Janice M. (Eschbach) Edwards

Age 85, of Lansing, passed away on December 22, 2011.  She was born in Highland Park, MI on January 30, 1926.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and a former member of the Vestry.   She graduated from J. W. Sexton High School and Michigan State University.  Jan was a teacher and speech therapist for the Grand Ledge School District for 20 years, retiring in 1989.  She was a member of the MSU Choral Union, Lansing Women’s Club, a former secretary of the Town Hall Board, former member of the Lansing Power Squadron, was a Red Cross Volunteer, and a former member of the U & I Club.  While living in Tucson she was active in many community activities.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Eschbach in 1990 and her husband, Robert B. Edwards in 2000.  Surviving are:  2 sons, John (Linda) Eschbach of Lansing, Robert (Janet) Eschbach of East Lansing; daughter, Mary Eschbach and husband Reni Dengel of Cedar, MI; 6 grandchildren, Reni Dengel, Mary, John, and Robert Eschbach, Elizabeth and Kenneth Eschbach; 6 great-grandchildren, twins Alec and Gavin, Kellan McCord, Ethan Eschbach, Aiden McGibonney, Evan Parr; brother, Kenneth (Kathy) Young of Kalamazoo; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 W. Ottawa, Lansing, with The Rev. Dr. Carol Spangenberg officiating.  Interment will follow at Deepdale Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

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Carol Wyman
December 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I just heard of Jan’s passing. I called her on Tuesday to say that I would be in Va. over Christmas and that I would stop by to see her as soon as I got back. She was looking forward to spendeing Christmas with the family.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you today and over the Holidays.
Jan and I were great friends for many years and I will miss her greatly and I know all of you will also.
Time heals so much and you have so many wonderful memories to keep in your hearts forever.

Susan Johnson/Tucson
December 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Just received word of Jan’s passing before Christmas. Many of her “Red Hat” friends in our senior park had just signed a card with a note expressing how much we missed her and keeping her in our prayers. She received that note just 10 days ago. Many of us talked frequently by phone to her after she left Tucson. Now we are all grieving over losing Jan.
What a delight to be around. Always a kind word. So full of life. What energy! I will miss her laugh, her beautiful smile, long chats on the phone, our trips around Arizona, her voice. Her friendship.
I share with all Jan’s family and friends this loss but also the enduring memories of Jan. A very special lady.

Ron, Virginia & doggie Jasmine Tyler
December 26, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Our hearts, prayers and sympathy go out to Jan’s family.
She was a lovely, kind, sweet lady who touched many lives in Tucson. She was part of our Red Hat Society. We had many laughs and lots of fun. Our little dog, Jasmine, loved “Aunt Jan”. Jasmine would stand on her hind feet whenever we passed her home while walking. She wanted to go in to see “Aunt Jan”.
She will be missed terribly but I know where she is and who she is with. She loved the Lord. She is out of her pain and suffering. To be absent from the body is to be face to face with Jesus. We will see her again someday.
Ron & Virginia Tyler

Vince and Betty Ferrari
December 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Our very sincere condolences to Jan’s family – our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We were so saddened to hear of her passing.
She was a wonderful, gracious lady who had such a zest for life and was a wonderful conversationalist! She was always searching for new avenues to explore and I’m sure she is now hiking all over heaven just to get acquainted with her new surroundings. We loved sharing her adventures with her – not the least of which was a trip down to Tubac, AZ. to plan a Red Hatter outing. As we drove (and she insisted on doing the driving) we talked about all we saw as we traveled south from Tucson. And on the way back, we even planned another trip down there to go hiking.
We know all her family and friends are feeling the loss of a very dear person, as we are here in Tucson. She will always be in our hearts……

Marilyn Powers
January 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm

What a pleasure it was to know Jan. On our walks about the park, we frequently met Jan and chatted with her. She was a special lady in many ways.

Roberta Andersen
January 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I enjoyed talking with Jan about MI, as my hometown is Traverse City, so we both enjoyed the area, as well as our home here in RCMHP in Tucson. She will be missed.

Roberta Andersen
January 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I enjoyed talking with Jan about MI, as my hometown is Traverse City, so we both enjoyed the area, as well as our home here in RCMHP in Tucson. She will be missed.


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