Jane Ellen Eastman, 60

Published 10:50 am Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Feb. 11, 2012, marked the day to celebrate the life of Jane Ellen Eastman, 60, of North Mankato, Minn. The celebration was led by Pastor Randy Leib from Fountain of Life Church (Panora, Iowa) where Jane enjoyed worshiping God.

Jane Ellen Eastman, 60

She died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in North Mankato.

Jane was born April 18, 1951, in Osage, Iowa, to Herbert Blaine Eastman and Lorene Mae (Cockrum) Eastman. She was married to Arie J. Oudekerk for 27 years (and later divorced). In 1998, she met Phillip L. Henry and since lived in North Mankato, Minn.

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Jane started her adult life as a cosmetologist and was a homemaker raising three children. She was proud of her success raising dogs in her ‘No-Nose Kennel’ that was USDA certified. Later, she graduated and became a travel agent at Sterling Travel in Austin. She then moved to St. Louis Park, Minn., to successfully complete her degree as a veterinarian technician. Jane was also an excellent child care provider, helping to raise numerous children throughout her lifetime.

Jane enjoyed her family, grandchildren, gardening flowers and vegetables with Phillip, baking/cooking/canning, bird watching, traveling and reading.

Jane was preceded in death by her mother (Lorene) in 2004 and newborn brother (Kevin Lane).

She is survived by her significant other, Phillip L. Henry of North Mankato; father, Herbert Blaine Eastman of North Mankato; sister, and brother-in-law, Sandra and Tim Schoenwetter of Stewartville, Minn., children: Trenton J. Oudekerk of Wollongong, Australia and James J. (& Tammy) Oudekerk of Madison Lake, Minn., and Arianne J. (Oudekerk) (& Ryan) Steenblock of Panora, Iowa, and five grandchildren.