Jane Dan was an optimistic woman who was an inspiration to those who knew her.
“Each challenge was met with grace and dignity,” said her friend, Barb Matalin.
Jane L. Dan, 70, of Crown Point, died April 1. She had been a registered nurse at Methodist Hospitals. She was a graduate of Whiting High School and Northwestern Memorial Nursing School.
She and her husband, Ted Dan, were married 48 years and were constant companions. They first met in high school, where she was a cheerleader and he was a football player.
The couple enjoyed taking yearly trips to Florida, golfing, spending time on their boat and fine dining. One of her favorite places was The Lighthouse in Cedar Lake, her husband said. She loved playing pinochle and bridge.
She was dedicated to her two daughters and her four grandchildren and was proud of everything they had accomplished.
She proved her tenacity through her personal victories and expected the best out of everyone close to her. Her smile brought people joy and laughter, Matalin said.
“Real sisters might not be any closer than two sisters-of-the-heart,” she said.
Ted Dan said he admired his wife for her smile, her strength and the way she lived her life.
“She was always optimistic and on the go,” he said.