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Jane E. (Huck) Schaefer passed into the arms of her savior in the early morning hours on January 7, 2024 with family at her bedside at her home in Temple, PA.
Jane’s long life was spent in the company of family, friends and God. Born on March 7, 1930, she grew up in a large family in Reading, PA with her father and mother Bernard and Alice (Rundle) Huck and nine brothers and sisters Mary Alice (Huck) Cargill, Francis Huck, James Huck, Edward Huck, Joseph Huck, John Huck, Bernard Huck Jr., Richard Huck, and Ann (Huck) Koenig who all predeceased her.
Affectionately known as Jelly by her siblings, Jane graduated from Reading Catholic High School in 1948. While her first jobs were as a secretary, Jane eventually eventually worked at Whitner’s Restaurant and catering business which was under management by her father and then brother, Jim Huck. Jane loved working in the food industry which she did for 61 years eventually running her own catering business before she fully retired in March of 1995.
After she retired Jane traveled extensively to Europe, Russia, China and the states, mostly with her church group and daughter, and occasionally her sons and husband. On her travels she got to kiss the Blarney Stone, walk on the Great Wall in China, smoke applewood in a hookah in Israel and drink in a beer hall in Germany. The thing she liked the most about traveling was experiencing new places with friends and family.
Family was Jane’s first and foremost love. She met Adolph C. Schaefer at a dance in Reading and later married him in 1956. They had three children from that marriage: Donald Schaefer, Robert (Melody) Schaefer and Ellen (William Frazier) Schaefer. Jane loved her children and instilled in them a love of fun, nature, and God. In addition to her children, Jane thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her six grandchildren Bradley (Katie) Schaefer, Brigitte (Michael) Quintinsky, Erika (Matthew) Perry, Mariah Frazier, Kylie Baker, and Brittney (Brandon) Shurr and six great-grandchildren Zoey Quintinsky, Levi Schaefer, Harper Perry, Brielle Shurr, Hayden Perry and Camryn Shurr. She made an effort to get to all family gatherings even in her later years when it was difficult physically for her to do so. Jane’s last days on earth were filled with happy memories being with her family during Christmas and New Year festivities and visits from family and friends.
Next to family, Jane’s most important work was with her church and senior groups. She volunteered her time extensively at Holy Guardian Angels (HGA) and the St. Vincent De Paul Society mostly with their food pantry and charity meals to feed the needy. She could always be found at daily mass and setting things up before masses. She was a Eucharistic minister and Lector and enjoyed going to nursing homes to deliver the Eucharist and spend time with those who also found comfort in God’s love.
In addition to her religious work, Jane spent some time with the HGA choir and their senior club. She had also been a member of the Red Hat Society and participated in her local celiac support group. After her husband’s death, Jane knew she needed to keep her mind and body active and so attended classes at Alvernia Senior College and exercised regularly with Silver Sneaker members at Alvernia. Her final days were spent playing Skip Bo and Five Crowns with her wonderful hospice volunteers and her family.
Many thanks to her niece Pat Huck, neighbors Dan and Mel Osorio, and the wonderful volunteers at Tower Health Home Hospice. Most especially her hospice nurse Kay, who spent almost a year caring for and comforting Jane. It was a match made in heaven.
Donations can be made to the: St. Vincent De Paul Society, c/o HGA, 3121 Kutztown Rd., Reading, PA 19605.
Services for Jane will be held on Friday, January 19 at the Stitzel Funeral Home, 3300 Kutztown Rd., Reading, PA 19605 with viewing from 6:00pm-8:00pm. A morning viewing at the funeral home will occur on Saturday, January 20 from 9:00am-9:40 and sharing of memories from 9:40am-10:00am. A Catholic Funeral Mass will then occur at HGA at 10:30am, burial at Gethsamene Cemetery, with a luncheon at Craft 2700, 2700 Kutztown Rd. Reading directly after.