MARQUETTE, Mich. - Jane Bennett Sabin, passed away peacefully at her home in Grand Rapids of natural causes on Thursday, May 23, 2013. She had resided in Grand Rapids for the last six years.
Born in Little Falls, New York, on February 26, 1925, Jane Hart Bennett was the daughter of Fred and Marie Bennett. After graduating from Little Falls High School in 1943, Jane worked at Hart Brothers in her hometown prior to enrolling at Central City Business Institute in Syracuse, New York. Upon graduation, Jane worked at Gaylord Brothers Library Supply Company in Syracuse. She later worked at Cherry-Burrell Container Company in Little Falls.
In 1949, Jane married Fred Sabin. They lived in Albany, New York, while Fred attended medical school, and later in Rochester, Minnesota, as Fred completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic. Jane and Fred moved to their home of many years in Marquette, Michigan, in 1957 to begin Fred's medical practice and raise a family.
Jane was a member of St. Peter Cathedral. She was active throughout the years with the Marquette/Alger Medical Society and other community organizations. She was fond of spending time at the family camp on Lake Independence in Big Bay, Michigan. She also enjoyed traveling the world and spending winters in Marco Island, Florida, with her husband, Fred.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Dr. Fred Sabin; her mother and father; and sister Mary Doorey. She is survived by her brother, Dan Bennett of Dolgeville, New York; her children, Fred Sabin (Jan) of Grand Rapids, David Sabin (Monica) of Gladstone, John Sabin (Patty) of Grand Rapids, Sara Niemi (Edward) of Marquette, and Jane Scannell (Tom) of Grand Rapids; and eleven grandchildren: Thomas and Elizabeth Sabin, Rachel and Neal Sabin, Keith and Julia Sabin, Matthew and Michael Niemi, and Emily, Maggie and Mark Scannell. The grandchildren will act as pall bearers.
Friends may call at the Bishops Room located at St. Peter Cathedral on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Monsignor Michael Steber as celebrant. Burial will be made in Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fred and Jane Sabin Scholarship Fund, 603 Cohodas Hall, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855. The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences maybe expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com.