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Jane Perkins

July 6, 1945-Jan. 29, 2009

Former Detroit Lakes resident Jane A. Perkins, 63, of East Grand Forks, Minn., passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2009 at the Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D.

Jane Ann Parker was born the daughter of John and Florence (Velander) Parker on July 6, 1945 in Glenwood, Minn. Jane grew up and attended school in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1963. She went on and attended Moorhead State College in Moorhead, graduating from there in 1967. On April 22, 1967 she married Jim Perkins in Detroit Lakes. Jane taught school in West Fargo, and in 1971, moved to East Grand Forks, where she taught school until 1986. In 1986 she began teaching elementary physical education at Viking Elementary in Grand Forks, until retiring in 2008.

Jane is survived by her husband Jim of East Grand Forks; children, Jeff (Jill) Perkins of Detroit Lakes, Bryan (Erica) Perkins of East Grand Forks and Mark Perkins of Browerville, Minn,; four grandchildren; siblings Pat Parker, Peter Parker, Michael (Jane) Parker, Tony (Marsha) Parker and Mary Frigstad, all of Detroit Lakes, and Nancy (Dwight) Parker of Iowa City, Iowa.

Preceding Jane in death were her parents and one sister, Susan.

A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks.

Arrangements were entrusted to Stennes Funeral Home of East Grand Forks. An online guest book is available at