Jane E. Haskins “beloved mother and grandmother”
COUDERSPORT, Pa.----Jane Ernst Haskins, 95, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away on Friday, January 21, 2022, in UPMC Cole Place, Coudersport, after a long illness .
Born on Saturday, March 13, 1926 in Burtville, she was the daughter of Fred C. and Estella Frutiger Ernst. On June 5, 1948 in the Sartwell Creek Union Church, she married Arnold J. “Arnie” Haskins, who passed away on March 31, 2000. They had celebrated 51 years of marriage.
Jane was a graduate and salutatorian of Roulette High School, Class of 1944. She was first employed by the former Cameo Doll Factory in Port Allegany. She was later employed for 25 years in the Coudersport High School cafeteria and during that period of time she was employed by Mericle Busing in Coudersport where she was the first female bus driver, and in addition she was employed by the Coudersport Consistory for over 30 years; overseeing the dining room. She, along with her husband, owned and operated the family business, the former Haskins’ Motors in Coudersport.
Jane was a former member of the Sartwell Creek Union Church and since 1954 was a member of Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport. She was a 50+ year member and past matron of Eulalia Chapter #148 O.E.S. in Coudersport, a former District Deputy Grand Matron of District 12 O.E.S. in 1966, and was a member of the Past Matron’s Club of Coudersport. She was also a 50+ member of the Potter County Historical Society in Coudersport and a charter member of the Red Hat Tamales, a Coudersport chapter of the Red Hat Society. Jane enjoyed researching family genealogy. She was a loving homemaker and mother, not only to her children but to the neighborhood children. Her greatest love was her family. She was extremely proud that she lived in the same home for 72 years.
Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Debra (Ed) Ayers of Coudersport and Jacqueline (Jeff) Austin of Port Allegany; a daughter-in-law, Billie Haskins of Pittsburgh; seven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Gladys Haskins of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Jane was predeceased by a son, Arnold G. “Arnie” Haskins; a brother, Frankie Ernst; a sister, June Croop; and a special uncle, Lyle LeRoy “Roy” Frutiger.
Family and friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with the Rev. Greg Rapp, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.
Members of Eulalia Chapter # 148 O.E.S. will conduct a memorial service at 12:45pm on Tuesday in the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; to Cole Foundation, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Jane entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jane, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.