Jane Geraldine Markuson
Jane Geraldine Markuson passed away quietly April 23, 2008, at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, in the arms of her son Jim.Jane was born Jan. 19, 1924, in Cumberland, Md.Jane was the oldest of four sisters. Her father died when she was a teenager. Life was hard for the family during the depression. Jane and her sisters helped their mother with a large garden, canning the vegetables they grew. Jane started working while in high school to help support the family. She graduated from Ursuline Catholic Academy and then attended business school in Baltimore.Finding city life exciting, Jane landed a job as a ticket agent for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. One day she sold a ticket to a young Coast Guard sailor named Swede. They fell in love with each other at first sight. Jane and Swede were married in July 1944 and celebrated the birth of their first son, Jim, in the spring of 1946. The young couple decided to move to Swede’s home state of Colorado, so they drove across the country to Denver. Several years later another son, Edward, was born into this happy family.Jane enjoyed the challenges of raising two active boys, but she also liked to work outside the home. In 1961, she went to work for the Bureau of Land Management, and retired in 1984. She loved her job and was loved and respected by her co-workers. She also loved the Rocky Mountains and passed that passion on to her sons and grandsons.Jane became a dedicated Broncos fan and fishing buddy to her husband. They camped, boated and fished the Oregon Coast, Gulf of Mexico and the lakes of Colorado trolling for trout and salmon and spent many happy times at their summer home above Lake Granby. In 1995, Jane and Swede moved to Grand Junction to be closer to their sons and their families. Swede passed away in 1999, and Jane eventually moved to Glenwood Springs. She lived with Alzheimer’s for years and was cared for with love, compassion, and dignity by the staff at Gardner Hall in the Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale. She will be missed forever by all her family.She is survived by her sons; sister Nancy; daughter-in-laws Cathy and Claudia; grandchildren Alisha, Nathaniel, Chris, Jeremy and Natalie; and eight great-grandchildren.A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. May 18, at the River Valley Ranch House, 333 River Valley Ranch Drive in Carbondale. The family requests that donations might be made to the Gardner Center at Heritage Park Care Center, The Alzheimer’s Unit, 1250 Village Road, Carbondale, CO 81623.
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