Jane Ellen Haveman, 68, Missoula, Mont., passed from this world to her home in Heaven June 28, 2018. A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 3, at Crosspoint Church, followed by interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Jane is now with her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, whom she trusted, loved and served for the most part of her life. Though much grief is felt by those who knew her and loved her, we “sorrow not, even as others which have no hope,” for we know and do rejoice that we will see her again.
Jane was born in St. Paul to James C. Roach and Martha J. (Jacobs) Roach. The oldest of five siblings, she loved to talk about her home on Golden Lake in Circle Pines, where she enjoyed a carefree childhood of swimming, ice-skating, and memorable holidays. Her father passed suddenly when she was 13, leaving her mother to care for them alone. Jane would tell her family that in those dark days, she read a gospel tract and asked Jesus Christ to come into her heart. In the ensuing years, Martha, Jane and her sister, Terry would forge a fellowship of quiet understanding, punctuated with pithy Minnesotan understatement.
An excellent student with a love of learning, Jane graduated from Centennial High School in 1967. Desiring to teach, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Science from St. Cloud State University, majoring in comprehensive English and minoring in American studies. She taught English in Monterey, Mexico, traveled the states, and volunteered in the American Indian Curriculum Development Program, writing school curriculum which focused on the Native tribes of North Dakota. It was here she met her best friend, Jane Bosch. Taking a job in 1975 as a school teacher in Hague, Jane entered into what she described as the pivotal point in her life. She started reading the Bible and going to church, rededicating her life to Jesus Christ.
Jane met her husband, John, in 1976, and they hit it off immediately, both wanting to get on with their new life in Christ. They started reading the Bible together, praying and going to any church that preached salvation through Jesus Christ alone, which excluded baptism, confirmation, or good works. They were married that year in Fridley, Minn., thus starting a life together that was certainly an adventure for almost 42 years; they had a good life. Their first “home” was a ’69 Chevy van in which they lived in for three months, living on Vancouver Island, BC, then down to Lynnwood, Wash., to Open Door Baptist Church pastored by Ken Blue. It was there that they started their family, eventually having six children. They served as a team for the Lord in Sand Point, Alaska, Bismarck, Cheyenne, Wyo., and then to Missoula, where they have lived for over 30 years.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”
John said his wife was a true “gem," and how helpful she was. All who knew her admired her and were blessed to be in her presence as she gave herself unselfishly to listen compassionately to anyone, regardless of their station in life. Her children will remember her most for her early morning prayers, her soft chuckle while she talked to her mother, siblings, or Jane on the phone, her love of sharing the gospel, and her enduring interest in their lives.
Although Jane suffered long and desired to be with her Savior, she struggled on, like the trooper she was, not wanting to leave her husband alone. That was Jane.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Andrew; and nephew, Jeff.
She is survived by her husband, John; children, Tim, Sarah, David, Daniel, Rebekah, Rachel and their spouses, Karen, Spencer, Blair, Ashley, Joshua and Steve; along with 24 grandchildren; sister, Terry; brothers, Tim and Tom, many nieces and nephews; and many friends all over the world. She will be missed.