Jane H. Abel

Jane H. Abel of Lancaster passed away at the age of 90 on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at Willow Valley Retirement Community, surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of Frank J. Abel who died in 2001.

Born in Lancaster in 1920, she was the daughter of the late Frank A. and Elise Hurter Heckendorn. From her father, a hard working blacksmith on Pine Street, and her devoted mother she learned important lessons that would carry her through life.

Jane attended city schools and was in the first graduating class of McCaskey High School in 1938. She then attended Temple University School of Nursing in Philadelphia. Married in 1940, she was happy to celebrate 62 wedding anniversaries. She was a long-time member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Quarryville, and Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Lancaster.

Jane was predeceased by her only brother Franklin Heckendorn and her sister Frances Hager.

She is survived by three daughters: Judith A. Warfel, wife of W. Donald Warfel, Jane A. Albright, wife of Richard H. Albright, Jr., D.D.S., and Anne A. Butterfield, wife of Jay V. Butterfield, D.Ed., and one son Frank M. Abel, V.M.D., husband of Margery M. Abel. Jane was the grandmother of six grandsons and six granddaughters, as well as 23 great-grandchildren who fondly remember her as “Little Grandma Abel”. Small in stature but genuinely large in grace and kindness, she always carried herself with pride and dignity, sharing her outgoing personality with everyone. She could be heard singing throughout the daytime hours. A wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she spent her adult life caring for and being surrounded by her family – the center of her life.

Jane’s grateful family expresses heartfelt appreciation to everyone at Willow Valley Retirement Community, as well as Hospice of Lancaster County, for their devoted service. She always had an optimistic smile for each of them as they did for her. She will be greatly missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place 10 AM, Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Historic St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 119 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603, with The Rev. Leo M. Goodman, III as Celebrant. Relatives and Friends will be received at the church on Saturday from 9 to 10 AM. Private interment will be at the discretion of the family. In lieu of flowers, Contributions can be made in Jane’s memory to Mom’s House, 415 S. Queen St., P.O. Box 787, Lancaster, PA 17608-0787.
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Condolences to the Family

September 24, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. May the peace that only God provides calm your hearts and help you to endure day by day. (Phil 4:6,7)

I have known Jane all my life, from Hillcrest Ave. to Willow Valley, and it was always a pleasure to be with her.
With deepest sympathy,
Susie Anderson

 You are with God now, but the memories you left behind will keep you alive in my heart forever. I wish the family peace and send you love.

Jay, Anne, and Family:

Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Anne’s mom. Losing a parent at any time, any age is incredibly difficult.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you…
Butch and Cheryl Staub

We were so sorry to hear about Grandma Abe’s death. I hope your memories of her will be of some comfort to the whole family. Please accept our sympathy and good wishes.
Brad & Dora

Dear Marge, Frank and Family, 
Thinking of you all during this very sad time.
Jackie Johns

We are so deeply saddened by the news of your mother.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  Throughout the years, we have spoken about family and special relationships on several occasion, but nothing prepares us for this inevitable reality.  We hope your sadness is short and your memories are long. 
Much love,
John & Lynn Fitz

dear Jane ,Dick and Family, We want you to know that we were sorry to hear about your Mother. Jane was a neat lady and i enjoyed having the please of getting to know her and our visits at the shop. She was a very lovely Lady!!!!!
the Yelleys

We hadn’t seen her for a long time, but we never forgot her.
With sympathy and respect.

Janie’s friends at The Loft Restaurant

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