Jane Shanklin, 73, of Sandisfield

She was a third-generation and lifelong resident of Sandisfield, having visited during the summers as a child and choosing to make it her permanent home with her two children in 1973.

Jane R. Shanklin, 73, of Sandisfield passed away June 10, 2020.

Jane Shanklin

Jane was born Dec. 12, 1946, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to the late Robert D. and Ruth J. (Mulvaney) Freeman of Sandisfield. She was a third-generation and lifelong resident of Sandisfield, having visited during the summers as a child and choosing to make it her permanent home with her two children in 1973.

Jane loved her family and cherished any time she could spend with her grandchildren William, Josie, Jacob and Andrew, as well as her nine nieces and nephews. She spoke often about “Skyledge,” the family home on Route 57 in Sandisfield where she shared many happy memories with her extended family, whose names included Mulhearn, Gillespie, Mulvaney and McInerney. Jane was a free spirit with a deep faith, and was a kind soul to those who knew and understood her.

Jane is survived by sons Thomas A. (Melissa) Shanklin of Upper Arlington, Ohio, and Jeffery H. Shanklin of Sandisfield. She leaves behind siblings Robert T. (Marianna E.) Freeman of Ocean City, Maryland, Dorothy Dubé of Cary, North Carolina, and James P. (Lori) Freeman of Barkhamsted, Connecticut.

Jane will be dearly missed by the many friends she made throughout her life in the Berkshires. She will be laid to rest alongside several generations of her family in a private ceremony “on the Hill” at the Sandisfield Cemetery, where she will join her longtime partner, William A. Hassig of Sandisfield and Barkhamsted, Connecticut. Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home in Great Barrington is handling the arrangements. To send remembrances to the family, go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.