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Jane Klock McWhirter

August 17, 1938June 11, 2020

Jane Klock McWhirter passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 11th, 2020. Heaven definitely became more joyful when she arrived! Jane was born in Auburn, Indiana on August 17, 1938 to Grace Kinder Klock and William Byron Klock. After graduation from Auburn High School she enrolled in the College of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority.

Jane thoroughly loved Bloomington remaining there awhile after graduation where her talent as an exceptionally gifted artist began to shine. Her first artistic love was Pottery and her work was on display and for sale in her Broad Ripple pottery studio, at numerous local art fairs and in the gift shop at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (Newfields). Jane loved her career as a potter firing her own kiln, making her own glazes as she specialized in stoneware and porcelain. She especially delighted in teaching friends and family how to “spin the wheel.” Although health issues prevented her from potting in recent years, nothing could suppress her artistic flair. It was evident in everything Jane did from her great sense of style to the way she entertained and decorated to the trademark calligraphy. Anyone who received a hand written note or card from Jane could attest to both her skill as an artist and to her thoughtfulness as a friend.

She lived in Bloomington, Indiana; Silver Springs, Maryland and Phoenix, Arizona but most of her adult years were spent in Indianapolis surrounded by loving family and friends. Jane’s family would especially like to thank her army of friends including David Strohmeyer, Diane Roe and Jan Yosha. Appreciated also is Hospice at IU Health.

In addition to her beloved sisters, Anne Klock Moss and Ruth K. Mavis, Jane is survived by her brother-in-law Jerry Moss; nephew Evan Moss (Carrie); nieces Laura Taylor (Jay), Katie Pedersen (Todd), Elizabeth Mavis, Emily Mavis; and thirteen great nieces and great nephews. Jane was predeceased by her parents and husband, Mark McWhirter.

Jane’s zest for life and generosity endeared her to family and friends. To say she will be greatly missed is the definition of and understatement. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions a celebration of Jane’s life will be held in the future at a time where we can share our many happy memories of Jane.

Please direct memorial contributions in Jane’s name to: Fort Klock, National Historic Landmarks, P.O. Box 42, St. Johnsville, New York 13452.

Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel assisting with arrangements. Please visit www.leppertmortuary.com to share a memory.

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Nancy Peterson

June 23, 2020

Oh my, I'm going to miss you, girlfriend. I've been flooded with memories since I read of your passing. We go back a very long way, so there are plenty and it's been a joy to relive them. Anne, Ruthie, Scott and I send our condolences and ask that we be included in the memorial service whenever it happens. She was truly one of a kind.

Scott and Nancy Peterson

Keith Sexton-Patrick

June 22, 2020

My favorite memory is of Bill telling me of the difference of Jane and Ann in studying. One would study whenever she had a little time, the other would wait until she had a lot of time. I believe Jane was the latter.

Linda and I still have a pottery salad bowl that Jane made purchased at an art fair in Indianapolis.

The Klocks, one of my favorite Auburn families.

Nancy (Engelbert) Hullinger

June 21, 2020

Dear Ann, Ruth, and Family,
I have so many fond memories of Jane. She was a wonderful big sister to us all.
Blessings to you all.
Nancy

Leslie Oniki

June 18, 2020

I was so fortunate to know Jane through her sister, Ruth. We are all from Auburn, Indiana but when I lived in Indianapolis later in life, really got to know Jane. Funny, loving, talented - a good friend, aunt and sister. I mourn her passing but picture her free and happy. Love to all of her friends and family whose lives were enriched by knowing her.

Romonda White

June 17, 2020

It was such a pleasure to know and care for Jane. She had a wonderful smile that just warmed your heart. She had a great sense of humor and made beautiful pottery. About 1 month ago I remember sitting with Jane looking out her window at our ED and his dog. Jane said the dog was taller than me (Ro because I'm, 5'1") and she just laughed. She was a joy to take care of.
Sorry for your loss Jim and Anne you guys were really great to her.

Ro

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FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Jane Klock McWhirter passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 11th, 2020. Heaven definitely became more joyful when she arrived! Jane was born in Auburn, Indiana on August 17, 1938 to Grace Kinder Klock and William Byron Klock. After graduation from Auburn High School she enrolled in the College of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority.

Jane thoroughly loved Bloomington remaining there awhile after graduation where her talent as an exceptionally gifted artist began to shine. Her first artistic love was Pottery and her work was on display and for sale in her Broad Ripple pottery studio, at numerous local art fairs and in the gift shop at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (Newfields). Jane loved her career as a potter firing her own kiln, making her own glazes as she specialized in stoneware and porcelain. She especially delighted in teaching friends and family how to “spin the wheel.” Although health issues prevented her from potting in recent years, nothing could suppress her artistic flair. It was evident in everything Jane did from her great sense of style to the way she entertained and decorated to the trademark calligraphy. Anyone who received a hand written note or card from Jane could attest to both her skill as an artist and to her thoughtfulness as a friend.

She lived in Bloomington, Indiana; Silver Springs, Maryland and Phoenix, Arizona but most of her adult years were spent in Indianapolis surrounded by loving family and friends. Jane’s family would especially like to thank her army of friends including David Strohmeyer, Diane Roe and Jan Yosha. Appreciated also is Hospice at IU Health.

In addition to her beloved sisters, Anne Klock Moss and Ruth K. Mavis, Jane is survived by her brother-in-law Jerry Moss; nephew Evan Moss (Carrie); nieces Laura Taylor (Jay), Katie Pedersen (Todd), Elizabeth Mavis, Emily Mavis; and thirteen great nieces and great nephews. Jane was predeceased by her parents and husband, Mark McWhirter.

Jane’s zest for life and generosity endeared her to family and friends. To say she will be greatly missed is the definition of and understatement. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions a celebration of Jane’s life will be held in the future at a time where we can share our many happy memories of Jane.

Please direct memorial contributions in Jane’s name to: Fort Klock, National Historic Landmarks, P.O. Box 42, St. Johnsville, New York 13452.

Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel assisting with arrangements. Please visit www.leppertmortuary.com to share a memory.