In Memory of Emma “Jane” Dinsmore

Jay Dinsmore’s mother Jane Dinsmore passed away recently. Jay gave us permission to post her obituary as a tribute to her life.

Emma “Jane” Dinsmore

Emma “Jane” Dinsmore, 87, of Coralville, died Tuesday, July 15th, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service with visitation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, and Friday beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will follow at Oakhill Cemetery in Coralville. Memorials in Jane’s name can be made to the American Legion Auxiliary (memo: Iowa City VA Fund) or the Coralville Center for Performing Arts.

Emma Jane Robinson was born April 27, 1927, in Cedar Co.; daughter of Ralph and Emma Robinson. She graduated from West Branch High School and shortly thereafter married Charles Dinsmore, on September 13, 1947. After marriage they moved to Coralville and a few years later, in 1953, built their family home on 7th avenue. She worked most of her life bookkeeping and helping with secretarial matters at their business, Dinsmore Insurance and also for a time at the University.

Jane has been an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary since their marriage, serving as past president and treasurer, and a longtime member of Parkview Church. She also volunteered at the Iowa City VA Hospital for many years, serving most recently as the Patient Representative in Volunteer Services. When not helping others, she enjoyed a game of Bridge or time with her grandchildren. She was a very positive and caring woman, who usually had a bed ready in case someone needed a place to stay for a few days, weeks, or longer.

Her family includes her children, Jim (Sandie) of Asheboro, NC, Sue (Mike) of Iowa City, Jay (Jan) of Chandler, AZ and Dean (Anne) of Rocky, OK; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and her sisters, Mary Bennett, Jenny Bena and Helen Fankhauser.

She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1977; siblings and grandson, Jason.