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Jane  B. (Brydges) Chappell
  • Heartland Hospice of Fort Wayne Indiana
    2720 Dupont Commerce Ct #210
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825

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“My deepest sympathy, thoughts, prayers, and hugs. I am so sorry I haven't been keeping up and missed your mom's services I would have loved seeing...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Diane Tuttle Cummins - Concord, MI

“My deepest sympathy to Jane's family. I first met Jane in a support group for daycare at Calhoun Co Medical Care Facility in 2005.. My husband had...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Sharon Hungerford Brown - MI

“I arrived in Battle Creek in July of 1956 having never been in the city. Among my very first acquaintances was Jane Bridges [Chappell]. At that...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: John Girardot - Battle Creek, MI

“While it was well over 20 years that I worked with Jane, her example remains clear in my memory. She truly loved being a nurse and she loved people...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Eleanor Nixon - Work

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jane Chappell. She was a dedicated nurse and instructor. KCC was blessed to have her presence on...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI

“Sorry to hear about your mom, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember your mom in the stands at a lot of sporting events at St. Phil. She had...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Monica (Dobbertien) Johnson - MO

“Oh my gosh Janie I am beyond sad to hear of your passing. I remember the day you hired me at Mercy Pavilion in 1986. You were the kindest most Loving...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Jordan Larimer

“Sending deep condolences and lots of love. I remember Christmas at Aunt Jane & Uncle Dan's house when I was younger. My Grandfather & Grandmother,...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Michelle Dunn - Henrico, VA

“My deepest condolences go out to your family. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Beth Homan

“My heartfelt sympathies go out to you. You are in my thoughts & prayers. I always thought the world of your mom. She took care of my mom in her last...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Jill Forshey (Van Zandt) - FL

“My deepest condolences on Jane's passing.She was highly professional,compassionate and caring nurse.She was very active in monitoring quality of...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Muhammad Rafi

“I really loved spending time with your Mom, and Dan too at the Yacht Basin Marina. Our boats were only a few slips apart. We had much in common...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Ruth Dailey - Holland, MI

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It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Jane Brydges Chappell. She joined the angels peacefully, surrounded by family, on Sunday, April 24, 2022. She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Julie Chappell Ryan (Tim) of Medina, Ohio; Janet Chappell (Michael Ashton) of East Lansing, Michigan; Jeanine Plushnik (Tony) of Ceresco, Michigan; Jackie Stevens (Mark) of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Matthew Chappell (Jair Souza Neto) of San Francisco, California. She was pre-deceased by son Daniel Chappell (Heather), and the great love of her life, husband Daniel Edward Chappell, to whom she was married for 52 wonderful years. Her marriage and her life were exemplary, and she will not be forgotten.

Jane Brydges was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on June 26, 1933, to Mabel and Charles Brydges, the younger sister of Frederick and Glenn. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School, and received her RN from the Mercy School of Nursing in Detroit, Michigan. Upon graduation she returned to Battle Creek and began a long and distinguished career as a nurse at the then Leila Y. Post Montgomery Hospital. She quickly rose through the ranks, working on the Maternity Ward, in the Emergency Department, and as a floor nurse, soon becoming a Night Supervisor, then Day Shift Supervisor, and finally the Assistant Director of Nursing, a position she held for many years.

She met Dan Chappell as a young nurse, and they married January 26, 1957. Children followed soon after. Our mother set a wonderful example early on for us, balancing family and work, as her family was her greatest joy and her primary focus. After retiring from Leila, she worked as a Director of Nursing at several area facilities, for many years as a hospice nurse, and finally as an educator and support staff at Senior Partners of Battle Creek. While there, she developed several programs and support groups. Jane enjoyed many successes in her career with her hard work and dedication, but she will be remembered most for the love and care that her patients received. Indeed, her door was always open to those in need.

Jane loved and adored her family and chosen career, and our mother was also a voracious reader, a master of puzzles, both crossword and jigsaw, and our biggest fan at the hundreds of sporting events that she and our father ferried us to, even making breakfast or dinner for entire teams. They were longtime members of the Gull Lake Country Club and the Kalamazoo Power Squadron. We always had a sailboat, and mom served as the chairwoman of the race committee for many years. Later, the boats became a little bigger and the sailing moved to Lake Michigan, where numerous grandchildren and friends were treated to a sail. There were also several cruises in the Great Lakes region, and in the Bahamas.

In addition to her children, our mother greatly enjoyed the grandchildren and great-grands that she was blessed with: Michael Ryan, Matthew and Andrew Ashton, Ashley Akinsanya and Rachel Belson, Christina Trahin and Michelle Leist, McKenzie Chappell Faulkner, Daniel J. Chappell, and Ian Chappell. She was "gramcracker" to Nolan Leist; Hudson, Evan, Amelia, Stella, and Luke Trahin; and "grams" to Isaiah, Adejoke, Adetokumbo, Oyindamola, and Grace Akinsanya, and Everett Faulkner. A niece, Robin Brydges Anthony, also remains.

Her faith was very important to her, and Jane was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Battle Creek. The last few years of her life were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she continued her devotion as a member of Our Lady of Good Hope. The family wishes to thank our sister Jackie for her loving care of our mother, and to the staff at The Cedars in Leo, Indiana and to Heartland Hospice of Fort Wayne for their expert care.

Donations in Jane Chappell's memory may be made to Heartland Hospice in Fort Wayne, IN, or to, KCC Foundation Nursing Scholarship Fund, 450 North Avenue, Battle Creek, MI, 49017 or at to continue her life's work.

We will all carry a wee bit of Jane with us as we go forth. From an Irish poem by Annette Dunlea:
And for all the friendship that e'er we had
I ask you to remember me;
And when you sit and stories tell,
I'll be with you and help recall;
So fill me to the parting glass,
God bless and joy be with you all.

Friends will be received 4:00-6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Visitation will also be held 9:00-9:50 a.m. Friday at the church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Christopher Ankley 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2022 at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 61 N. 23rd Street, Battle Creek, MI 49015.
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