Jane Louise Wertz, 47, worked for U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in Africa, Amsterdam

By on July 23, 2014

It is with deep sorrow that Elizabeth Jean Wertz of Lititz announces the passing of her only daughter, Jane Louise Wertz, 47, of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Jane died peacefully at Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn., July 13, 2014 with loved ones by her side.

Jane was born in Lancaster on Nov. 11, 1966.

Jane graduated from Manheim Township High School in 1985. She received a Bachelor of Science from Bryn Mawr College in 1989 and a Master’s degree in Agribusiness Management from Michigan State University in 1996. Her work assignments took her to many countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Her love affair with Africa began during her Peace Corps experience from 1990 to 1992 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Prior to graduate school, Jane worked for the US Department of Agriculture as an agricultural economist. Following graduate school, Jane began her career in 1996 as a marketing manager for Delta and Pineland in Mississippi, selling cottonseed as bio-engineering was coming to the forefront. In 1998, she was transferred to Amsterdam, a city she fell in love with and made her home there until her death.

In subsequent years, Jane worked as a marketing manager for several telecommunication companies, including KPNQuest, BV, VIA NET.Works, ACN Europe BV, Celtel International in Kenya, Augere Ltd., London, Vodafone in Ghana and Amsterdam, Helois Towers and Smile in Tanzania.

Jane was an avid reader and belonged to several book clubs as well as The American Women’s Club in Amsterdam and The Yacht Club in Dar Es Salaam. Always ready to take on new challenges, Jane learned to sail, scuba dive and golf in Dar Es Salaam. Among her many accomplishments, Jane was fluent in Dutch and Kikongo and proficient in French.

Facebook was a wonderful way for Jane to stay in touch with family, friends and past colleagues. She will be missed by her many friends all over the world. Jane’s passion for life and love of travel makes it fitting that everyone who knew and loved her bid her “Bon Voyage.”

At a later date, memorial services will be held in Lititz; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Tanzania. Memorial contributions may be made to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust at sheldrickwildlifetrust.org.

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