Jane Hansen DeWitt

Date of Birth

August 30, 1927

Date of Death

April 29, 2017

Age 89, died peacefully on April 29, 2017 with her children at her side in her Santa Barbara, CA home. She was born Mary Jane Hansen on August 30, 1927 in Pontiac, MI, where she grew up and attended school, obtaining her pilot’s license at a young age. She later attended Purdue University, where she met the love of her life, Richard “Dick” DeWitt, with whom she celebrated 63 years of marriage.

The couple settled in Pontiac and had two sons, Rick and Gerry, before moving to Riverside, CA in 1960. Shortly thereafter, a third child, Katie, was born, and Jane lived with Dick in Riverside until his passing in 2013. Once her children were grown, Jane enjoyed an active life of golf and bridge at the Victoria Club, where she and Dick were members for over 50 years. After Dick retired, the couple also traveled extensively.

Three years ago, Jane moved to Santa Barbara, CA, to be near her children, and settled into Vista Del Monte Retirement Community, where she spent her final years surrounded by the wonderful and caring staff there and visited by her children daily.

Jane is survived by her children Gerry and Katie, and is now reunited with Dick and her first son, Rick, who pre-deceased her.


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