Condolence & Memory Journal

I was "home" last week for my mother's funeral (Catherine Davis)and drove by my old home on Harrison Street, down Ash St. and showed my son where I took my dancing lessons many years ago. Jane taught me gymnastics and tap, tried ballet but she said I didn't have much aptitude there. She was a wonderful teacher , so patient and I was always amazed that she didn't dance with us but she surely could get us to do the right steps with the right posture. Her recitals were always so much fun..she was a delightful lady and I always felt privileged to have taken lessons from her. I am so sorry for your loss..

Posted by Anne (Davis) Kress - Richmond, VA   April 06, 2009

For as long as I can remember, Jane and Bill Cummins were there to share in all of our lives as young teens growing up in Piqua. I would love to come back home and go and visit them. I especially remember the last visit. I knocked on the door,then Jane came to welcome me with open arms and a warm smile. She yelled to Bill that I was there and fixed me an ice tea. We talked and laughed for a few hours. I listened as she told me about the 5Oth wedding anniversary party that Carol and Keith had thrown for them.She brought out the original wedding pictures and told me all about how her mother had made her dress and how special everything had been to her. Bill reminisced about the first day he met Jane in 9th grade. He said he knew that she was the girl for him! He sat behind her in study hall and offered her some candy or gum. No other guy was going to take his girl Jane away from him!!! They had a wonderful life together with children and family nearby. Jane's sister Betty lived just down the lane. The Stantons and the Cummins were inseparable.
Jane and Bill are reunited at last. It's funny you never saw one without the other. They were a darling couple and will be missed to be sure.
Sincerely,
Susie Williamson Shumway
Phoenix,Arizona ++++++

Posted by Susan K. Shumway - Phoenix, OH   April 06, 2009

Carol and Keith,
For 7 years I walked past your home on Ash Street everyday to school...your Mother was always smiling. Please accept my sincere condolences. It is difficult to loose our parents, knowing we are the next generation. Blessings on you and your families.

Posted by Patti Heater - Fishers, IN   April 06, 2009

Please accept our sincere sympathy upon the death of your dear Mother.
The Cummins family offered such respect and always had a warm Hello. Your Mother was a wonderful and talented person. I am so blessed that your parents touched my life.

Posted by Sue Widney Smith - Piqua, OH   April 06, 2009

My grandparents were Doris and Fran Trittschuh and my mom was Dixie Trittschuh Cantley and I remember how my grandparents enjoyed playing cards with Jane. I would visit in the summertime and The Cummins were always so sweet to me. My deepest sympathies to Jane's family.

Posted by Kim Cantley Hatcher - Bluff City, TN   April 06, 2009

Keith,
I just found out about your Mom and just wanted to say how sorry I am. As I have told you, your parents were the greatest, as your Dad was a great influence to me. I share in your sadness.

Posted by Tom Cruse - Manchester, OH   April 06, 2009

Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of your Mother. May God bless you and be with you during this time of celebration of her life.
Remembering you in my prayers

Posted by Dick Shanely - FL   April 06, 2009

Jane was a very important part of my childhood. She touched many lives, including my families.It was always a treat to spend the night at her house with dancing and singing.I will always love her and miss her special way.

Posted by Valerie (Nicodemus) Hinkle - piqua, OH   April 06, 2009

Carol and Keith,

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your wonderful mom. She, and your dad, were such a special part of my life - from dance to church.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Susie Cruse Raley - Cincinnati, OH   April 06, 2009

Keith and Kim,
I just saw the information on the internet. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Keith, I talked to Mike Leffel recently. I was trying to remember the starting lineup for the '66 basketball team. To my recollection, he said you, himself, Mike Merman, John
Northwood, and Rick Grimes started. Mike talked of his UD days. I remember you played football at one of the Ivy league colleges, setting some records.

Posted by Don Thyer - Dayton, OH   April 06, 2009

I have fond memories of taking a series of Ballroom Dance lessons at Jane's house on Zigler Rd. I think I was a freshman at Wilder at the time.

I remember her as very pretty, lively, gracious AND a good teacher.

My prayers are with you as you remember and as you resume your lives without her.

Posted by Barbara (Overholt) Hensley - Medway, OH   April 06, 2009

Sorry to hear of your mom's passing.
She was a nice lady and a great dance instuctor (as I recall.)
Please accept my condolences,
Bill Gray

Posted by Bill Gray - Lafayette, IN   April 06, 2009

My mother, Kathryn Fessler, enjoyed Jane's company. They were beautiful women. My deepest sympathy.

Posted by Becky Fessler Doak - Piqua, OH   April 06, 2009

To Jane's family -
Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of your Mother. May God bless you and be with you during this time of sorrow.
Remembering you in prayer,
Tom Wion

Posted by Tom Wion - Piqua, OH   April 06, 2009

Words could never express how much I loved Jane and the impact she made on my life and my families. She was my Godmother and she took that roll very seriously. She gave me the greatest gift a person can give, she lead me to God and his wonderful word. Almost every Sunday growing up, we sat in church together. It was our day. I remember how much I loved going with her and Bill to church, lunch afterward and then a trip to the lake or singing and dancing in her basement. Jane always looked at the bright side of things and she was so proud of her children and grandchildren. The sun rose and set with them. In my eyes, if God ever created a perfect person, Jane was it. She loved unconditionally, she listened and always made things better. I can't even begin to estimate all the children's lives she touched also through her years of dance school and later her work with the children at Riverside and Houstin and her involvement at Piqua Baptist Church. There is no doubt in my mind she has a special place in heaven along side her wonderful Bill. We will all miss her and we are all better people because we knew and loved her.

Posted by Stephanie (Nicodemus) De La Paz - Gibsonton, FL   April 06, 2009