Jane Ressler

July 22, 1939March 9, 2019
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Noma Jane (Craddock) Ressler

Beloved Wife, Mother, and Grandmother, Jane Ressler surrounded by her family passed from this life peacefully on March 9, 2019 at the age of 79.

Jane was born in Abernathy, Texas in her grandmother’s home on July 22, 1939. Jane’s family moved from Texas to Arizona and eventually Tempe Arizona in 1949. Jane attended schools in Tempe and graduated from Tempe High School in 1957.

Jane was married to Charles L. Mascari from 1957 to 1980 and they had five children. Jane married Doug Ressler in 1981.

Jane started work at Motorola shortly after the birth of her last child. She left Motorola and joined Medtronic where she was employed for 25 years. She retired from Medtronic Microlectonics Center as the General Supervisor of the Wafer Fabrication Department.

Jane was a beautiful, honest and an independent lady. She was a cook and baker without equal. Holidays with the Grandchildren and family were especially festive, teaching her children and grandchildren the art of making the perfect pie crust, “sugar and sesame seed cookies, and the beloved cuccidatis. She especially enjoyed the times when surrounded by her family and friends. Jane enjoyed great summers at her cabin in Pinetop tending her flowers, playing cards, walking her pup Dante and socializing with her “Shanghai” sisters.

Jane is pre-deceased by her parents, an infant sister (Patsy), her brother Marvin Craddock and her son Charles L. Mascari Jr.

Jane is survived by her husband, Doug, her sister, JoJo Powell, her children, Christina Youngberg (Michael), Kathryn Mascari, Samuel Mascari, Michael Mascari, and her grandchildren Kayce Youngberg, Shawn Youngberg, Jena Youngberg and Katie Jo Mascari granddaughter. In addition, Jane is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A true original lady who was steel true and blade straight.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Lakeshore Mortuary, 1815 South Dobson Road, Mesa 480-838-5639,


  • Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Celebration of Life - Reception Friday, March 15, 2019

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Marty Barrick

March 12, 2019

I can remember we had a family BBQ out on the farm. Jane and family were there . I was in the second grade and I thought Jane was so pretty, which she was. That’s my first memory of her. Got to know her when we would gather at Shirley Kaye’s for a cousins weekend that not only was she beautiful on the outside but on the inside too. Will never forget those times.
Marty Barrick



A true original lady who was “steel true and blade straight”, a teacher, tender, comrade, wife, a fellow-farer true through life”

Good morning and welcome. My name is Ronda Berkey, and I am honored to be with you as your funeral celebrant today, as you have gathered to pay tribute and celebrate a life that was very well lived.

On behalf of the family, they thank you all for being here, she valued your relationship, family or friend, your relationship and your support has meant so much to Jane.

It is truly a special day when one can stop to acknowledge the life of a woman that represented so much to her family and friends.

As her obituary describes her…”Jane was beautiful, honest and independent…a true original lady”. Doug sought the poem entitled, My Wife, by Robert Louis Stevenson, to proudly exclaim the virtues of his admiration for her; “Jane was ….steel true and blade straight”.

Jane was a daughter, sister, and loving wife, mother of five, grandmother of four, an aunt to many and a beloved friend.

Jane effortlessly graced every role bestowed on her; 25 years as supervisor at her workplace, her memberships in the “Mountain Mafia” and the “Shanghai Sisters”, to the most beloved to her family “cook and baker without equal”.

It is everything that Jane mixed and measured throughout her life is what you are here to celebrate today. I loved how the obituary stated she taught “the art of making the perfect pie crust” and that she saw the importance of traditions in sharing cookie recipes that were passed down from generation to generation.
I have great confidence in those gathered today; that we are going to hear some wonderful stories of how the impact and influence of Jane touched each of your lives.

Just as she was a woman who didn’t mince words; you knew what she meant, when she advised you… and she certainly meant what she said; you probably should have listened to her wisdom. It was that straightforwardness you admired. She was going to tell you like it is. Jane loved you deeply and she gave you her ultimate support. She was always going to be your number one cheerleader no matter what.

