TOIVOLA - Jane A. Simpson, 78, of Toivola, was escorted home by the angels, passing away on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at PortagePointe in Hancock.
Jane was born September 8, 1935 in Painesdale, the daughter of John and Signe (Wiideman) Lindgren, living in Toivola. She graduated from Jeffers High School in Painesdale in 1953, and received her registered nurse diploma from the St. Joseph School of Nursing in Hancock in 1956. After receiving her nursing diploma, Jane moved to Chicago and there met her husband Wendel Simpson and married. After several years they moved to the West Coast, eventually ending up in Los Angeles. In 1963, the couple parted ways and Jane raised her two children, Anneli and Eric, on her own.
As a nurse, Jane had a long and distinguished career; initially working in acute care in Chicago and Oregon. After moving to California, she worked 16 years at St. Joseph Medical Center (Providence) in Burbank , as a Division Director of Critical Care Units (102 beds). During her tenure at St. Joe's she received certifications both in Critical Care Nursing and Hemodialysis. She also taught one year for the TB Association in Burbank. In addition, Jane was involved in consultative work; co-writing standardized nursing care plans for California. After moving to Simi Valley in 1973 and completing her B.S. in Health Science at Chapman University in 1979, Jane left St. Joe's and began the next stage of her career at Simi Valley Adventist Hospital, working for the next eight years as a head nurse of the surgical unit, and oncology.
Health issues led to an early retirement. In 1990, Jane moved back home to Toivola, buying a farm that had been originally settled by her great uncle, known as the Riihi-Marsi homestead. Jane fully embraced life back in the U.P., enjoying her many hobbies and participating in numerous community activities. Jane loved to crochet and do cross-stitch embroidery and often designed her own projects. A long-time active member of the Sierra Club, Jane loved the outdoors and would often walk in the woods of her property and along the roads of Misery Bay. She also enjoyed keeping track of the deer, and the birdlife in the area for the National Audubon Society. Jane was extremely proud of her Finnish heritage, and was a chairperson for the Kaleva Naiset Tupa, and often happily engaged in Finnish translation projects. Jane took a great interest in her family's heritage as well and researched and produced several family tree albums, with the help of her cousin, Jean Larsen. Jane also organized several family reunions. A spiritually-minded person, Jane taught classes based on "A Course in Miracles." Jane enjoyed many happy golden years at home until a further decline in health necessitated placement in assisted care.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents, John and Signe Lindgren; an infant brother, John Andrew; brothers, James Robert Lindgren of Del Mar, Calif., and Rodney Lindgren of New York; as well as sister, Florence Rosberg of Minneapolis, Minn.
Jane is survived by her daughter, Anneli Labins and son-in-law Bruce, in Ventura, Calif.; son, Eric Simpson; and brothers, W. John Lindgren and wife Niko in Indiana, Ted Lindgren in Fontana, Calif., and Gary Lindgren and wife Kitty, in Oak Park, Calif. Jane is also survived by nieces and nephews, Sherri Rosberg and Jim Rosberg in Minnesota, Debbie Rosberg (Jim Powell) and their children Clarrisa and Brittney Powell in Northern Calif., Amy Lindgren and Janna Lindgren (Bill Salak), Kevin Lindgren and wife Christine, all in Southern Calif., and Jason Lindgren and wife Yuka, in New York. Jane is also survived by many cousins, and good friends.
The family wants to thank the relatives and friends in town who visited and encouraged Jane after she left home. Special thanks and gratitude go to Jane's care providers at PortagePointe, Gardenview, and Northridge Pines as well as Jane's beloved doctor, Sigurds Janners, for the years of excellent care and friendship. Special thanks also go out to Jane's dear friend, Robert Dawson, for his love, care and support over the years.
A memorial service honoring Jane's life will be held later this year, date to be announced.
Arrangements are being handled by the Mountain View Mortuary in South Range, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at antilafuneral.com.