Jane was born April 22, 1911 in Philadelphia to James Frederick and Helen (Simpson) Martin. The family lived in Philadelphia until 1919, and then moved to Fox Chase, Pa. In 1929 they moved again to Three Tuns, outside of Ambler, Pa.
Jane graduated from Sweet Briar College in Lynchberg, Va. in 1933 with a degree in English Literature. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Columbia University, N.Y., and in Child Welfare from State University of Iowa. She started her five year teaching career in 1935 at the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind. Jane worked as a governess for the Zeckendorf family in New York City the summer of 1935. During the summer of 1938 and 1939, she traveled in Europe with fellow teachers.
From 1940 to 1941, Jane taught faculty children at Columbia University. From 1941 to 1942 she taught at the Booth School in Wayne, Pa. In 1942 Jane was employed at the National Union Radio Corporation, in Landsdale, Pa. where she hired women to manufacture “classified” radar tubes for the war.
In 1941, Jane met Army Sergeant Harold E. Person from Minnesota, who was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Va. They were married in October of 1943 at the Martin family home. After Harold’s discharge in 1945, they settled on a farm west of Stanchfield where they spent 51 years of marriage together and Jane, the rest of her life. After raising three children, Jane worked as a research librarian for the East Central Regional Library in Cambridge from 1961 to 1972. Jane was active in the Braham P.T.A., Cambridge AAUW, MADD, Lutheran Library Association, Jacob’s Hope Foundation, and helped with many 4-H and DFL projects.
Jane was a member of the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church, which was her spiritual home for many years. She was grateful for her church family and many pastoral visits in her later years.
Jane loved reading and sharing books, and enjoyed conversation and coffee with friends and family. She especially enjoyed crossword puzzles every evening with Kathi. Jane was a dedicated, loving, patient wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family was always her first love and priority.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband Harold; sisters Helen Martin and Ruth (Laurie) Schiebner; brother Alfred (Jane) Martin.
She is survived by daughter Kathryn (Harold) Conrad of Stanchfield; sons Bruce (Louise) of Coon Rapids and Douglas (Janice) of Isanti; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating. A Memorial Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Interment was in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.