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Jane M. Foster

Jane M. Foster Jane M. Foster

Jane Marilyn Haines Foster was born on Dec. 26, 1936, to Delbert and Mildred Haines in Indianapolis and passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, in Sarasota, Fla.

Jane was raised in Greenfield and attended Indiana University, where she met and married her devoted husband, Gilbert Davis Foster.

After relocating to Minnesota, Jane continued her collegiate and graduate studies, primarily at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, ultimately earning master’s and doctoral degrees. Jane was an intellectual with a lifelong interest in parapsychology and religious and spiritual studies. Jane enjoyed an incredibly diverse career, including teaching in the Head Start program, working in the medical technology field, public school education with a focus on disadvantaged students, social work and hospice care. She was an active volunteer, helping the homeless and tutoring special-needs children, working with Catholic Charities caring for at-risk battered women and helping the homeless. Jane also cared for infants (one for three months) as a foster parent. Being an accomplished pianist and music teacher, music played a very important role in Jane’s life. Jane and Gil became members of several churches as they relocated from Indiana to Illinois, then Minnesota, Michigan, back to Minnesota and finally Florida. Jane and Gil were active members of Bent Tree Country Club and immensely enjoyed their lake-front home in the Bent Tree neighborhood. Jane was an avid traveler, visiting over 40 countries, including ladies-only trips with her mother, and enjoying innumerable cruises with Gil. Jane, a loving mother and grandmother, delighted in spending time with her family. She especially loved hosting her grandchildren at her homes in Minnesota and Florida.

Jane is survived by her husband, Gil; their three children, Vincent Foster (wife Louise) of Houston, Texas, Jill Foster (husband Cliff Miller) of Sarasota, Fla., and Daniel Foster (wife Elaine) of Camas, Wash.; their five grandchildren, Allen Foster of Seattle, Wash., Carolyn Foster of Seattle, Wash., Michael Foster of Houston, Texas, Amy Foster of Houston, Texas, and Brittany Foster (husband Jere Freel) of Dallas, Texas; and a brother, Thomas Haines (wife Pearlann) of Greenfield, and his three children, Beth Haines Levitt (husband Martin) of Tallahassee, Fla., Brent Haines (wife Betsy Dykstra) of Oak Park, Ill., and Stephanie Haines of Greenfield.

Celebration of Life service: To take place at a later date in Greenfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to be made in Jane’s honor to Alzheimer’s and dementia research organizations such as Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research efforts or to non-profit hospice care facilities. Memorial gifts in memory of Jane designated for Alzheimer’s disease research at Mayo Clinic can be made online at or mailed to Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.