Jane Schramm, 49, of Winner, SD passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD.
Funeral service were held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner, SD. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery.
Jane Laree Schramm, 49, of Winner, SD, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 after a short battle with pneumonia.
Jane was born April 8, 1970 in Winner, the daughter of Jim and Karen Schramm. Jim and Karen dedicated their lives to protecting, teaching, caring for and remaining loving stewards of Jane every day of her life.
She was baptized into Christ on June 7, 1970 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Winner, SD where she remained a member her entire life. Through the loving, independent instruction of Francis Storms during Jane’s teenage years she was confirmed into faith which was an important celebration to her.
Jane’s formal education began at age 3 where she was a proud student in the Special Education programs at Winner Public Schools for 18 years. Her participation in public education and her loving family developed Jane into the capable, strong-willed person she was.
Jane found joy in the simple things and functioned highly as a person with Down Syndrome. She lived independently through the support of Community Connections and often showed her independence through one of her trademark comments “I do it my own self” when offered help.
She proudly held several jobs around the Winner area at Fullerton Lumber, Winner Regional Medical Center, Community Connections car wash, Winner Food Center and her favorite, Pizza Hut.
In 2018 Jane declared “I won!” with a huge smile on her face when Pizza Hut management awarded her with a certificate and a new 50” TV, which she received for completing 25 years of employment.
Jane was quick to give a hug and demonstrated pure unconditional love. If you took the time to smile at her, get to know her, pay her attention, give her a dollar or a snack; your life was increased many times over by the joy she gave back.
Jane’s favorite pastime activities included playing cards, esp. Kings in a Corner and Peek, bowling, movies and attending holiday parties with her fellow clients of Community Connections.
She looked most forward to the Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and spring dance events, some which were shared with friends from the Pierre and Chamberlain group homes. Jane was very happy when named Queen of the Valentine’s Day Community Connections party in 2019.
Jane is preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, Ture ‘Bob’ and Mildred Johanson and Herbert and Harriett Schramm, uncle Darrell Johanson and aunt Sharon Kvistad.
Jane is survived by her parents, siblings Grant (Wendy) Schramm of North Platte, NE, Laura (Sam) Goodhope and Mark (Bobbi) Schramm, all of Sioux Falls, SD; aunts & uncles Diane Johanson of Moorhead, MN, Gayle Kvistad of Echo, MN, Nancy (Eugene) Geissinger of Huron, SD and Cindy (Neil) Quitsch of Sumpter, SC; nieces and nephews Valerie (Jim) Birch, Eric (Taylor) Schramm, Trevor Schramm, Chloe, Anna, Sadie and Charlotte Goodhope, Aiden, Carter and Spencer Schramm; great nieces and nephews, Emily, Caleb & Daniel Birch and Amelia Schramm; first cousins Steve Kvistad, Julie (Mark) Anderson, Paul (Jamie) Kvistad, Greg (Melanie) Kvistad, Jason (Cindy) Geissinger, Elizabeth Quitsch, Rebecca Mireles and many extended family.
Through Jane we learned compassion, patience, commitment, humility and to love the little things. All who knew Jane are better people because of her smile, her hugs and the lessons she taught living life one day at a time. As Jane would remind us, “Now that’s what I’m talking about!”