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Jane W. Skogman, 97, passed away on October 19, 2023 peacefully in her sleep. She was preceded by her beloved husband of 65 years, Deane T. Skogman, her parents, Lotcher F. and Helen Wainscott, and her siblings Treve, Rolf, and Aljoe. She is survived by her children, Mark (Linda) Skogman, Scott (Betsy) Skogman, Ted Skogman, Deena Skogman, and Marta (Joe) Benton, and grandchildren Joshua (Jean) Skogman, Mary Beth (Jeremy) Schaible, Marissa (Adam) Fechhelm, and Andrew Sandquist along with great-grandchildren Tyler Skogman, Quinn and Elliott Schaible, and Matthew, Tenley, and Haidynn Fechhelm.
Jane was born on December 2, 1925 in Kingston, Missouri. Her family moved frequently and she was raised in a number of towns in Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois. She graduated from High School at Belvidere, Illinois, and earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
On July 11, 1948, she married Deane T. Skogman of Farmersburg, Iowa. After briefly living near Princeton and Cambridge, Minnesota, and three years in Wichita, Kansas, they settled on the ancestral family farm east of Cambridge where Deane operated a registered Holstein-Friesian dairy operation.
Jane was committed to education and community service. She served 35 years on the Cambridge-Isanti School Board and worked hard to pass several bonding bills and settle teacher contracts in addition to holding all offices at various times. Prior to that, she was clerk of the Moody School Board. She was a working member of Dollars for Scholars and served as secretary for twenty years, actively raising money for students and personally funding several scholarships. She served in many ways within the Cambridge United Methodist church, especially working through the women’s group and teaching Sunday School for many years. She was responsible for the church flowers. She loved growing flowers and creating bouquets for the altar. She helped found the Border Belles Homemakers club in 1953 and was active in it all her life. She served as a 4-H leader for many years. In 1974, she was awarded the National Dairy Wife of the Year.
She loved to travel, but family and farm duties prevented her from indulging as often as she would have liked. In later years, she was able to get to Alaska, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand, China, Hawaii, and go on a barge tour through Europe.
But family always came first. Over the years, she did a prodigious amount of work: cooking three meals a day, baking bread, rolls, cakes and cookies, preserving fruit and vegetables, sewing most of her own clothes, raising flowers and the year’s vegetables in her large garden, in addition to the necessary housekeeping and assisting with farm chores, while still finding time to celebrate the good times.
Her unlimited love, generous spirit, hard work, and willingness to give will be missed by her friends and family.
Funeral Services 2PM, Friday, November 3, 2023 at Common Ground A United Methodist Community in Cambridge. Visitation 5-7PM, Thursday, November 2 at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the church.