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Jane Agnes Govorchin

May 27, 1923 ~ January 26, 2017 (age 93)
Jane Agnes Govorchin (nee Gorney)
May 27, 1923-January 26, 2017

Jane Gorney Govorchin passed away in the early hours of January 26. 2017.  She had a calm, peaceful transition at her residence in San Jose, California, following a short hospice period.

Jane was born in Whiting, Indiana, graduated from Hammond Tech High School and pursued further formal education at Indiana University and Orange County’s Cypress College and Golden West College.  During her earlier years in Chicagoland she sang with the USO, and enjoyed Chicago’s Art Institute, Field Museum, and Museum of Science and Industry.

She traveled North America as much as she could, with her husband Michael and her four children in tow.  She loved the American West and California, making her first visit there in 1954, riding the Union Pacific from Chicago to Los Angeles. She considered Anaheim, California her treasured home after moving there in 1963; over the years she lived in Hammond Indiana, Albuquerque New Mexico, Santa Rosa California, Anaheim California, and San Jose California. 

In California she worked at Anaheim’s  She took great pride having achieved CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) certification, and volunteered at the local farmer’s market and with Re-Leaf Anaheim, an urban forest campaign. Her outgoing nature and spirituality led her to explore other cultures through conversation and in her art. An accomplished painter, she exhibited most recently as part of a Senior Art Show at the Law Offices of Carney, Sugai and Sudweeks, Los Gatos, California. She loved animals, particularly beloved dogs Sailor Boy and Jackson, as well as all horses, and giraffes. She enjoyed music, singing, nature, and was an adventurous epicurean with a wicked sense of humor.

Jane’s husband Michael passed away in 2000, Jane is survived by her children Judith Michaels Simon of Incline Village Nevada, Peter Govorchin of San Francisco California, Elizabeth Ball of Suisun City California, and Mary Williams of San Jose California; grandchildren Elizabeth Nicole Ball, Catherine Ball Shapiro of Asti California, Matthew Williams of San Jose California, Caroline Williams of Dublin, Ireland, and Sarah Williams Govorchin of San Rafael California; great-grandchild Calliope Jane Shapiro. Her many friends, relatives, nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews will treasure fond memories of their Auntie Jane as will son-in-laws David Simon, George Ball, and Jonathan Williams.

The family will hold a celebration of her life in a few months when we can all be outdoors sharing her love of nature. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Activity Center ( or the Alzheimer’s Association (  Additional photos:

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