Jane Margaret Pederson
Jane Margaret (Schwartz) Pederson, 89 of Antioch, Ill. passed away in her sleep on Jan. 13, 2013 at 3:30 a.m. She had been in hospice care in Bloomington, Ill. for the past three months. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
She was born April 11, 1923 in Jamestown, North Dakota, the daughter of the late Otto and Frances (Benusa) Schwartz. She graduated from Jamestown High School in 1941, from the Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing, Minneapolis, Minn. in 1944 and from Jamestown College, Jamestown, ND in 1947 with a BS Degree. She served as an instructor in the Nursing Department at Jamestown College from September 1947 to June 1950. She married Murwin James (Pete) Pederson on Sept. 1, 1948.
In 1953, she moved to Zion, Ill. and worked as an office nurse for Dr. Kaiz, an industrial nurse at Johnson Motors, a staff nurse at Victory Memorial Hospital and as a certified school nurse at Zion Benton Township High School for 26 years before retiring in 1980. The Pederson family moved to Antioch in 1970. Jane was a member of the North Lakes Division of the Illinois Association of School Nurses and served on the State Board of the Illinois Association of School Nurses.
She was active member of the United Methodist Church of Antioch, a member of the Antioch Women’s Club, a volunteer at the Antioch Thrift Shop for Handicapped Children and a volunteer at Victory Lakes taking providing blood pressure checks for the community.
Survivors include two sons Robert Pederson of Bloomington and Dennis Pederson of Covington, Ky; a daughter-in-law Phyllis Pederson of Bloomington and four grandchildren Jennifer Swearingen of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; Nick Pederson of Las Vegas, Nv; Adam Pederson of Normal, and Samantha Pederson of Harrison, OH. Great grandchildren include Alexis and Caitlyn Swearingen, Gavin and Tristan Pederson, and Maya Pederson.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Murwin Pederson, Dec. 30, 1997, her son, James Michael Pederson on, Nov. 13, 1961, her parents Otto and Frances Schwartz, Jamestown, ND as well as her two brothers William R Schwartz, Ray Schwartz, and one sister Verna Coulston.
A memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church of Antioch, 848 Main Street, on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Barb Good officiating.
Those desiring may make a donation to their favorite charity in her name or the United Methodist Church of Antioch or the Antioch Rescue Squad.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.