Jane R. Cek
April 2, 1929 – February 25, 2018
Jane R. Cek, 88, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2018 surrounded by her family and friends. A member of the “Greatest Generation”, she was born on April 2, 1929 in Tarentum, PA to Samuel and Edna (nee Schroff) Rise during the “Great Depression”. Jane grew up in Fredericksburg, PA and graduated from Lebanon High School in 1947. She served as Alumni Class Secretary for more than sixty years. After high school she worked in the Lebanon Bell Telephone office, where she met a GI returning from the European theater in 1946, Anthony R. Cek, who became the love of her life. They married on August 25, 1951 and were life-long residents of Cornwall, PA. Jane was a stay-at-home mom until her children entered junior high. At that time she worked part-time at the Lebanon County Prison as a correctional officer/assistant warden for the women’s unit and completed coursework from the United States Department of Justice in Jail Management. She and her husband co-founded the local landmark restaurant known as Tony’s Mining Company in 1974, serving as the sole proprietor after his death in 1981 until her retirement in 1998. She was a member the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cornwall and served as a volunteer for the Salvation Army in the 1960s and 70s. Jane was a member of the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce and served on the editorial board of “Cooking for Profit” magazine until her retirement. Her restaurant was the recipient of several “Best of” and the prestigious Ford Times award in 1980. Jane is survived by her son Anthony, husband of Betty (Alexander) of Lebanon, and daughter Jean, wife of Paul Kotkas of Cornwall; her brother Sam Rise and wife Patricia D’Onofrio (deceased) of Holmdel, New Jersey; grandchildren Daniel Lineaweaver and wife Melissa (Yeagley) of Jonestown, PA, Matthew J. Cek of Alexandria, Virginia, Erin E. Umbenhauer and husband Jason of Harrisburg, Laura Rose Daversa and husband Chad of Pittsburgh, PA; her great grandchildren, Ian Lineaweaver, Ryan Cek, Abigail Jane Umbenhauer, McKenna and Aria Daversa; several nieces and nephews; and her life-long friend Marilyn Gregorski of Dallas, PA. She was predeceased by an infant sister, Betty Ann Rise. There will be no viewing; however, by her instructions a “Celebration of Life” will be held at a later date at the convenience of family and friends. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to The Salvation Army of Lebanon County, 1031 Guilford St, Lebanon, PA 17046 or VisionCorps, 244 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603. Condolences may be left on Jane R. Cek’s online guest book.