Mary Jane Huber

June 30, 1945May 11, 2018
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Mary Jane “Janie” Huber, 72 of Versailles, Ohio passed away on Friday May 11, 2018 at 5:49 AM at the Versailles Health Care Center, Versailles, Ohio. She was born June 30, 1945 in Sidney, Ohio the daughter of the late Aloys H. & Mary Margaret (Hole) Hoelscher. She was a graduate of Fort Loramie High School; she earned a Bachelor of Arts/Education from Bowling Green University; and earned a Master’s Degree from Wright State University. She worked at Versailles Elementary School primarily as a 4th grade teacher. Over the years, she had many special friends on the school staff. After retiring in 2000, she also worked as a substitute teacher. She was a co-owner with her husband of C & J Café from 1978-1983. She was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church; member of Ft. Loramie Catholic Ladies of Columbia; She loved golf with Louis, family and friends at Stillwater Golf Course and other planned outings; She formerly was the Secretary for the Versailles Poultry Days Committee; she was a member of many local clubs since retirement and making new friends in these various groups; she loved following her two granddaughters’ sports and musical programs; especially important were the musical programs of the Versailles High School Band (marching & concert). She is preceded in death by her parents; sister: Susan A. Hoying; in laws: Eleanor & Virgil Schoenlein, Rita & Melvin Stammen, Norbert Huber, Dolores & Lavern Rindler, Herbert & Dorothy Huber, Ruth & Carl Stammen, Dorothy & Othor Barga, Elmer Siefring, Anthony Feltz, & Frank Huber. She is survived by her husband: Louis Huber of Versailles whom she married November 26, 1966; her daughter & son in law: Melinda & Eric Barlage of Versailles; grandchildren: Morgan & Jada Barlage; in laws: Joseph Hoying of North Carolina, Paul & Barbara Huber of North Star, Mildred Siefring of Coldwater, Elizabeth “Betty” Feltz of St. Henry, Diana Huber of New Weston; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday May 16, 2018 at 10:30 AM at St. Denis Catholic Church, 14 E. Wood Street, Versailles, Ohio with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons Celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Tuesday May 15, 2018 and from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Wednesday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Versailles Music Boosters or State of the Heart Care.


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mary Jane Huber

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“Anything is possible.” That is what Mary Jane Huber believed about life. She was a creative woman, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting her. She had faith in her ability to find those solutions. Jane thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. She possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Jane was a person who believed that she could achieve whatever she set out to do.

      Jane was born on June 30, 1945 at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, Ohio. Her parents were Mary M. And Aloys H. Hoelscher. Jane was raised in Fort Loramie, Ohio. She showed her ingenuity even as a child. When she was confronted with a problem, Mary could develop an imaginative solution, and she derived satisfaction from knowing she had that ability.

      This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Jane's family relationships. Jane was raised with one sibling. She had one younger sister Susan. When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, Jane was always there to help figure out a solution for making things work.

      As a young girl, Jane could be found building and inventing new and different things. She was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original. Jane took part in marching band. In her spare time she liked to read, write poetry, and play golf. Jane's memorable achievements included.

      Endowed with an appetite for knowing how her world worked, Jane enjoyed school, especially when the learning experience involved dissecting and probing the unknown. Jane was adept at scrutinizing different possibilities and designing innovative solutions. She graduated from Fort Loramie High School in 1963. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was English.

      Because she was a quick thinker and adept at picking up on new things, Jane performed well in college. She was always on a quest for knowledge and she relished the experience. Theories intrigued her, and she was good at solving complex problems. She always wanted to understand rather than judge. She earned her Bachelor of Arts/ Education from Bowling Green University. She also pursued graduate school, earning her Masters from Wright State University.

      Jane was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around her. Always interested in her friends’ activities and interests, Jane was uncritical of her acquaintances. She was sought after by people who recognized that she was generous with her time and energy, and these same friends found Jane to be very stimulating company. Jane's humor and curiosity were contagious for those around her. Dan and Nancy Streib, Dick and Pat Gigandet, Larry and Diane Prenger, Jim and Suzanne Wakefield, Jim and Linda Davidson, Tom and Evelyn Frantz, Tim and Peg Summers, Gail and Mona Lou Blakeley, and many more.

       Jane was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. Jane was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Jane was an entertaining conversationalist who was quick to respond to her spouse’s needs. She was a vibrant personality and she enjoyed verbally sparring with Louis. In fact, those who knew her often remarked that Mary loved to argue for argument’s sake. She was very perceptive in recognizing others’ feelings, especially regarding Louis's.

      Jane's remarkable talent for being inventive influenced her relationship with her children. She would create original, clever and fun games for her kids and had a knack for finding ways to make everyday events, even chores, enjoyable to them. Jane was blessed with one daughter Melinda. They were also blessed with 2 grandchildren, Morgan and Jada. Someone who was quick to laugh, Jane found it easy to spend lots of time with her children, but she was never overbearing or guilty of pushing herself on them.

      As a born inventor, Jane was definitely in her element in her work place. She could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. Jane was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. She could assess all of the options before her and, using her analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. Her personal initiative inspired those around her. Jane was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. Her primary occupation was English Teacher. She was employed for 30+ years by Versailles Schools. Jane always made an effort to be a team player, doing what needed was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Jane's passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for her. In fact, that interest by itself became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solver. Since Jane was always searching for new and unusual activities, she developed many interests and leisure pursuits. Some of the things she became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew her, but most friends and family understood that Jane simply couldn’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. Her favorite pursuits were reading, writing poetry, gardening, and playing golf.

      Jane's calm demeanor and eternally positive outlook served her well in sports. Recreational sports included golf. Jane was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were golf and anything her grandchildren played.

      Jane's talents were well suited for being actively involved in professional and community organizations, something she did throughout her life. She enjoyed being involved and was willing to jump in and help out in most any situation. Jane could bring a breath of fresh air to any organization, simply by introducing her novel ideas and problem solving strategies. Throughout her later years, Jane was an active member of the Versailles Poultry Days Committee and the Friends of the Library.

      Mary was continually concerned with the status of local, national and even world affairs. Her keen interest and strong values led her to become active in her community. Serving on committees for the Versailles Poultry Days Committee.

      Faith and religion were important to Jane. She was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church.

      Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued Jane. Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for Jane to expand her ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Favorite vacations included any ocean vacation and golf outings.

      Even while in retirement, Jane never stopped exercising her inventive talents, and this new phase of her life provided new opportunities for stimulating her interests. In life, she found new pleasure in playing golf, book clubs, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren. Even in retirement, Jane continued to stay in touch with her old friends and while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      Jane passed away on May 11, 2018 at The Versailles Health Care Center. Jane fought a brave battle against cancer. She is survived by her husband Louis, daughter and son in law, Melinda and Eric Barlage, granddaughters Morgan and Jada,brother-in-law Joseph Hoying, brother and sister-in-law Paul and Barb Huber, and sister-in-laws Diana Huber, Mildred Siefring, and Elizabeth Feltz. Services were held at St. Denis Church. Jane was laid to rest in St. Valbert Cemetery, Versailles, Ohio.

      During her lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Jane. She met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. Jane was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around her could not. For Jane, the traditional way of doing things fell short of her expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Mary Jane Huber, the fun of living her life could be found in the challenge.