Josephine Evans Bruce

Obituary of Josephine Jane Evans Bruce

Josephine “Jane” Evans Griffith Bruce, born 2/15/1937 in Philipsburg, PA, passed peacefully and gracefully into the hands of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, January 27, 2022.

She leaves behind a husband of nearly 45 years, William “Bill” Bruce, of Fort Myers, FL, one sister:  Isabel Hamed  of Olean, NY, three step-siblings, five children: Deborah (Scott) Sechrist of Houston, TX, Anne Silloway of Marietta, OH, Priscilla (Charles) Goodwin of Spring Hill, FL, Michael (Sonya) Griffith of Oakland, TN and Eric (Anne) Griffith of Hernando, FL, two step-children: Kennet (Vicki) Bruce of Underhill, VT, and Janelle (Jon) Wissler of Fort Myers, FL; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, along with multiple nieces and nephews throughout the United States.

Jane lived most of her life in Olean, NY, graduated (early) from Olean High School in 1954 (where all of her children also graduated), and worked in the banking industry for 25 years before retiring to LaBelle, Florida in 1992.

Her enjoyments came from sewing (for adults, children and dolls), knitting, singing in church choirs, painting, ceramics, baking, spending time with her pets, participation in all types of roles at the local theatre playhouse in LaBelle, and travels with Bill, both on the road and by cruise ship. She enjoyed serving for many years in the Episcopal ladies alter guild with the Church of St. Stephens in Olean and then at the Church of the Good Shepherd in LaBelle. She also was very active in the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) where she rose to the level of president of the Diocese of SW Florida.  

She is pre-deceased by her parents John (Luella) Evans and Dorothy (Al) Bertch, one sister Mary Ellen, three nephews, one niece, and one granddaughter.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to: Hospice House of Cape Coral, Alzheimer's Association, or The Good Shepherd Church of LaBelle.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a future date, to be determined by the family.

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