Jane Long - November 21, 2013Jane Marie Long, 66, of Hordville died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln.
Jane’s wishes were to be cremated. A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at All Faiths Funeral Home, 2929 S. Locust St., Grand Island.
Jane was born Sept., 17, 1947 at Sutherland to Carl and Jessie (Nicholson) Eckhoff.
Survivors include her husband, Steven; sons and daughters-in-law, Toby and Jennifer Long of Amherst, Mitch Long of Polk and Scott and Shirley Long of Boston, Mass.; brother, Richard Eckhoff of Hershey; and sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Terry Bannister of North Platte.
Those also left to cherish her memory include eight grandchildren, Desiree, Zachary, Makayla, Zebulon, Keana, Shaina, Alyssa and Jonathan; and her beloved Siberian huskies.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Dewayne Eckhoff.
Jane was raised in Hershey, where she graduated high school. Following graduation, Jane married Steven Long, also of Hershey. They lived in several Nebraska communities, including Kearney, Valentine, Aurora and Hampton before setting down roots in Hordville in 1976, where they raised their family. Jane’s work career included employment at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Coaches Corner in Polk as well as several area greenhouses before becoming a lab technician at the Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center from which she retired.
Jane’s love of flowers and gardening was evident to anyone visiting her home. She had a beautiful home surrounded with the flowers and plants she dearly loved. Her other life-long love involved animals. For 15 years Jane has been raising and showing Siberian huskies. She is well known in the show dog community and has placed her young Siberians throughout the U.S./Canada and overseas. A rewarding experience for Jane was training and certifying a few of her huskies as therapy dogs, which enabled her to take them to the Aurora Nursing Home. She especially enjoyed corresponding and helping her new Siberian families. The hole is our hearts will be filled with the memory of her strength, determination and “alpha” spirit.
Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation.
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