Jane J. Soblotne, 92, a resident of The Hearth at Tudor Gardens, Zionsville, formerly of Kokomo, died at 11:50 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017. Born at home Aug. 17, 1924, in Denver, Indiana, she was the daughter of Curtis and Ruth Stockdale. Jane was married on Sept. 13, 1944 in Charleston, South Carolina to Ray Soblotne, who preceded her in death May 30, 2011. The couple had a loving marriage for 66 years and influenced many people in their church and community during their years together.
Jane was a graduate of Kokomo High School. She worked at Stellite during World War II and retired from Delco Electronics after 20 years. A faithful Christian, Jane was a charter member of Highland Park Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher for many years and visited members of the congregation who were unable to leave their homes due to illness. She was often the last person out of the sanctuary because she loved to greet and talk with everyone who was there. Jane was a previous member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club, where she enjoyed the many friendships she made and the opportunities to volunteer in the community reading to school children and ringing the Salvation Army bell at Christmas time. Working the polls on Election Day was also a favorite activity. As a mother, Jane served as a Girl Scout leader and was always involved in her daughter's activities. In her leisure time, Jane loved to go on shopping trips with her good friends, and she looked forward to trips to the family farm in Chili, Lukens Lake, and to Ormond Beach, Florida for spring break. These trips were wonderful times with relatives and friends, and Jane loved being in the water. As a child, she enjoyed visits to Gene Stratton Porter's Limberlost cabin with her great aunt.
She was a doll collector, loved chocolate and Christmas, and enjoyed music of all kinds, especially the summer band concerts at Highland Park. She never knew a stranger and will be remembered by her neighbors, friends, and family as a happy, friendly, and caring woman who made an impact on everyone with whom she came into contact. Even as she struggled with dementia in recent years, she would always tell people how much she loved them, and she charmed people with her upbeat personality and humor. Her faith and her love for her family and friends were truly the foundation of her life.
Surviving are her daughter, Pamela Merten, and husband Jim, Zionsville; two granddaughters, Katie Hamon and husband Chris, Fishers, Christie Vitiello and husband Joe, Carmel; two great-grandsons, Emilio and Enzo Vitiello; one great-granddaughter, Nina Hamon; two sisters-in law, Aggie Stockdale and Martha Stockdale; and several loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Ronnie and Joann Soblotne; two sisters, Jenny Helmuth and Virginia Stockdale; and two brothers, Gene Stockdale and Glen Stockdale.
Jane's family would like to thank Primrose Retirement Community of Kokomo and The Hearth at Tudor Gardens in Zionsville for their loving care for Jane.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road with Pastor Ed Vasicek officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home on Tuesday.
A graveside committal service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Chili Community Cemetery, Chili, Indiana. Burial will follow.
Memorial contributions may be made to Highland Park Church or to the Golden K Kiwanis Club. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on April 22, 2017