Jane L. Marks, age 89, of Wilmington passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on February 13, 2020.Jane, one of eight brothers and sisters was born in Frederick, MD, to the late Charles Routzahn and Erma Heffner Routzahn. and is preceded in death by her beloved husband Orin W. Marks in 2014.
She is survived by her sister Mary Staley (Frederick, MD); her children, Rebecca Marks (Gordon Chin), Ronald (Karen) and Randell (Diane); grandchildren Jamie, Jason (Stephanie), Christine, Kimberly and William; step-grandson, Gordon (Peggy) great grandchild, Gordon; her brother and sister-in-laws , Keith (Judy) and Don (MaryAnn); Dorothy (Don) and numerous nieces and nephews. All of these she loved and cherished deeply, as we likewise honor her in our memories.
Jane graduated from Frederick H.S. and received her RN certification while working at Frederick Memorial Hospital, as an OR nurse in 1951. Jane, also received advanced training at the Polytech Institute of Medicine and Surgery in New York City and worked at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. Prior to her retirement, Jane worked for many years as an Accountant for a local Psychological medical Group in Wilmington.
During her nursing career in Frederick, she met her husband, Orin, who was stationed at Fort Detrick, MD. The couple actually met on a blind date where they went square dancing. Orin was often invited to breakfast by Jane’s mother, so he could be at the house when she returned from the hospital. The couple was soon married on March 14, 1953 and shared 61 years of wonderful marriage.
Jane never had an idle moment. She was a caring person, practical, strong-minded and made friends, easily. She was a devoted wife to her husband, Orin and mother to their three children and loved her grandchildren. As a Team, they made many sacrifices to make sure that their children had everything they needed, while maintaining their individual careers and the daily household needs.
Jane enjoyed bowling, tennis, playing bridge, reading and sun-bathing at the beach in Cape May. She loved saving, coupon shopping and getting a “good deal”. After the passing of her husband, Jane made regular visits to the cemetery to commemorate her husband’s memory. She also entertained herself by taking weekly excursions to Delaware Park Casino where she loved the staff and enjoyed playing the slot machines with all her friends.
Jane would like to express her thanks to all her family, friends and relatives that visited her the last few months along with Dr. Lui and Nurse Beth Cooksey of Season’s Hospice as well as the nurses at Season’s Hospice at Christiana Hospital for their genuine care and compassion.
The Family will receive friends, starting at 08:30 am February 29, 2020, immediately preceding the Funeral Service which will begin at 10:30 am. The viewing and service will be held at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home at 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803.Interment will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery 3300 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19805 at 11:45am in the Assumption area.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Concord Presbyterian Church, 1800 Fairfax Blvd, Wilmington, DE 19803.