Jane M. (Nelson) Eichorst

Born: Sun., Jun. 6, 1937
Died: Wed., Sep. 18, 2013


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sun., Sep. 22, 2013
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Vigil Service

6:30 PM Sun., Sep. 22, 2013
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Mon., Sep. 23, 2013
Location: Christ the King Catholic Church

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Jane M. Eichorst

June 6, 1937 – September 18, 2013


Jane M. Eichorst, 76, passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, IN.   She was born to Paul and Margaret (Rooney) Nelson in Eau Claire, WI.  Jane grew up in Eau Claire and spent a lot of time with her beloved cousin and lifelong friend Lori Baltes.  She also lived in Minneapolis, MN for a short time.  Jane attended The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, for one year and she completed a med tech program in Des Moines, Iowa.  While working as a lab tech in Des Moines, she met John P. Eichorst who was attending Des Moines College of Osteopathy. They married on August 22, 1959, and after John’s graduation in 1961, they moved to South Bend, IN, where Jane resided until her death.  Jane and John recently celebrated their 54th anniversary.

Jane was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and grandmother.  She dedicated herself to her family and attended every possible extra-curricular event of her children and grandchildren.   She loved to baby sit, cook, read, hunt for morel mushrooms, garden, play the slots, play board games, lunch with fellow physician’s wives and work on jigsaw puzzles.

Throughout her physical challenges and difficulties, Jane demonstrated courage and strength and never complained. She always had an ear to listen to those who sought her counsel and advice.  Her kitchen was always a meeting place for her children, family and friends.  She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed telling funny stories. 

Jane volunteered at Eggleston and Clay High schools and spent many hours transporting her children and their friends to various activities.  She was a member of the American Osteopathic Association Auxiliary. 

Jane was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Margaret Nelson and a brother Jerry Nelson.  Survivors left to cherish her memory include: her devoted husband John; children John (Susan) Eichorst II of Anderson, SC, James (Nancy) Eichorst of Granger, IN, Janet (Beverly Leady) Eichorst of Prescott, AZ, Julie (Stephen) Collier of Granger, IN; grandchildren Cassie, Ryan and Connor Eichorst, and Melissa, Clay and Sarah Collier; and sister Peg (Chuck) Price of Naperville, IL.

The family will receive friends from 4:00pm-7:00 pm. Sunday, September 22nd, at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd with a Vigil service at 6:30pm.  Funeral mass will be held Monday, September 23rd ,  at 11:00am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 52473 State Route 933,South Bend, IN 46637,followed by lunch in the lower level of the church.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Christ the King Catholic Church. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com


Charitable donations may be made in Jane's memory to the following organizations:

Christ the King Catholic Church
52473 State Route 933, South Bend, IN 46637

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105

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Gregory Richrd
   Posted Fri September 20, 2013
I am thankful for growing up across the street from your family and you have my thoughts and prayers

jim wallace
   Posted Sat September 21, 2013
iam so sorry for your loss jim and family. doc my prayers will be with all of you sunday. god bless jim.

Mary Hall
   Posted Sat September 21, 2013
So sorry to hear about the passing of your wife.

Liz Mahoney
   Posted Sun September 22, 2013
My deepest sympathies to Dr. and the family.

Sharon Wilson and MOM
   Posted Sun September 22, 2013
Doc, and Family, we are so sorry for your loss.
Are prayers and thoughts are with you during this diffcult time.

Joseph and Kari Curylo and family
   Posted Sun September 22, 2013
We are very sorry to hear of your families loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Lisa Richard
   Posted Mon September 23, 2013
With all the years and distance between us, you're still my family. The laughter and food in that kitchen will always warm my heart. I'm sorry I'm not there to tell you in person how much I loved your mother and how much it meant to me to have her in my life.

David Riggs
   Posted Mon September 23, 2013
I'm so sorry for your loss. I just learned of her passing at 10 AM on September 23 and could not make it to the funeral mass. She was like a mother to me for many years when growing up. I will remember the fun times siting around the kitchen table with her.

Norma Simpkins
   Posted Mon September 23, 2013
Dear, Dr. Eichorst I wanted to say "I am so sorry to hear about your wife,to let you know you and your family are in my prayers.May" God keep you and your family in his hand at this time and always!Love to you and your family!

Billy Babbs
   Posted Tue September 24, 2013
Dr. Eichorst, just red about your loss. our prayers are with you and the family in the coming days of adjustment.

Grace Donovan
   Posted Tue September 24, 2013
Dr. Eichorst and Family, I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers.