October 30, 1946 - June 12, 2018
Jane Louise Swanson, 71, died Tuesday June 12, 2018, at her home in Emerald. Born October 30, 1946, to Bernard and Helen (Cerny) Kaspar. Jane grew up on their farm with her older brothers Al and Larry and attended Pleasant Hill school. Jane graduated valedictorian of her class at Dorchester High School, 1964, and completed further education at the Lincoln School of Commerce. She then went to work as secretary to Bennett “Abe” Martin.
She married Dale Edward Swanson June 12, 1965. Together they had three children: Sonja, Steve, and Sam. Jane stopped working to become a full-time homemaker and mother, spending many hours reading to her children and doing all sorts of activities with them. She was always involved in their education, always ready to help them with their lessons.
She was also active in the community, serving many years on the local school and water boards. As a breast cancer survivor, Jane was especially attentive and supportive to anyone she encountered who faced a similar struggle. As her children entered adulthood, Jane returned to work outside the home, starting at Popeye's and working a number of jobs before landing in the newsroom of the Lincoln Journal Star. She enjoyed both the work and the people she worked with, and made many good friends in the process.
Jane was talented in many ways. She loved baking and made countless batches of candy around Christmas time for friends and family to enjoy. She loved to read, both for herself and to her children. She collected dolls and, remaining fond of pigs from her farm girl days, amassed a large collection of pig-related curios and figurines. Jane had wanted to study forensics when she was young, which turned into a lifelong interest in mysteries and whodunits both fictional and real. She was a tireless worker, a good friend, and a devoted and tolerant mother and wife.
Preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Helen Kaspar; and her brother Alan Kaspar. Survivors include husband Dale; daughter and son-in-law Sonja and Eric Bartsch; son and daughter-in-law Steve and Michelle; son Samuel; brother Larry; sister-in-law Karen Bode; brother-in-law Gene Swanson; grandchildren Ryan, Dale, and Heather Bartsch; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
A service to celebrate Jane's life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Kuncl Funeral Home, 131 W. 12th St., Crete; fellowship at the Crete VFW following the service. Private burial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Food Bank of Lincoln and the Saline County Historical Society Museum in Dorchester. Kuncl Funeral Home in Crete is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.kunclfh.com.