Jane Staiger Burns

Jane Burns: "She had a smile for each of us"(Photo: wosu.org)
Jane Burns: "She had a smile for each of us"(Photo: wosu.org)

Thoughts from Beverly about the passing of Jane Burns:

I “inherited” Jane as a then “FM”/Classical volunteer when I began working at the station in Jan. 1986. When another long-time station volunteer, Howard Endter, retired from volunteering in the classical library and in the business office, Jane picked up his hours and worked in both departments until circumstances prevented her from being able to come any longer.

Jane almost reached 25 years with WOSU, and she kept track of the anniversaries. It became a bit of a game for me to see if I could say something first about which anniversary it was before she did. She took great pride in her work and her relationship/service to WOSU. Without fail she had a smile for each of us, and in return, put many smiles on our faces along with many wonderful memories. She was a standout as a worker and as a person.

Even though this was a non-paid position, Jane was the consummate professional – on time each week, impeccably dressed, and a perfectionist with her assigned tasks in our music library.

Our cataloging books are filled with her beautiful penmanship, so we’ll think of her often with fondness and gratitude every time we flip through these pages as we search our CD library holdings.

May she rest in peace.
(Courtesy of Beverly, the entire classical staff, and all of WOSU)

Obit:
Jane Staiger Burns
Jane Staiger Burns passed away Thursday, November 5, 2009 at The Sanctuary at Tuttle Crossing. She was born January 12, 1918, the daughter of the late John and Gertrude Staiger. Graduate, magna cum laude, University of Toledo. Jane was a World War II veteran, retired as Lieutenant Commander, United States Naval Reserve, with 20 years service. Life member of Military Officers Association of America, member of Military Officers Club of Central Ohio. 1994 recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition and gratitude for outstanding service to our Supply Corps, Navy and Nation. She is survived by sister-in-law, AnnaBelle Staiger; nieces, Jeanne (Michael) Schatzki and Deborah (Benjamin) Newberry; grand-nieces, Megan and Andrea Newberry. She was a longtime associate of The Ohio Academy of Science, was a WOSU volunteer for over 20 years and a two time recipient of the WOSU Spirit Award. A Memorial Service will be held 3:30 p.m. Thursday, November 19, 2009 at the RUTHERFORD FUNERAL HOME at Powell, 450 West Olentangy St., Powell, Ohio 43065 (614)-792-1471. (The funeral home is located on West Olentangy St./Powell Rd./SR 750 mile east of Sawmill Parkway.) Interment with military honors will be held at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider memorial contributions to WOSU or the Ohio Academy of Science, in Jane’s memory. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at: www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com

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