Jane (Hoff) Burkhart (97)
Born Jane Esther Louise Hoff on March 11, 1914, to Melvin and Luella (Nonstad) Hoff in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Jane (Hoff) Burkhart died of natural causes May 14, 2011 in Pullman, Washington at the Pullman Regional Hospital. She was 97. Jane Graduated from LaCrosse Central High School in 1931 and she then attended Wisconsin State University’s LaCrosse State Teacher’s College for two years prior to entering the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, also in LaCrosse, WI. After receiving her RN degree, she joined the regular U.S. Army Nurse Corps, where she served at U.S. Army station hospitals in the U.S. Jane was commissioned Second Lieutenant April 1, 1938, promoted to First Lieutenant and Chief Nurse, then to Captain. On August 15, 1945, Captain Jane Hoff and Captain Jean M. Burkhart, a physician in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, were married at Lockbourne Army Air Base, Columbus, Ohio. In 1946, the couple settled in Olympia, Washington, where Dr. J.M. Burkhart established his medical practice. In 1954, Jane was one of the organizers of the Olympia Rose Society, and she became the last surviving founding member. She also belonged to the Olympia Medical Auxiliary, the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital Guild, and was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. After her husband retired from his medical practice in 1983, the couple spent their time focused on travel and cruises-winters from their Palm Desert, California, home and summers from their cottage on Summit Lake outside Olympia. Following her husband’s death in 2002, Jane moved to Bishop Place Senior Living in Pullman, Washington. She is survived by her three children-Marjorie Struckmeyer (and husband, Ken) of Pullman, Washington, Thomas Burkhart (and wife, Jean) of Centennial, Colorado, and Christine Burkhart of Spanaway, Washington. Jane is also survived by two Colorado grandchildren-Kate Burkhart and John Burkhart, who now live in Brooklyn, New York-and by other extended family members. She was preceded in death by both her husband and her Colorado grandson, Stephen Burkhart. Private services have been held. In response to requests regarding memorial donations in Jane’s name, the family suggests flowers to Bishop Place Senior Living (815 SE Klemgard Ave., Pullman, WA 99163). Other donations can be made in her name to the P.E.O. Chapter FZ Scholarship Fund (1101 Summit St., Colton, WA 99113) or to your favorite charity. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman, WA is caring for the family.