FINDLAY — It is with tremendous sadness that we say farewell to our loving mother and grandmother, Jane J. Tille of Findlay, Ohio. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones on Nov. 10, 2013, at the age of 91.
Jane was born Dec. 14, 1921, to the late Frank A. and Lucille S. (Steinmetz) Jones in the small town of Mount Vernon. She was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, attended Denison University from 1939-1942 where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and received her B.S. degree in English from Findlay College in 1957.
A life defined by her unconditional love for family, she married Raymond J. Tille, M.D., on June 20,1942, and moved with him to Washington, D.C., where he completed his medical degree at Georgetown University in 1943. Together they raised three loving children, Patricia, Judith and Stephen in Findlay, while Jane pursued the completion of her bachelor’s degree and volunteered in the community for organizations like the Northwest Ohio Council of Camp Fire Girls and the Auxiliary to the Hancock County Medical Society, where she served in leadership capacity.
Matched by her love and loyalty to family was her quest for knowledge. Defined by her love of language and intellectual curiosity, Jane was active in organizations such as the William Shakespeare Club, the Orphan Annie Investment Club and as a reading tutor with Leubach and Read for Life. An advocate for higher education as the gateway to opportunity, she was also a past member of the Alumni Board of Governor’s at Findlay College and served on the Parent’s Board at Hillsdale College. Additionally, she served on the Board of Directors of the Findlay Salvation Army, and was a past Vestry Member at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Jane leaves behind a lasting legacy inspired by a love of learning through both books and travel. She shared her delight in discovery with her three children, their spouses and her five beautiful granddaughters. Opening doors through unique travel experiences designed to broaden horizons and peak curiosity about the world. She never shied from asking questions of strangers or seeking out remote locations. Her quest for answers and hunger for knowledge were infectious and inspired her loved ones to do more and ask more as they go through life.
Our lives have also been shaped by her love of the outdoors and active adventures. Joy found in sailing and skiing throughout her adult life was graciously shared with her family. Thoughtfully researched and planned trips through the Canadian waterways brought light and life to both Jane and Ray, friends met at ports and the joys of fresh morning light on the water were a defining part of her life. Time on the ski slopes was all about appreciating the beauty of the surroundings, the crisp air and the enjoyment of family time. Watching her children and grandchildren ski well and reveling in the dinners made and shared after a long day on the slopes. Love, laughter and good-natured fun reigned supreme.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a son-in-law. She leaves behind to cherish her memory and be inspired by her life, her three children, Patricia T. McConnell, Judith A. Maclean (Dan) and Stephen R. Tille (Lisa); five granddaughters, Christine T. McConnell-King (Mark), Nicole M. (Zachary) Shaffer, Dara M. (Donnie) Petty, Jennifer A. Tille and Katherine S. Tille; and three great-grandchildren, Wyatt M. King, Payton L. Shaffer and N. Dean Shaffer.
We invite you to join us as we say our farewell and celebrate a life well lived and woman deeply loved by her family. Her children will welcome friends on Saturday, Nov. 16, to Trinity Episcopal Church at 128 W. Hardin St. in Findlay, OH 45840, for visitation in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. to be followed immediately by memorial services at 10:30 a.m. There will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall following the service to which all are invited. The family will then travel to Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, for a private burial.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made in her honor to the Jane J. and Raymond J. Tille, M.D., Fund, in care of the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, 101 W. Sandusky St., Suite 207, Findlay, OH 45840; or to the Jane J. Tille ’57 Scholarship Endowment Fund at University of Findlay. Online condolences may be made via www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.