throughout her career Janie mentored many nurses who she mentioned often, always with great pride in their accomplishments. Janie is predeceased by her parents Edward and Martha Fortwengler and her sister Jennifer Lee Siebel. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Friday, December 27th at 11:00am at Bernstein Funeral Home chapel. Family will be accepting visitors at 10:30am. A reception will follow at her home 260 Mallard Pointe Way, Athens, Georgia. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Janie’s name to “Helping Paws Rescue,”130 Whitetail Way, Bogart, Georgia 30622, Attention: Amanda Crook. Online condolences may be offered at Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Friday, December 27, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, December 27, 2013

Jane Frances Fortwengler Kimbel

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lindsey glenn

January 3, 2014

I am truly heart broken to hear about the passing of mamma Jane....
One fine lady....

January 2, 2014

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Denny Blake

December 30, 2013

Dear Leslie and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Janie's passing. I hope you will accept my deepest sympathy and the knowledge that I will be thinking and praying for your family at this time.

Sandra Berryman

December 28, 2013

Janie was very special lady that I was privileged to have known. Worked with her for many years at st Mary's. My thoughts go out to Leslie and all of the family! Heaven has another angel

Ginny Mullaney

December 27, 2013

Judy, I am so sorry to learn of Jane's death. So many fond memories of parties and sleepovers at the home on Ellison. You are in my prayers
Ginny Ghee Mullaney

Beverly Barrett

December 27, 2013

Leslie and Family,

So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I will be thinking of you and sending up prayers for your peace and comfort in the weeks and months ahead

December 27, 2013

I remember her as a sweet, caring, and devoted lady. I know she will be missed.
Susan Black

December 27, 2013

Words do not adequately express my sadness and shock of her sudden departure. Janie was a nursing classmate at "Nazareth College" i.e. Spalding Univ. She pasted down her neat, organized maternity nursing notes to me when I took a new teaching position. I will always remember her talking fondly about her family...and dogs and cats. Blessings!

December 27, 2013

Leslie and John,
I am so sorry to hear about Mrs.Kimbel passing because she was like a mother to me who worked under leadership and a great mentor on the O.B. unit and ,she loved youi'll and the grandson.She was a very special lady and friend.
Loove always,
Brenda Milner

December 27, 2013

Leslie, so sorry to hear about your mother. My prayers and thoughts are with you at such a difficult time. Your mother was an awesome lady and nurse!
Donna Davis