Jane Kasmersky Greller

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Jane Kasmersky Greller

Jane Kasmersky Greller, affectionately known as “Janeo” by many who knew her, died at her home, the aptly named, “Last Resort”, in Newberg, Oregon, on October 17, 2020. Jane was born to Chester and Mary Kasmersky on December 1, 1948, in Columbus, Ohio. Along with her three sisters and one brother, she was raised as a Buckeye in Franklin County, Ohio until attending Hope College (Holland, MI), graduating in 1970. During that time she fell in love with a friend of the family, a handsome bear of a man, who would not only eventually woo her to becoming a Wolverine, but who would also become “the only man I ever loved” as she described him. Jane married John “Bear” Greller on August 16, 1969, and for nearly 50 years she and John were known as “Janeo and Bear”. Theirs was a love story for the ages. A marriage built upon a mutually shared, rock solid faith in Jesus Christ, which deeply informed and directed their values, relationships, and decision making. Janeo was the embodiment of the woman of Proverbs 31—a biblical passage from the Old Testament that Bear would joyfully and tearfully read aloud to her and their four children each Mother’s Day around the kitchen table. In the early years of their marriage, Janeo and Bear lived in Oberlin, OH, Haines, AK, Columbus, WI, and Grand Haven, MI. Utilizing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, she taught elementary school in Michigan, Ohio, and Alaska. She retired from her teaching career in the 1970’s to become a full-time stay-at-home mother—a role in which she found much meaning and purpose, and one in which Bear unequivocally and frequently affirmed as noble, critical, and the most important job. After spending the majority of their child-rearing years in Grand Haven, MI, she and Bear moved the family to Orange City, IA, which was their home for eighteen years. Their hearts and lives were deeply embedded in the rich fabric of rural, Midwestern life—particularly that of their small, tight knit Dutch community in NW Iowa. When she was not working with Northwestern College theater students in the costume design shop, she was often inviting others into their home and extending hospitality with much warmth and compassion. They would retire to the Pacific Northwest in 2010 to be close to their children and grandchildren, but their hearts would always remain in the Midwest. Janeo’s passions and interests were endless and her love was unconditional. “Strength and dignity were her clothing.” Throughout the years, her strong principles and tireless doggedness would routinely place her in positions of advocacy within the institutions of the school board, city council, church, hospice, and the medical community. Through these experiences she emphasized that “actions speak louder than words”, which ultimately compelled her strong values of honesty, integrity, and communication into action. Janeo is survived by her children—Tom (Tabitha) Greller, and their sons, Ray and Luke; Brian Greller; Michael (Ellie) Greller and their children, Barrett and Greta; Katie (Ben) Lacey and “The Lovelies”— Eva, Vivian, Daphne, and Bianca. Jane is also survived by her brother, “Jake E. Babes” John (Heather) Kasmersky, one sister, and nieces and nephews. She was especially close with her niece, Julie Ann (Jon) Daggerhart and their children, Matthew, Rebecca, Ellery, and Henry. She is also survived by a voluminous collection of her eponymous, heart-felt family scrapbooks, as well as hundreds of handwritten love letters exchanged between her and Bear during their courtship. A memorial celebration will be held in-person and will adhere to the State of Oregon Covid-19 guidelines. Due to these restrictions for gatherings, limited spots will be available and reservations will be required. We encourage others to participate in this celebration virtually, as there will be a live video feed of the memorial as well as a recording available after the service. Newberg Friends Church, Newberg, Oregon— November 21, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. By reservation only: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/janeo-grellers-celebration-of-life-tickets-126370127453 Live online link and video recording: https://sites.google.com/newbergfriends.org/newbergfriendspodcasts/memorial-services?authuser=0 Close to Janeo’s and Bear’s hearts are the following: —John and Jane Greller Scholarship: www.nwciowa.edu/giving/scholarships —PRO (Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon): www.parkinsonsresources.org
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President Christy and the NWC Family

November 16, 2020

The planting of 3 memorial trees in the honor of Jane Kasmersky Greller has been arranged by President Christy and the NWC Family. Plant a tree
May these trees in some way express our sympathy and support. Sharing in your sorrow and praying for you.
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Dustin, Jess, Griffin & Sadie

October 27, 2020

The planting of 10 memorial trees in the honor of Jane Kasmersky Greller has been arranged by Dustin, Jess, Griffin & Sadie. Plant a tree
Sent with love and remembrance,
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Paul & Eileen Van Pernis

October 27, 2020

The planting of 5 memorial trees in the honor of Jane Kasmersky Greller has been arranged by Paul & Eileen Van Pernis. Plant a tree
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Both Janeo and Bear were great people! They are missed!
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Lori Vander Molen

October 25, 2020

The planting of 3 memorial trees in the honor of Jane Kasmersky Greller has been arranged by Lori Vander Molen. Plant a tree
With wonderful memories of Janeo's beautiful smile, sense of humor, wisdom, and loving heart. A true servant's heart.
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Albert & Mary Okine Family

November 22, 2020

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Jane Kasmersky Greller has been arranged by Albert & Mary Okine Family. Plant a tree
Janeo will be deeply missed. Her faithfulness, joy, great sense of humor, genuine love, and care for all is just as God destined. "The Napkin Story"
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Love your Inspire Family

November 20, 2020

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Jane Kasmersky Greller has been arranged by Love your Inspire Family. Plant a tree
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Amy Redenius

November 10, 2020

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Jane Kasmersky Greller has been arranged by Amy Redenius. Plant a tree
Wishing you peace to bring comfort and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Tribute Store

October 27, 2020

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Jane Kasmersky Greller has been arranged by Tribute Store. Plant a tree
With loving memories of Jane Kasmersky Greller; The Merkles - Bart & Annie Merkle, Tim & Pam Merkle, Cris & Bill Bahret, Beth & Chris Deibel
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Tribute Store

October 25, 2020

The planting of 1 memorial tree in the honor of Jane Kasmersky Greller has been arranged by Tribute Store. Plant a tree
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