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Jane Marie Fonder, age 97, went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 20, 2017, from her home in the company of her loving family in Sterling.

Jane Fonder was born Jane Marie Schoenberg on October 7, 1920, in El Rosa, Minnesota, to Leo and Clara (Virnig) Schoenberg. She was one of four children in her family. She married Dr. Aelred Fonder on May 13, 1946, at All Saints Catholic Church in Portland, Ore. He passed on May 9, of 2003.She graduated as a nurse from St. Cloud Hospital, in Minnesota in 1942 with every intent to enlist in the Armed Services, but she met Al who was in the Navy and studying dentistry. After they married they lived in Oregon, where she was a nurse at Providence Hospital. Towards the end of World War Two, they moved to Chicago where Al went to Northwestern School of Dentistry and Jane was a nurse at Passavant Memorial Hospital. In the late fifties, they settled in Sterling and raised a family. Jane worked at Community General Hospital as a Coronary Care Nurse. She was also an industrial nurse at Lawrence Brothers. She later worked for Dr. Fonder as the office manager of his dental practice. Jane loved nursing. Jane and Al were very active in the Christian Family.

Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Jane wrote and hosted the local radio program "Leave It To The Ladies" on WSDR, whichstayed on top of moral and community issues. She was community minded and often lead numerous volunteer committees and organizations, with whom she cultivated a plethora of deep and lasting friendships. She and her husband were devoted to mankind both in their backyard andon the other side of the world. They traveled to many countries and foreign exchange students from all four corners of the globe enjoyed a stay at the Fonder "hostel"on many a holiday. She enjoyed bridge, ballroom dancing, bowling, golf, travelling and the company of her devoted family and close circle of friends.

She is survived by her three sons Dr. John Fonder of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Tom (Opal) Fonder of Fredricksberg, Texas andDr. Jim (Corky) Fonder of Fredericksberg, Texas (her beloved son, Robert, passed in 2010); one daughter, Nancy (Randolph) Osborn of Sterling; one sister-in-law Mary Lou (Robert) Schoenberg of Duluth, Minnesota; 15 grandchildren, Douglas Leiter, of Saint Paul, Cary (Jim) McCue of Sterling, Melissa (Jeff) Carlson of Rockford, Tom (Charity) Osborn of Seattle, Amy Osborn of Chicago, David (Rachael) Osborn of Sterling, Jonah Fonder of Sterling, Erik Fonder of Sterling , Inga Fonderof Champagne, Ritchie Fonder of Sterling , Allison Fonder of New York , Sarah Fonder of New York , Will Fonder of Denver, Colorado, Hannah Fonder of New York, and Dana Stableford of Fredricksberg; and eight great-grandchildren, Maegan and Caleb McCue of Sterling, Bjorn and Brody Carlson of Rockford, Seth and Ian Osborn of Seattle, and Aria and Abigail Reese Osborn of Sterling.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and sisters, her beloved husband and a devoted son.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., to be followed by a funeral service 11 a.m., on Saturday, November 25 that McDonald Funeral Home, 505 1st Avenue, Sterling, with
Pastor Randy Osborn
officiating. Burial will conclude the services at Calvary Cemetery, Sterling.

She was a lady, just ask anybody.