Jane F. Van Dorn

jane van dorn
Jane F. Van Dorn, 80, of Bay City, our loving, caring, patriotic, and feisty wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Brian’s House. Jane was born in Lansing on November 13, 1938, the daughter of the late James and Frances (Schueller) Cavanaugh. She was a 1957 graduate of T.L. Handy High School. While out dancing, Jane happened to meet Edward John Van Dorn. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on January 26, 1963. Jane formerly worked for Household Finance Corp., Defoe Shipbuilding, and had her own Daycare in her home for 35 years. She lived to love, and enjoyed time spent with her family. An active volunteer for 40+ years with Mobile Meals, Jane’s signature station wagon became a Bay City staple of kindness and volunteerism. She enjoyed home improvement painting, sewing, camping, and watching her boys, and eventually grandkids play ball; where she was always a dependable scorekeeper. Jane leaves to carry on her legacy, her husband, Ed and three boys: Eric (Mary) Van Dorn, Mark Van Dorn, and Steve (Kristine) Van Dorn; grandchildren, Erin and Kevin Van Dorn; Lashei, Shaun, Tiffani, and Grant Van Dorn; Mykala (Cody) Snyder, Collin and Sawyer Van Dorn; great-grandchildren, Lorae, Annabelle, Stephanie, and Austin; Lincoln and Kennedy; sister, Rose Mary Zauner; sisters-in-law, Shirley Cavanaugh, Sue Cavanaugh, Elizabeth Van Dorn, and brother-in-law, Bob (Sandy) Van Dorn, along with many nieces, nephews, and special friends, Judy Bowker, Todd Bowker, Lynn (Bowker) and Chris Hebert, and Becky (Bowker) and Bob Kruger, and their families. In addition to her parents, Jane was predeceased by her brothers, Jim and Terry Cavanaugh. Jane’s family will be present to receive visitors on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. A Life Celebration for Jane will begin at 7:00 PM with Fr. Dale Orlik officiating. The entire family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff of McLaren Hospice, along with Brian’s House for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.

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  1. Eric, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved mother. I didn’t know her well, but I enjoyed the times that I did get to be around her. I remember when we met and she was so concerned because Frankie just got a whole bunch of red ant bites on his foot/leg at the soccer fields. The memories are fond and I know she will be missed by many. We loved her and we love you guys. Will be praying for you all. Roseann, Ed, Bre, Evan, & Frankie.

  2. We love you so much Aunt Jane. You’ve brought a ton of joy and happiness to all you have come into contact with. Always a great conversationalist. ?

  3. To Jane’s Family,
    I knew Jane from the Bank and I just loved her! I would have try drive by her house to get home from work and she was always on the porch and we’d exchange a friendly wave! She told me about sledding at Vets Bridge on snowy days and she was always riding her hooptie green station wagon! She touched more lives than you know! It was a pleasure chatting with her and she will be missed!

  4. Eric, we’re so sad to hear about your mom. Glad we got to meet her. She was feisty and funny. We will be praying. What a hard time for you all. We love you!
    Matt & Nicole

  5. Grant, Mark and family, so sorry to hear. Your mom/grandma was quite a woman that I remember fondly. Sending love and prayers.

  6. I will love and miss you beyond my last breath Aunt Jane . You where an Amazing person who touched so many lives .you left us all with so many lessons and memories. Theres not one person you came across that you didn’t touch in some way you are truley unforgettable ! You will be greatly missed .I love you So Very Much …. love your Kelly Jean ?

  7. Uncle Ed,Eric,Mark,Steve & family’s.How do you put into words a lifetime of Good times & Memories. Aunt Jane had a positive impact on everybody she met in life. Thoughts & Prayers during this difficult time.

  8. Jane was one of the sweetest , kindest and most giving people I have ever met. The work she did in her community and the family she helped raise reflect so much on her and she will be sorely missed at our blooperball games where her and Ed were always there to support us. Heaven just got a First ballot Hall of Famer!

  9. i had the privalage of dealivering meals with jane feisty does not describe her,she was a gas very good person

  10. Jane was a wonderful person to work with at meal delivery scheduling. Always upbeat and a great example of serving others. Peace be with the family.

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