Jane Anne (Fisher) Engleman, 92, passed away peacefully at her home in Lawrence, June 6, 2013. She was born Sept. 17, 1920 in Wichita Falls, Texas, daughter of William L. and Valeria Belle (Astin) Fisher. She married the love of her life, Dale Engleman on Nov. 21, 1944 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He died Oct. 17, 2005.
Moving to Pasadena, Calif., at an early age, she attended elementary and junior high school and Pasadena Playhouse School of Theater. Later she moved to Hollywood, Calif., where she graduated from Hollywood High School and Los Angeles City College Theater Academy, with classes from UCLA.
She was active in theatre, working with Al Woods Productions, Domino Theatre, and was under contract at Columbia Studios. During World War II she was employed at Lockheed Aircraft Company.
Jane and Dale moved to Great Bend, in 1947 from Hollywood. She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church, Great Bend, where she taught Sunday school and served on many church committees including ministry and staff parish. She was also a longtime faithful attendee of First Christian Church, Great Bend. She was also a substitute teacher at Great Bend High School. She was a winner of NBC’s “Most Beautiful Voice in America” in 1957 and was elected to “Who’s Who of American Women”. She was integral in Great Bend Community Theatre, serving on the board of directors, acting and directing.
In the 1960s and 1970s, she was Women’s Program Director at KVGB Radio Station in Great Bend. After moving to Lawrence in 2009, she was involved with the Lawrence Community Theatre and Vintage Players.
She was a lifetime Golden Girl member of PEO Chapter FS, Athenian Club, Bloomer Girls, and various other clubs and organizations. Survivors include two sons: Mark Engleman and his wife Janet Smalter and Steve Engleman, both of Lawrence; and two grandchildren: Sam Engleman and Megan Engleman. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, Scott T. Engleman, and sister Marguerite (Fisher) Kolp.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday at First Christian Church, Great Bend, with the Rev. William F. Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-9 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday at Bryant Funeral Home. Memorials are requested to the Scott Tucker Engleman Memorial Loan Fund, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family and the obituary viewed at www.bryantfh.net.