Her devotion to family and friends was on full display during the holidays and the summertime spent at the Pinetop cabin. Where ever she could gather and celebrate with friends; she was at her finest.

To speak of someone is to pay respect.

With all those who have gathered I know the spirit of Jane is very much in this room – you all have been blended and whisked in Jane’s essence and only YOU can portray her uniqueness the best. I invite any of you to please come forward and share your experience ….


Thank all of you for spending your morning with us to pay tribute to an extraordinary woman.

Jane’s personality and how she lived her life certainly represented the great connections to her family and her friends. She lived with the realization that “at the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you have accomplished. It is about who you have lifted up, what person you have made better. It is all about what you have given back.”

For each service I write, I get inspired by a story or an element of that person’s life that was shared with me…for Jane it was the time she made for baking with her family. Kathy her daughter shared with me a story of all of them gathered to make the cookies- the cuchidatis…Jane had everything prepped and ready- the kids just had to do the filling/rolling/applying the sprinkles/placing them into the oven/ the timing - everybody had something they were in charge of…. Kathy remembered the very last cookie- the one that was the most awful looking because it had every last leftover sprinkle pilled on it. But that is the one she remembered the most- the one that represented a collaborative job well done- the fun….kind of like the memories that were shared today- everyone had a hand in making them, a job well done–in the end- like a great cookie- they taste the best!

I have a gift for all of you today…so you may remember you were all a part of this mix, Jane needed a spatula to stir you all up- so this is a little spatula- acknowledging Jane- the cook and baker with no equal.

After we end our time here in the chapel we will be going to the Mesa City Cemetery to conclude with our final service of dedication Jane. The family invites you to this final ceremony and also invites you to a time of food and fellowship at 1 pm at Dobson Ranch Casita at 2719 S. Reyes in Mesa. Please join them to continue to celebrate the life of Jane.

Let’s conclude our service in prayer… close your eyes …you may bow your heads and feel Jane’s presence in these words.
“If you planted a seed of hope today in any hopeless heart. If someone’s burden was lighter because you did your part. If you caused a laugh that chased a tear away. If tonight your name is mentioned when someone kneels to pray. Breathe a sign of relief… and rejoice… your time was well spent today. Amen
May God Bless all of you on your journey’s ahead.

Our service is ended, thank you again for taking this time to remember Jane.


I heard your voice in the wind today and I turned to see your face; the warmth of the wind caressed me as I stood silently in place,

I felt your touch in the sun today as its warmth filled the sky; I closed my eyes for your embrace and my sprit soared high.

I saw your eyes in the window pane as I watched the falling rain; It seemed as each raindrop fell it quietly said my name,

I held you close to my heart today it made me feel complete;
you may have died…but you are not gone you will always be a part of me.

As long as the sun shines…the wind blows…the rain falls…
you will live on inside of me forever for that is all my heart knows.

You have respectfully and reverently brought Jane to her final resting place. IN committing Jane’s body to this hallowed ground, we do so with deep reverence for that body was a temple, during life, of a unique and beloved personality. A Cemetery is a history of people, a perpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth living and remembering always.

It is here that lives are commemorated, deaths are recorded, families are reunited, memories are made tangible and love is undisguised.

It is my hope for you in the days to come you will visit and find peace and comfort here.

Take great pride that you were a member of this family and that you were a cherished friend to Jane.

You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her, or you can be full of the love you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday

You can remember her and only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let her live on.

Eternal rest grant unto Jane o Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

May you find peace in your days as you recover from the loss of Jane.

May God’s goodness shine a ray of hope on all who have gathered in tribute to deliver Jane to the hands of her creator. May those gathered today be inspired by peace, hope and love.

Again I remind you to please join the family at the Dobson Ranch Casita’s at 2719 S. Reyes in Mesa for a continuation of Jane’s celebration.

Our service at this graveside has ended, go in peace.