John A. Lane, 90


John A. Lane, 90Shrewsbury – John A. “Jack” Lane, 90, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at the Ichabod Washburn Hospice Residence in Worcester. His beloved wife of nearly 62 years, Virginia “Ginny” R. Lane, passed away in 2009.

He was the loving father of Priscilla A. Lane and her husband Bruce Sloman of Northampton, Susan L. Ostrosky and her husband John J. Ostrosky of Shrewsbury, Janis N. Lane of Worcester and Debra N. Lane of Shrewsbury. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many other loving family members.

Born in Providence, R.I. and raised in Newton, he graduated from Newton High School in 1939 and later Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he was a member of the Class of 1944.

Mr. Lane served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a medic with the 355 Engineers. After serving six months in England, he later saw the Battles of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland (Germany), Ardennes (Belgium), and Central Europe. He received several medals including the Theater Campaign Ribbon. His tour in Europe lasted for just over two years.

After the War, he and his wife Virginia started their family, residing in Shrewsbury for many years.

He enjoyed gardening, baseball, golf, and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury for 52 years and a Mason at the Siloam Lodge, Westborough. He and his wife volunteered for 10 years in the Shrewsbury School System, where they enjoyed reading to children. He also volunteered at Memorial Hospital in Worcester for five years.

He enjoyed a long retirement after working for many years at Automatic Specialties in Marlborough.

Mr. Lane's family would like to thank the wonderful staff of the Ichabod Washburn Hospice Residence for their loving care and support.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church, 19 Church Rd., Shrewsbury. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to UMass Memorial Hospice, P.O. Box 2795, Worcester, MA 01613-9938; St. Anne's Food Pantry, 130 Boston Turnpike Rd., Shrewsbury, MA 01545; or The First Congregational Church, 19 Church Rd., Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

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