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Jane Hewitt passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, March 5, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, one month shy of her 97th birthday. Jane, born April 5, 1925 in Plymouth Township, Michigan, was the daughter of Jesse and Ruth Bryan. She grew up with loving family, four sisters and one brother. She is survived by her children Virginia (Scott) Yost, Charles (Denise) Hewitt, Thomas Hewitt, Emily (Patty Griffin) Hewitt, William (Andrea) Hewitt, along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and her sister-in-law Judy Bryan. Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Charles, and siblings Jessie (James) Murdoch, Marcia (John) Boone, Bessie (Al) Kamerer, Virginia (Wallace) Borts, and Richard (Judy) Bryan.
Following her graduation from Hazel Park High School in Michigan, Jane worked at the telephone company alongside her sister Jessie, and taught dance at Arthur Murray Studios in Detroit. She entered a contest at the studio and won a trip to Havana, Cuba. Jane married Charles Hewitt in December 1950. Jane lived most of her adult life in Michigan, with a short time in Virginia where her husband attended Virginia Theological Seminary. After his ordination, they were posted for 10 years in Algonac, and eventually settled in the Gaylord area where she resided for over 45 years. Jane was employed at the Gaylord Board of Education as a bookkeeper for many years until her retirement.
Jane had a special love of birds, with hummingbirds and cardinals among her favorites. Music and singing were among her favorite activities, leading to her extended years in church choirs, and always quick to join in singing any Christmas carol. When she moved to Ann Arbor in 2011, she quickly became very active in the St. James Episcopal Church-Dexter choir.
Jane came from a large family, and took great pleasure from raising and loving her own family while keeping the generations connected through annual family reunions. Jane's greatest legacy must be her unconditional love and support for each of her children. She cared deeply for family, the community, and was quick to get involved in supporting others. While living in Gaylord, she was a long-time member of the Otsego Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, serving as president twice. Jane was incredibly dedicated to volunteering and community service to give back to the community. She was truly one of the most generous community members, both with her time, and resources. Jane's warm and loving smile, and genuine interest in others quickly turned strangers into treasured friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 11, 2022 from 3-6pm at Nie Funeral Home, 3767 W Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
An 11am visitation will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2022, prior to a Celebration of Life at 12:00 pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 3279 Broad St, Dexter, MI 48130.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith in Action at https://faithinaction1.org/.
For more information, visit the Nie Funeral Homes Website at https://www.niefuneralhomes.com/