Jane Ann Kennedy – The Daily Globe


HURLEY, Wisconsin – Jane Ann Kennedy, 91, of Hurley, formerly Ironwood Michigan and Lake Gogebic, Michigan, passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021.

Jane was born in Madison on November 8, 1930 to Gerald and Edith Pearce. She graduated from Madison East High School in 1948 and then continued her education at the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Madison, where she graduated as a registered nurse in 1951.

On December 27, 1951, she was married to William “Bill” Kennedy. Together they moved to Ewen, Michigan, then L’Anse, Michigan, and finally Ironwood, where they raised their family and lived for 30 years.

She worked as a nurse at Grand View Hospital, Josephson’s Nursing Home, and as a visiting nurse for the Iron County Home Nursing Program in Hurley.

Jane and Bill retired in 1985 and built a house on Lake Gogebic where they retired. After Bill’s death in 1998, Jane stayed at the lake until 2009, when she moved back to Ironwood, where she lived until her recent move to the Sky View Nursing Center.

Jane was a hardworking, compassionate nurse, both professionally and personally, helping out with family, friends, and neighbors. She has been extremely generous and has supported many causes locally and around the world. She was always ready to help anyone in need.

Jane was a woman of many talents, always eager to learn new things. She created numerous paintings; she liked woodwork, built furniture, even her own kitchen cabinets. She was a seamstress, made clothes for her children and sports jackets and trousers for her husband; she loved quilting and made many quilts over the years. She laid the block foundation for her house on Lake Gogebic and made beautiful stone work on the walls around several chimneys. She even helped build her children’s houses as they were being built. She loved to knit, crochet, cross, needle and embroider. Her home was always filled with her beautiful creations that are now passed on to her family. She loved playing board games, dominoes, and cards, especially bridge. She loved nature, camped by the “pond” and spent time in “the hut”.

Jane loved to travel. As an only child, she valued the time she spent growing up around her cousins. She fondly remembered the time she had spent on her grandparents’ farm in Barneveld. She also had a very special bond with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jane preceded her parents in death; her husband; and a son, Tim.

She leaves behind a daughter, Sue (Bill) Mattson; her daughter-in-law Jackie Kennedy; Grandchildren, Tim (Lydia) Mattson, Megan (Max) Pertile, Jess (Dylan) Esterl, and RaChell Morenweiser; and great-grandchildren, Luke, Janie and Hallie Pertile, Werner and Kennedy Mattson and Jaxon and Jaicee Esterl.

Jane’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Sky View Nursing Center for the compassionate and comforting care they have provided towards the end of their lives.

The family honors Jane’s life at a private memorial service at Wakefield United Methodist Church in Wakefield, Michigan.

In the spring, funeral services are held at Sunset Acres Cemetery in Ironwood in Graveside.

Monuments are preferred to Ironwood Carnegie Library, 235 E. Aurora Street, Ironwood, MI 49938, or Wakefield United Methodist Church (denoted for Camp Michigamme), 706 Putnam Street, Wakefield, MI 49968.

To view Jane’s online obituary and offer her condolences, visit lakesidememorialchapel.com.

The arrangements are entrusted to Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., Wakefield.


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