Jane R. Pinkerton, 78, former Queen of the Candles, Miss Ephrata

By on May 18, 2016

Jane R. Pinkerton, 78, formerly of Lititz, passed away peacefully in her sleep at Christiana Hospital, Newark, Del., early Thursday morning, May 12, 2016, after battling a rare blood disorder and is now at home with the Lord.

Born Jane Lois Risser in 1937 in Lititz, she was the daughter of the late Ruth (Weaver) and Carl B. Risser of that town.

She was a graduate of Lititz High School in 1955, and was elected by her classmates to be that year’s Queen of the Candles for the Fourth of July celebration there. Also in that year, she was a contestant in the Miss Pennsylvania contest as Miss Ephrata. She received many accolades from her friends simply because she was always so friendly. Jane grew up in Lititz and lived there until her marriage to Bruce Pinkerton in 1959, when they moved to Newark so Bruce could pursue an advanced degree at the University of Delaware.

Jane attended the Kingswood United Methodist Church in Newark where she quickly made many friends. She enjoyed volunteering in the kitchen there and serving in many ways. She and her husband were avid gardeners and antiques collectors and participated in various antiques shows over the years.

She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years: Bruce; and their three children: David B. Pinkerton and wife Ana, of Zurich, Switzerland; Susan P. Glynn and husband John of Camp Hill; and Jonathan N. Pinkerton and wife Diana of Newark, Del.; eight grandchildren: twins William D. and Elisabeth C. Pinkerton of Peapack, N.J.; Ana E. Glynn of New York City; Cara P. Glynn and Julia A. Glynn, both at home; Alexander J. Pinkerton; Jennifer Williams and husband Scott; and Jason Newman, all of Newark, Del. Jane is also survived by three sisters and brothers-in-law: Margaret Herr (Melvin), Audrey Cochran (Robert), and Sue Stauffer (James) all of Lititz; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother: C. William Risser.

Jane will always be remembered as a loving, compassionate, thoughtful, and giving person. She had a big heart and a pleasant upbeat personality that made her many friends who thought highly of her. She was a loving wife, comforting and supportive mother, and a gentle, kind grandmother, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Kingswood United Methodist Church, Newark, Del., on June 25 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be private in the family plot in Lititz.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jane’s memory to the Kingswood United Methodist Church, 300 Marrows Road, Newark, DE 19713.

Online condolences may be given at chandlerfuneralhome.com. Chandler Funeral Homes, Wilmington, Del., had charge of the arrangements.



Jane Risser (Pinkerton), age 17, center, during the Lititz 4th of July celebration in 1955

Jane Risser (Pinkerton), age 17, center, during the Lititz 4th of July celebration in 1955




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