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Jane Ann Turney


Jane Ann Turney (Suloff), aged 89, passed away at 7:30 a.m. on December 9, 2022. Born April 1, 1933 in Akron, Ohio as the first child of Paul and Hazel Suloff, she was quite young when her family moved to a century home just outside of Akron which they updated and restored over ensuing decades.

At Norton High School she was very active and to her last days had the rare gift of remaining very close to her best friend from youth, Pat Wosary (Floyd). Jane eagerly attended and graduated from Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve) in Cleveland, Ohio. Good fortune saw Robert Turney, a dental student at Western Reserve, working as a waiter in her residence dining hall where a mutual friend introduced them. They married in 1955. Jane later earned her BSN and RN at the University of Akron, subsequently working as a dedicated and caring nurse at Akron area hospitals. Jane and Bob raised their family in Bath, Ohio and were married for 50 years (Dr. Turney passed in 2005). Upon retirement they moved to Fernandina Beach, Florida and enjoyed many happy years there.

They have 3 children, Jennifer of Largo, Florida, Michael (Teresa) of Maineville, Ohio and David of Fernandina Beach, as well as four grandchildren (Margot, Colin, Andy, and Kristen) and two great grandchildren (Elise and Benjamin). Jane also leaves two brothers: Paul of Akron, Ohio and David (Sigrid) of Sausalito, California.

Jane volunteered in several local organizations including Daughters of the American Revolution, Presbyterian Church quilt guild, and The Fernandina Beach Museum of History. Particularly fond of genealogy, she gathered information through historical documents and field research over six years in the 1990's to compile a book of family history. She also wrote and published a short story for children, inspired by locations the family frequented during their years in Bath. Water aerobics at the YMCA was another pleasure. Both Bob and Jane were active members of First Presbyterian Church while their health allowed.

Jane's highest priority was always family, and she will be remembered as a wonderful mother and role model. She was caring, loyal, and honest; always a lady of integrity who lived life with grace, class and dignity.

Jane would say it was a very good life. It was. Her descendants treasure her wisdom and her legacy.

Jane will rejoin her devoted husband Bob in the First Presbyterian Church columbarium, Fernandina Beach, Florida.


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