Jane Marie Pelkey

March 23, 1948October 22, 2013
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Jane M. Pelkey of Lansing, formerly of Reese MI, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 2013. She was born on March 23 1948 in Saginaw Michigan, the daughter of the late Elmer and Lydia (Daenzer) Heinlein.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her daughters, Theresa Olsen of Katy TX, and Kimberly (Roger) Tayler of Highland MI, grandchildren Lauren and Zachary Olsen and Kayla Tayler, sister Karen (Daniel) Friderici of Bath MI, and fiancé Al Dureich of Lansing MI.

On this day the world lost a wonderful woman, someone who could make you laugh, would cry with you, loved her friends and family unconditionally. Was the best friend, sister, mom and grandma anyone could ask for. Jane had many hobbies; she loved gardening, needlework, reading, shopping, traveling, camping and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren. A graduate of Saginaw Business Institute she worked as secretary after raising her children. For the last 18 years she was a dedicated administrative assistant for Gordon Food Service.

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Washington, DeWitt, MI. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Those desiring may make contributions to the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906, in memory of Jane M. Pelkey.


  • Visitation Saturday, November 2, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 2, 2013

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Judy Rivette

February 12, 2014

I just wanted to say that I think about my cousin Jane often. I still am in shock from her passing, it just doesn't seem real. Mostly I feel for her daughters Tracy and Kim because I can only imagine how hard it is to lose their mother at this stage in life. Karen, I hope you are doing ok were very close with your sister. Al,you were a great companion to Jane and I bet you could tell alot of wonderful stories of your lives together. My heart aches for all of you, she was an absolutely amazing person in my eyes.

Rich LeMire

November 10, 2013

I am so sad to hear of Jane's passing. I just found out yesterday, I still can't believe it. I worked with Jane @ Gordon Food Service for several years, and we shared many laughs together. And confided in one another from time to time.She will be missed, and I will never forget the time we shared. We'll meet again some day...

Lois 'Reinhardt' & Gene Bickel

October 31, 2013

To Al, Jane's daughters, and families, Karen, I want to express my sincere sympathy. I had a lot of fun with Jane at Immanuel Lutheran school - Korf School especially!
It is so very hard for me to imagine that she is gone. We last spoke at our 50th Confirmation reunion. Thank God for that opportunity.

Phyllis Dillon

October 31, 2013

I'll always remember. The cruise (laugh from departure to return) - the trip to the YO in TX - the strength you gave me when Phil died. I don't think I thanked you enough for your support. I'm sure you know how I feel. Thank you for being my friend. I'll always remember.

Cheryl (Daenzer) Houck

October 30, 2013

We are so sorry to hear about Jane's passing and our hearts are so heavy. Jane was such a loving, happy and spirited cousin, who always had a smile for everyone. We haven't made it back to Michigan very often lately, but we're so thankful we were able to visit with her at Uncle Elmer's 95th birthday.

God bless all of you as you mourn your mother, sister, Grandma and fiancé. Our deepest condolences.

Love, Cheryl (Daenzer) and Dan Houck

John Abraham

October 29, 2013

So sorry to hear of Jane's passing. We always had great fun on the holidays & birthdays at our Uncle Clarence's as we celebrated with the Heinlein clan. I always thought sharing an Uncle was kind of a neat thing.
It was good to see Jane last year at our confirmation reunion. I look forward to seeing her again in the presence of our Savior.

Marlene Zimmerman-Carrotti

October 28, 2013

So sorry to about Jane's passing. I graduated with Jane and was friends during high school, even then Jane had a way of making you laugh with her wonderful personally. I'm sure she will be missed.

October 27, 2013

Words cannot express my thoughts of deep sadness in the loss of Jane.

She was the spark plug of us "Heinlein girls" and always a friend when anyone was in need. My most cherished early memory of Jane was when we were little kids and she let me hang with her--even though there was a 5 year age difference. Monumental when so young. We would meet up at Grandma Heinlein's house and run out to the barn out back, crawl underneath on our hands and knees to bury what was perceived to be valuable treasures in our special hiding place, and then laugh and jabber incessantly without a care in the world. I hold this dear memory close in my heart.
Always a smile for me--always an acute understanding we had for each other. A life so cherished -- a lost so sudden -- my heart and those of her special family and friends so broken. I will remember her always as my baking and gardening guru, my cousin and my friend.
Jan(ice) (Heinlein) Armstrong


October 27, 2013

October 27, 2013