Jane Ellen Stagner, née Markle, of Simpsonville, SC passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the age of 72. Jane was born on January 17, 1947 in Saginaw, Michigan to the late Leo and Norma Markle. She grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and was the second of three children; she was predeceased by both her sister (Gayla Schittenhelm) and brother (Walter "Wally" Markle).
Jane married the love of her life, Eugene "Gene" Stagner on September 25, 1966 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jane was the incredibly proud mother of three daughters and later seven grandchildren. Jane and Gene had 52 1/2 years of happiness, travel and adventures together. Throughout their marriage they visited all 50 US-states and explored much of Europe. They lived in Michigan, Japan, California, Indiana, Arizona, and South Carolina. When her daughters grew, Jane went back to school, graduating from Prescott College. She then began a new career, teaching high school to underprivileged students. Jane later spent her retirement years traveling, spending time with her grandchildren and was active in book and writing clubs, TOPS, and various charity organizations. She started a local ladies club in Oscoda, Michigan called The Daffy Quackers.
Jane overcame a difficult childhood and was living proof that a positive outlook makes all the difference in life. She always had a smile on her face and made friends wherever she went, many of whom lasted a lifetime. Jane loved spending time with her family and friends, reading, writing, and interacting with everyone she knew on Facebook. Jane used Facebook as a platform to encourage everyone she knew with her daily messages of positivity and caring; her daily ritual consisted of waking up and creating a post to usher in the new day. Jane's posts brought smiles and encouragement to many and demonstrated what a beautiful soul she truly has.
Jane's passing leaves a deep hole in the lives of those she touched. She is survived by her husband, Gene; daughters- Amy Stagner of Port Richey, FL, Jennifer Stagner-Mancini (husband Mark) of Fort Mill, SC, and Valerie Stagner-Cox (husband Whitney), of Erie, PA; her grandchildren- Andrew (wife Emily) of Jacksonville, FL, Shamina of Port Richey, FL, Brendan and Caden of Fort Mill, SC, and Logan, Mason, and Reagan of Erie, PA; her nieces- Barbara (Gary) Regal, Julie Iscaro, Kimberly Stagner; her nephew Rick Schittenhelm; her many friends and her faithful golden retriever companion, Barney.
There will be a "Celebration of Life" held in Jane's honor on Saturday, May 18th during the hours of 1:00-4:OOpm at her home in Simpsonville, SC. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Heart Association or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in her name.
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