Jennie (Jane) Louise Hertel passed away peacefully on December 24, 2020 at age
101 at Northcare Hospice House in Kansas City, MO. She was born on September 24,
1919 in Elgin, Ohio to Victor and Effie Mae (Hughes) VanEman. She graduated from
York Township High School in 1937 and then worked as a secretary in Lima, Ohio for
Westinghouse Electric Corporation. On December 24, 1944 she married Dale Hertel in
Texas where Dale was stationed as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps.
After military service, they returned to Ohio to begin their farming career in Ohio City
and then Lima. In 1954 they moved to Celina to expand their farming business. They
were active members of Bethany United Methodist church where Jane was involved in
various women’s ministries. They shared many travel adventures throughout the world
in their later years as a result of Dale’s involvement in the SuperCrost Seed company.
They shared 54 years of marriage before Dale passed away in 1999.
In 2000, Jane moved to Kansas City, Missouri to be closer to family. During the next
21 years Jane was active at St. Lukes Presbyterian Church and the North Kansas City
School District’s Senior programs. She enjoyed trips with her daughter and family
weddings. She especially enjoyed holidays and birthdays with her nine greatgrandchildren
in the area. Family from the east coast visited often and celebrated milestone birthdays with her.
Jane was a loving and devoted wife, homemaker, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother.
Her five adult granddaughters remember summer vacations to the Ohio
farm and fun tea parties, playing “dressup”, and endless hours of Uno and Monopoly.
Her great-grandchildren lovingly called her “Nana Jane.” Jane’s strong Christian faith
and testimony were evident to all that knew her.
Jane’s brother, David VanEman, preceded her in death. She is survived by daughter
Dianne (Ron) Covell of Kansas City, MO and son J Douglas (Carol) Hertel of
Springfield, VA. Also surviving are granddaughters Allison (Greg) Dull and Ashley
Vaughn of Kansas City, MO; Meredith (Christian) Antonelli and Robin Hertel of
Richmond, VA; Beth Hertel of Austin, TX; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family is deeply grateful for the care Jane received at Anthology of Burlington
Creek and from her Northcare Hospice team - especially Christy, Katie, Ralph, and
Due to COVID, private services will be held in Kansas City, MO on December 31 at
Souder Funeral Home, interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City, OH, with a family
memorial in Ohio to be held later. The family requests memorial contributions be made
to Bethany United Methodist Church, 416 E. Wayne St, Celina, OH 45822 or KC
Hospice, 1500 Meadow Lake Parkway, Ste 200, Kansas City, MO 64114. Please specify your gift is in memory of Jane Hertel.
Arrangements by Souder Funeral Home in Kansas City, Missouri and Lehman
Dzendzel Funeral Home in Celina, Ohio. Condolences may be left at either website.
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Bethany United Methodist Church
Celina OH 45822
Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care
1500 Meadow Lake Pkwy #200, Kansas City MO 64114