Rhoeine "Grandma Jane" Gorsuch
Rhoeine Jane Gorsuch was born on December 21: 1933 in Salina, Kansas. She believed that
Jesus Christ was her personal savior and departed for her permanent home with Him on
Jane worked a variety of jobs in her life-span while raising four children and was proud of her
ability to budget groceries on a shoestring budget of $20 a week. She was a Nurse’s Aide at 50 cents an hour until she her hurt her back; a school bus driver, to the dismay of her children; and later in life a sous chef. She was also a talented seamstress, often making special occasion clothes for her children. She loved the Oregon Coast and encouraged her children to put their feet in the sand to experience God's wonders. She was instrumental in many camping trips and was always ready to light a camp-fire
wherever it might be (don't forget the marshmellows.) She had a kind and, giving heart, and
when asked would give you sound advice.
Jane lived in Fairbanks for 31 years and embraced the Fairbanks community. She served as a
volunteer at the Literary Council for 18 years, and at Thrivalaska Head Start-Carol Bryce Center (Fostering Grandparent Program) for 21 years (classroom of 3,4, 5 year olds) where she was fondly referred to as "Grandma Jane". She thrived on helping the little ones who may have been away from their Grandparents. She served in the role as Mrs. Claus for many years at the west-side Fred Meyers location. She was known for wearing ball-caps of all different sorts and from locations around the United States.
Jane was a life-time member of the VFW, member of the American Legion for 55+ years, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband William, son Gerald, parents RT and Ruth Nelson;
brother Duane. She is survived by children, Rob Nelson of California; Jeorja Grote of Kansas;
Jane Ann Brozek of Missouri; Janis (Gary) Contento of Alaska; along with numerous
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great - grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank those who showed Jane gentleness, compassion, respect, hugs and
love: Caring Bridges staff; Fairbanks Senior Center staff and friends; Hospice nurses and staff;
Denali State Bank staff; Willow Woods Apartments office staff; USPS - Wedgewood Drive
route; long-time friends Lonnie, and Geri; Charlotte Davis NP, Choice Care.
A graveside service and celebration of life will be held in the Spring of 2019 at Birch Hill Cemetery.
"Though your smile is gone forever and your hand I cannot touch, I still have many memories of
the one I loved so much. Your memory is my keepsake, with which I'll never part. God has you
in His keeping, I have you in my heart. Sadly missed, but never forgotten."
Online condolences may be made to the family at blanchardfamilyfuneralhome.com