Jane Alberta Bastow Glenn Dzelzitis, 87, of Laurens, South Carolina, passed away May 1, 2021.
She was born Nov. 2, 1933, to the late Clara and Albert Bastow.
Jane was predeceased by her sister, Annette Bastow; and husbands, Ronald Glenn (1956-1979) and Visi Dzelzitis (1984-1998).
She is survived by: children, Douglas Glenn (Paulyn) of Greenville, Jonathan Glenn of Columbia, Jennifer Glenn (Sandy Hunter) of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren, JR Glenn (Ashley), Jason Glenn (Lauren), Danielle Burton (Larry), Cameron Hunter, Margaret Glenn; and great-grandchildren, Zackary Burton, Brentley Glenn, Brently Glenn; Maddox Glenn, Oliver Glenn and Milo Glenn.
She was a graduate of Harborcreek High School (1950); attended Penn State (Berhrend Campus) 1950; trained as a radiologic technologist (1951-1953); returned to Penn State in 1963 (graduated in 1957 with BA in Sociology).
Jane was active in her churches. She served as a Sunday school teacher, circle chairman, superintendent of Sunday school, and Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville; circle secretary/treasurer and Secretary of Women at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Greenville; and president of the Wesley Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church in Laurens.
She served as chairman of the Education Committee and president of the Board of Directors at the American Cancer Society in Greenville; member of the American Cancer Society (State of S.C.) Board of Directors; and was also a member of the American Cancer Society National Volunteer Training Team.
Jane was also active in her community. She was a member of The Wednesday Club, Laurens County Arts Council, Main Street Laurens, Friends of the Library, Laurens County Historical Society and on the Board of Directors for the Laurens County Community Concert Association.
She was employed by Greenville General Hospital – Radiation Therapy Department (1973-1978); Greenville Memorial Hospital – Administrative Director Cancer Treatment Center (1978-1986); S.C. Vocational Rehabilitation – Disability Examiner (1986-1988). She was also a member of PEO and Altrusa International.
Jane was an avid reader and a world traveler. She visited five continents and went on several mission trips in the U.S. and abroad to help others. She was passionate about her God, her family, and her friends. Jane felt that she lived a charmed life. She will be missed.
To me she was Aunt Jane. She was my mother’s best friend. She was a comfort and touch stone tiny sister and me after the death of our mother. We were fortunate to visit and play with Jane and Jenni over the past years. We had Zoom meeting together, shared art projects via zoom and were grateful to Sandy for his technical help. I miss her and love every minute I had with her, from childhood to adulthood.
Knowing Jane was a pleasure and a blessing in my life. I met her when she was a resident of McCready Manor in
Richmond, KY. She frequented the farmer’s market where I sold produce, and we quickly became fast friends. I visited her and other friends at McCready, often talked or texted with her, and during the pandemic joined Jane and two others for a weekly visit on Zoom. I enjoyed her sincerity, her good humor, her compassion, and her positive attitude. Although i didn’t know her for many years, i respected her and considered her a mentor. I will miss my friend Jane.