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Jane Lakin Hershey

November 13, 1934 — April 2, 2024


Jane Lakin Hershey

Miriam Jane Lakin Hershey of Rose Hill, Williamsport Maryland, died Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at Coffman Nursing Home in Hagerstown, Maryland. Born November 13, 1934, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Edmund Aldine Lakin and Miriam Jane Hoffman and married the love of her life, Richard Kalbflesh Hershey, on March 14, 1955. Tragically, he preceded her in death on November 21, 1975.

Always interested in learning, Jane was a graduate of Stuart Hall in Staunton, Virginia, and Bradford College in Bradford, Massachusetts. She attended Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and received her B.A. from Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in 1983.

A humble servant of God, Mrs. Hershey was a member of Zion Reformed Church (United Church of Christ) in Hagerstown, Maryland, where she served on the Consistory, the Altar Guild, and the Soup Kitchen.

Of all of her passions, history and historical preservation were at the top of Jane’s list. For most of her lifetime, she served on various boards and committees including the Washington County Historical Society, the Washington County Historical and Fine Arts Trust (later the Mary K. Bowman Fine Arts Fund), the Society for the Preservation of Maryland Antiquities (Preservation Maryland), the Williamsport Memorial Library, the Washington County Historical Advisory Committee, the Antietam Battlefield Advisory Commission, and the Washington County Historic District Commission.

Mrs. Hershey was a member of the Civil War Roundtable, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, the Washington County Historical Trust, the Clear Spring District Historical Association, the Friends of Fort Frederick, Women at the Table, and the Conococheague Institute. Since 1962, she was an active participant with the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage—Washington County.

This deep involvement in all things historical is best exemplified by Jane Lakin Hershey’s beautiful home, Rose Hill. It was home to her active children and families and to countless peacocks and five golden retrievers named Robbie. When she would leave there, she loved to travel.

Jane is survived by three daughters, Kim Hershey Hatcher of Easton, Maryland, Kristin Hershey Grosh of Hagerstown, Maryland, and Alden Hershey of Middletown, Maryland; one son, Todd Lakin Hershey of Keedysville, Maryland; eleven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. One granddaughter, Mary Anne Hatcher, of Easton, Maryland, preceded her in death.

Services will be held at Rest Haven Funeral Home, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown on     Friday, April 5, 2024 at 2:00 P.M. with the Rev. Dr. E. Scott Winnette officiating. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.  Friends will be received at the funeral home on Friday one half hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Zion Reformed Church (UCC), 201 North Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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