On October 30th, 2015, Jane (nee Luithle) Schmalz, better known as “Saint Jane” by family, was called to heaven. Jane was welcomed into God’s kingdom by her husband of 70 years William (Bill) Schmalz, beloved parents Rocklage and Charles, and a lifetime of dear friends.
Jane entered this world as an only child but leaves a large and loving family. Jane is survived by sons Bill, Bob (married to Lynn Pearson), and daughter Jan (Claudson). She leaves her adoring grandchildren Jill, Kim, Bobby (married to Ashlea Pollard) and Lisa (married to Rich Wierzba). Jane was blessed by her four great-grandsons Liam, Colton and Beckham Wierzba and Grady Schmalz. Our achievements were made possible by result her love, example, and support.
Jane’s life is a testament to the power of selfless love. Choosing a life devoted to others, she will always be the heart and soul of our family. With a quiet strength, and keen sense of humor, Jane guided us through changes and adversity. In the face of an imperfect world she chose to be content, focusing on only what was good.
Her loyalty to those she loved was unfaltering and unconditional. She was an adored daughter, devoted wife, loving mother, doting Grandma and Great-Grandma, and a faithful friend. Most of her closest friends she met walking to school over 80 years ago, including her husband.
In the family’s humble opinion she was a five star cook. She made holidays magical. She loved to garden and got a unique joy from pulling weeds. She was a tournament bridge player with masters points, hit a hole in one at the Forest Park golf course, and could knit, needle point, and cross stitch almost anything. Jane loved all animals especially her many dogs and bird friends, no one more so than Teddy who remained her constant and best friend.
Jane knew what mattered most and she placed family first. Her life is an example of the power of unconditional love, compassion, and a clear sense of wrong and right. While she will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her, we are comforted by a lifetime of unforgettable memories.
Jane will be missed and never replaced for all those in her life. Jane’s love, commitment and strength are the foundation we depend upon. Thank you for giving your very best, loving us, and always being there with a comforting hug and a warm heart. Our lives are better and we are better people because you walked this earth. We will carry your spirit in us for the remainder of our days.
Services: Visitation will be held on November 3rd from 5 to 8 pm at Kutis Funeral Home, 10151 Gravois, St. Louis MO 63123. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Stray Rescue of St. Louis or the March of Dimes.
A private burial will be held on November 4th.