Obituary for Jane Powers

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Jane Powers

August 4, 1951 - September 19, 2017

Jane (Kerkhof) Powers, age 66, passed away Tuesday evening, September 19, 2017 at her home in Trafalgar.


Jane was born on August 4, 1951, in Seymour, to the late Palois D. and Ruth E. (Zimmerman) Kerkhof. She was a 1969 graduate of Seymour High School and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 1973 from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1982 from Butler University.


Jane’s medical career took her to Community Hospitals where she was employed as a Medical Social Worker for twenty-four years. She covered Counseling Services at the South and East Campuses.  Jane joined with Indiana University’s Simon Cancer Center in 2001 where she continued to specialize in Oncology Social Services until she retired in 2010. 


She is survived by her husband of 40 years, William F. “Bill” Powers whom she married on July 2, 1977 in Indianapolis. Jane is also survived by siblings: Mary (Allan) Ellen Snyder & Joe (Jane) W. Kerkhof, both of Seymour; niece, Susan Snyder of Greenwood and a nephew, Scott Snyder of Greenwood.


She was preceded in death by an infant sister: Elizabeth Kerkhof.


Jane was a member of the Morgantown United Methodist Church since 2000 where she was the Disciples Class Teacher and served on the Worship and Communion Committees. She enjoyed quilting, traveling, gardening and riding her horse “Mikey”.



The Rev. Ann Spahr will conduct a Celebration of Life service at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Morgantown United Methodist Church, 20 E. Washington Street in Morgantown

. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until service time on Monday at the church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.


Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Jane to the Morgantown United Methodist Church, PO Box 226 Morgantown, IN 46160.


Expressions of caring and kindness may be sent to the Powers family at


Information: (812) 597-4670



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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, September 25, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Morgantown United Methodist Church


20 E. Washington St., Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Memorial Information

Date: Monday, September 25, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm

Morgantown United Methodist Church


20 E. Washington St., Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Born: August 4, 1951
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Condolences for Jane Powers

Patricia Reed posted on 9/21/17

My condolences to Bill and the family. As a former member of MUMC I was priviledged to know Jane and be in her Sunday School class.


Stephanie (White) Coleman posted on 9/25/17

I will forever remember Jane as THE greatest medical social worker I have ever known. Her compassion and dedication to her profession and the patients she served was second to none. I can honestly say I learned from the best, and I am so fortunate to have had Jane as a mentor. Even after all these years, when faced with difficult decisions/patients/cases, I still seem to ask myself, WWJD. (What Would Jane Do). Prayers to Bill and the Family.


Marietta Moore posted on 9/21/17

I am so saddened to hear of Jane's passing. She was a bright star who showed love and compassion to everyone she knew. I feel blessed to have known her. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss.


Anita Rush-Taylor posted on 9/21/17

I was saddened to hear of Jane's passing and then I had the vision in my mind of all the souls that she helped in her life greeting her in heaven; what a celebration!!


Elizabeth Parsons posted on 9/21/17

My heartfelt sympathy to Bill and Jane's family. She was an awesome person and friend. I will miss her deeply.


Ann Cobb posted on 9/22/17

My sincere condolences to Bill and all of the family. I actually met Jane and knew her briefly at I.U. Bloomington, where we were both studying Social Work. I had grown up near Bill and his family so was happy Jane and Bill met and married. Jane's family, especially her sister-in-law Elaine had told me over the years how special Jane was. I am so sorry for your loss of this beautiful person.


Nancy Hook posted on 9/22/17

I will miss you my dear friend more than I can say. We were kindred spirits in so many ways. I don't remember a single point we ever disagreed on and oh how we could rant against the evils in the world! :-) You are the ultimate Social Worker and I learned so much from you and will always consider you the gold standard. I will remember your credo that cancer would not define your life, and it did not! You touched countless lives, including mine and you will remain in my heart always.


Janna Siemon posted on 9/23/17

So sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of working closely with Jane at IU for 2 years and she was a kind, knowledgable, caring colleague.