Jane Sweeley, 63, entered the presence of her Lord and Savior surrounded by the laughter and tears of her family, Monday, May 16, 2022. In her final days, she was more concerned with those she would leave behind than with the cancer that claimed his life.
Born February 3, 1959, to the late Kenneth and Eloise (Sick) Squier, Jane grew up as a self-proclaimed peasant in Sugar Run, Pennsylvania on her parents’ dairy farm. After finishing her chores on the farm, Jane loved riding horses and engaging in all sorts of shenanigans with her sister. At Wyalusing Valley Jr and Sr High, she became yearbook editor, played color guard, and played basketball. She was crowned Pennsylvania Dairy Princess of Bradford County in 1977.
Her beauty was more than superficial. All who knew her can attest to her kindness and compassion. She studied psychology at Tennessee Temple. After hearing about his sister, Stephen Sweeley traveled over 700 miles to meet Jane. He was immediately won over and immediately enrolled in college.
Stephen and Jane Sweeley were married on November 7, 1981. They raised three sons, started a successful business, and faithfully served the Lord together. Over the years, they have made Jane’s grandparents’ farm their own private retreat.
There was no one Jane loved more than Steve, but there was no one else who could irritate her like him. She faithfully followed his example for more than 40 years. Early in their marriage, Steve swore never to own a television. Later he bought one. Indignant, Jane took scissors and cut the power cord. Laughter now follows when stories like these are shared, and there was always a twinkle in his eyes as he recounted their many adventures.
Jane loved children; she dedicated her time to children’s ministries at the church and her family. She was a devoted wife and mother, but there was no other title she held as dear as “Nana.” She cherished each child for who they were in a unique way. They were his greatest joy and his greatest pleasure.
She is survived by her husband and their three sons Micah (Amanda) Sweeley, Lance (Sarah) Sweeley and Jared (Gloria) Sweeley. 11 step grandchildren Sofia, Madelyn, Miles, Judah, Maximus, Abigail, Lillian, Shiloh, Lydia, Griffin and Oliver. His brother Ron Squier and his sister Pat (Scott) Spencer.
Visitation for relatives and friends on Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad Street, Montoursville, PA 17754. A second visitation will be held at Braintrim Baptist Church, 283 Church Street, Laceyville, PA 18263, May 20, 2022 one hour before the 12 p.m. memorial service celebrated by Pastor Joseph N. Kilmer Sr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be created in Jane’s name for the Braintrim Baptist Church Building Fund 283 Church St Laceyville, PA 18623.
Arrangements are being made by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville. www.spitlerfuneralhome.com