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Jane L. Reynolds


Published: May 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Jane L. Reynolds, 97, of Streetsboro, died April 12, 2014, after a brief illness.

She was born in the home on her family farm in Streetsboro on July 7, 1917. The farm stretched back four generations and she was the youngest daughter of Fred and Alice Burroughs. Growing up on the farm, her love for it continued throughout her adult life. In 1978 she and her late husband Royal O. Reynolds moved back and renovated the house and the out buildings and continued the maple syrup production and modest farming. She loved the land and the family's deep history and never tired of sharing stories of her great grandfather's walk from New Hampshire in 1816 to settle in the new state of Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Ardis Moyer; and her two brothers, Willis K. and Dan.

She is survived by two daughters, Deborah (Edward) Tywon of Alexander City, Ala. and Claudia (Donald) Mathias of Andover, Mass. She had seven grandchildren, Cathy (Tim) Bennett, Robert (Kim) Sponseller, Mary (Wayne) Gauer, Mark Sponseller, Dan (Melinda) Sponseller, Donald Mathias, Gretchen (Craig) Toney; seven great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and two step- great great grandchildren.

Returning to college after raising her daughters, she earned her degree in education from Kent State University in 1966 and embarked on a rewarding career teaching third grade at Dewitt Elementary School in Cuyahoga Falls for the next 20 years.

She belonged to the Streetsboro Methodist Church and enjoyed the Riverside group. Over the years, she relished her many groups including Ladies of the Club and bridge club.

Calling hours were April 14 at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent where funeral services were April 15 with the Rev. Byron George officiating. Burial was at Chestnut Hill Cemetery.

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