In Memory

Jane Thissen

Jane Thissen

Laura Ludgate

 

This is an email that I received from Jane's sister and seemed to give me some understanding about her life. I had been so hopeful that she would finally restore contact and join us at this reunion.
 
"Hi Laura.
 
I’m Mary Thissen - one of Jane Thissens’ younger twin sisters.
 
I know that you are aware that Jane passed away in late March because I saw the card you wrote to our folks when we had a service for her in their home in North Carolina. Thank you so much for the love and support that you conveyed in your message. It meant a great deal to my parents – and to me when I read it.
 
I cannot even begin to describe the impact this has all had – Jane was such a talented, passionate, amazing woman - and I literally ache for her every day. She was not only my sister, but my soul mate – and it has been quite a struggle to get my head and heart around this.
 
It has been my task to contact people in her life – and it has been a challenging task – I’m not sure if you are aware that while it initially appeared Jane may have took her own life, there are some extenuating circumstances that are under police investigation – no cause of death or death certificate has been released. Given that, the police have all the tools I would have used to contact folks in her life – her phone, her computer, her address book etc… so I initially contacted folks who were her friends on Facebook…."



 
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07/26/11 09:20 PM #1    

Mary Lyman (Ryan)

To the Family and Friends of Jane Thissen-

My favorite memories of Jane will always be the hours we spent trying to figure out life as a couple of high school seniors about to launch ourselves out into the big world. Jane Thissen was talented, intelligent, and beautiful. The news of her death was a sad shock to those of us who knew and loved her.  After high school and college,  her dreams and goals took her far away from Ft. Dodge and the friends who surrounded her.  I always thought Jane would show up at one of our class reunions and be surrounded once again by her friends--all eager to catch up and renew the friendship. 

I hope God will send His healing love to Jane's two daughters and her grieving family.  They are in our thoughts too. Rest in peace dear friend Jane.

 --Mary Lyman Ryan

 

 


07/31/11 06:08 PM #2    

Laura Ludgate

 

This is an email that I received from Jane's sister and seemed to give me some understanding about her life. I had been so hopeful that she would finally restore contact and join us at this reunion.
 
"Hi Laura.
 
I’m Mary Thissen - one of Jane Thissens’ younger twin sisters.
 
I know that you are aware that Jane passed away in late March because I saw the card you wrote to our folks when we had a service for her in their home in North Carolina. Thank you so much for the love and support that you conveyed in your message. It meant a great deal to my parents – and to me when I read it.
 
I cannot even begin to describe the impact this has all had – Jane was such a talented, passionate, amazing woman - and I literally ache for her every day. She was not only my sister, but my soul mate – and it has been quite a struggle to get my head and heart around this.
 
It has been my task to contact people in her life – and it has been a challenging task – I’m not sure if you are aware that while it initially appeared Jane may have took her own life, there are some extenuating circumstances that are under police investigation – no cause of death or death certificate has been released. Given that, the police have all the tools I would have used to contact folks in her life – her phone, her computer, her address book etc… so I initially contacted folks who were her friends on Facebook…."

08/03/11 11:11 AM #3    

Mary Kelly

I ran into Jane in a store here in Lexington, KY, shortly after I moved to Lexington in 1976.   She was married to an equine vet at that time by the  name of Seale.  We didn't keep in touch in Lexington because we weren't close in high school, but it was nice to know another alumna was around.

Next I knew of Jane was when I saw her interviewed on the local news speaking on behalf of the firefighters auxiliary (I think).  Her name then was Burleson, apparently divorced and remarried to another equine vet.

Then I somehow learned that she had divorced and remarried yet a third equine vet, Bill Rood.  I believe they had two daughters, one of whom I met at a function at my church. 

I most recently ran into Jane a few years ago when I learned she had just married my dogs' vet names Briestle.  At that time she was doing animal portraits and owned a little art shop here in Lexington.  Apparently she divorced my vet and moved to Wisconsin.  I e-mailed her about a year ago but didn’t get a reply.

It was painful to learn that Jane is no longer with us.  Here is the web site she published which has a lot of information about Jane and her passions.  Rest in peace, Jane.

http://janethissen.com/ 


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