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Jane R. Mapes-Jenkins

April 20, 1941 ~ December 26, 2018 (age 77)

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January 2, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Home for Funerals
1203 W Norfolk Ave
Norfolk, NE 68701

Funeral Service
January 3, 2019

10:00 AM
Northern Heights Baptist Church
3000 Harvest View Drive
Norfolk, NE 68701

January 3, 2019

2:30 PM
Memorial Park Cemetery
1350 E. Pierce Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

               Funeral services for Jane R. Mapes-Jenkins, 77, of Norfolk will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 3, 2018, at Northern Heights Baptist Church, Norfolk. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Council Bluffs, IA. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at Home for Funerals on Norfolk Avenue, Norfolk, Nebraska.

               Jane died Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at her home in Norfolk.

               Jane was born April 20, 1941 to Herman and Phebe (Jamison) Rosch in Council Bluffs, IA. The family moved to Omaha when Jane was a young girl, and she attended both Dundee School and Benson High School from which she graduated in 1959. Jane was chosen for Girls State and elected as Governor of Girls State and then attended Girls Nation where she was elected President. Jane attended and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wayne State College in 1976 with a degree in History. From her earlier undergraduate attendance at Northwestern University and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Jane was a member of Pi Beta Phi and Kappa Kappa Gamma. In Norfolk, she became a member of PEO.

               After receiving her baccalaureate degree, Jane was a substitute teacher for several years before attending the University of Nebraska Law School from which she received her Juris Doctorate in 1982. As the first female lawyer to practice in Norfolk, Jane worked for Domina Law Office and John Gerrard Law Office before starting her own practice of estate planning and probate. Jane continued to enhance her practice by attending Harvard Law School’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers (Estate Planning, 1992); University of Wisconsin Law School’s Estate Planning In-Depth Seminar, 1993, 1994, 1996; Notre Dame Institute’s Tax and Estate Planning, 1997; Great Plains Tax Institute, 1994-2001; Vail Estate Planning Institute, 1998; and NCLE Estate Planning Seminars, 1985-2001. Jane retired in 2001 and worked part-time for Jewel and Collins Law Office. Jane served on the Norfolk City Council from 1989 to 1996, was a Member of the Local Elected Officials Boards, State of Nebraska, 1987-1989, and served as a Board of Trustees member of Wayne State College.

               In addition to her life as a lawyer, Jane devoted over 30 years to helping people in need of support for recovery.

               In 1973 Jane married Merle Mapes who passed away in 1995. Jane married Larry Jenkins in Norfolk on October 26, 1996.

               Jane is survived by her husband, Larry, her sister, Ann (Timothy) Duffield, 8 step children, 25 step grandchildren, 9 step great-grandchildren, and a cousin, Barbara Christie.

               She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Merle Mapes, 2 brothers, Ted Rosch and Tom Rosch, a step son, Matt Mapes, and a step daughter, Julie Hadcock.

               In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

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