Jane Elizabeth Hilsenbeck

01/04/1954 - 10/08/2022

Obituary for Jane Elizabeth Hilsenbeck

Jane Hilsenbeck, age 68 of Perry, IA, passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at the EveryStep Kavanagh House in Des Moines, IA. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 7 p.m., at Murdock Funeral Home in Perry, with visitation preceding the service from 5-7 p.m.
Jane Elizabeth Hilsenbeck was born on January 4, 1954, in Perry, IA to Robert Wayne and Sarah Jane (Yetter) Gittins. She graduated from Perry High School in 1972. Jane was united in marriage to Charles “Chuck” Hilsenbeck in Perry, IA on September 14, 1973.
Jane loved children, helping others, and serving Perry. She started her working career as an accountant at Burk Ford Sales. After that, she found her true calling was serving people. She worked in education at Perry Preschool and Perry Elementary for 24 years as a teacher associate and administrative assistant. She spent the last 6 years of her career as an administrative assistant at Dallas County Hospital, retiring in January 2019. Jane was also involved in many activities and organizations over the years.
Jane was well known for her ability to create and decorate. She loved sewing, quilting, and flower gardening and took great pride in decorating the inside and outside of her home. Jane had a wonderful eye for decorating, was always crafting something, and many benefited from her crafting and creating skills. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and leader of her family. She always kept everything organized and knew exactly what needed done and when. Jane had a very special relationship with both of her grandsons, and there was never any doubt of her love for them.
In death, she rejoins her parents, Bob and Sarah Gittins, a brother, Randy Gittins, and sister-in-law, Margaret (Maggie) Gittins.
Left to cherish Jane’s memory are her husband Chuck of Perry, IA; children, Scott of Perry, IA and Steve (Jenn) of Walford, IA; grandchildren, Jareth and Hudson; brothers, Bob Gittins of Perry, IA, Rod (Penny) Gittins of Perry, IA, and John (Jeanne) Gittins of Waukee, IA; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials in Jane’s name will be directed to EveryStep Hospice or directed to the family to be used for a K-1 Book Donation in Jane’s memory and may be sent to Murdock Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at

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I met Jane. When my son Jacob and I moved to perry and married Dustin she loved Jacob and always asked me how he was doing and the years of knowing her her love for us 💔 she would watch over him in the elementary school office and call me know he is married and is 22 she still asked about Jacob until she left the hospital were she worked I miss her and her love for me love u Jane fly high angel 😇 blessings to ur family thank u for loving us ❤️ hugs sweet friend see u in heaven ❤️ 💙 💗 Kelly
- Kelly Mull
This gal was one of my favorite people, I'm so sad for her and her family. She was a person who cared about everyone but she loved kids. She served on the Child Development Centers Board and what a great job she did. It made my day when I would be lucky enough to get one of her cards with a note on it. Chuck she praised you often. She missed her Mom and Dad a lot and spoke of them often. To all of her family I'm so sorry, thoughts and prayers are strong for you. I'm going to miss her sooo much, you were my buddy, ♥️ You and no more pain for a great lady! RIP Carolyn McNeill
- Carolyn McNeill

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