Jane Marie Spires

Jane Marie Spires

December 16, 1962 – April 20, 2020


Spires (Skradski), Jane M. of Papillion, NE (December 16, 1962) passed away April 20, 2020 after a 6-year journey with early-onset Alzheimer’s.  Jane is survived by her husband Mike; her children Ethan and Elizabeth; her mother Marlene Skradski; her mother-in-law Marlene Spires; and brother-in-law Tim (Becki) Spires.  She is also survived by one sister Julie, one niece, one nephew, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  She is preceded in death by her father Ed Skradski and father-in-law Frank Spires.

Jane graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Meteorology and completed a long and successful career in the air sciences at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder Colorado, the National Weather Service in Oklahoma City, and twenty-seven years with Nebraska Public Power District and Omaha Public Power District providing support for their environmental affairs departments.  Jane enjoyed dining out, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.  She loved vacationing and escaping to the Colorado mountains.

The family is grateful for the wonderful support Jane received from her in-home caregivers, memory care facilities, and hospice workers through her journey.   Jane also leaves behind her puppy Charlie who was always by her side at home.

Condolences on funeral home page.  You can send your sympathy to the family in the guestbook provided and share it with the family and friends.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the immediate family will have a GRAVESIDE SERVICE: at Resurrection Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association in her name.



  • Mark & Julie Suehl Posted April 20, 2020 6:21 pm

    Our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys. She was one of my best friends. Mark

  • Lauren Copeland Posted April 20, 2020 6:30 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She was such a beautiful and intelligent person. Praying for you all.

  • Jody Mendick Posted April 20, 2020 6:42 pm

    Prayers for you all, I went to Gross with Jane. My mother is in a memory care unit the past few years/ tough path for all❤️

  • Kollin Derynck Posted April 20, 2020 8:27 pm

    Mike – so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Kollin & Alyssa

  • Dave and Lora Swett Posted April 21, 2020 7:56 am

    Our prayers and sympathy to your family. Jane was a special person, lots of good memories during the time we worked at NPPD.


  • Donn and Judy Posted April 21, 2020 8:21 am

    Mike….Judy and I extend heartfelt condolence…I can’t begin to tell you how much I admire how you have lived this out…your grace, dignity and loyalty during this long and difficult time
    speaks to your character…Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…

  • Carl Holm Posted April 21, 2020 9:23 am

    Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. My Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.

  • Bob & Barb Nitsch Posted April 21, 2020 10:08 am

    Barb and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to you at his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Spencer Spires Posted April 21, 2020 11:01 am

    So sad for her loss.

  • Jim Pavlik Posted April 21, 2020 11:18 am

    Sympathies and condolences to the Spires and Skradski families. May Jane enjoy Eternal rest.

  • Bill & Kathy Fehrman Posted April 21, 2020 11:32 am

    Mike – Jane always had my highest respect as a professional. Her advice and counsel was consistently spot on. Lots of great memories from the NPPD days. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Doug and CaSandra Johnson Posted April 21, 2020 12:19 pm

    Our hearts are breaking for your whole family. Jane had an amazing wit and we enjoyed being around her. Terribly sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Doug, CaSandra, Vincent and Patrick Johnson

  • Mike Banks Posted April 21, 2020 12:34 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Jane was at Meriwether with my dad, Dick . My father passed away last month and we know he is in a better place and so is Jane.Mike and Dawn Banks Columbus ,Ne

  • Piyush Srivastav Posted April 21, 2020 1:30 pm

    Dear Mike, I am so saddened to hear about Jane’s passing away. She was an amazing and very thoughtful person. I hope that you, Ethan and Lizzy will gather the strength to cope with your immense loss. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. Take care. Piyush

  • Darryl Keeney Posted April 21, 2020 3:13 pm

    So sorry to read about the passing of Jane. I will keep you in my prayers.

  • Lisa Plourde Posted April 21, 2020 8:28 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Jane’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Jane will forever be in your hearts and you will cherish the memories. I always enjoyed talking to Jane and her smile was contagious. I am sure she is smiling down from heaven.
    ~Brian, Lisa & Natalie Plourde

  • Barb Gay Posted April 21, 2020 9:25 pm

    Mike and family, I’m very much saddened to learn of Jane’s passing and my thoughts are with you. I enjoyed the time shared with Jane as my NPPD colleague and missed her when she left. Thoughts of her will always bring fond memories of the interesting and fun person she was.

  • Kathy Hopwood Posted April 22, 2020 7:40 am

    Mike & family, I’m so very sorry to hear of Jane’s passing. Sending prayers your way with sympathy.

  • Ben and Megan Garday Posted April 22, 2020 8:50 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jane and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

  • Gail Slade Posted April 22, 2020 11:48 am

    Godspeed Jane, thank you for being my friend, I was so lucky to have you in my life. Mike and family, my heartfelt sympathy and prayers.

  • Dan Nitzel Posted April 22, 2020 12:22 pm

    I extend to you my most heartfelt sorrow and condolences.

  • Sue Miner Chvala Posted April 22, 2020 1:34 pm

    Dear Marlene – I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.
    Sue Miner-Chvala

  • Goya and Lan Raikar Posted April 22, 2020 2:15 pm

    We are so sad to hear of Jane’s passing. We are thinking of you and wish you peace as you go through your grief.

  • James G Kucera Sr Posted April 22, 2020 2:53 pm

    Mike – so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I worked with Jane at OPPD and Lizzie was a great friend to my granddaughter.

  • Sharon Kuncl Posted April 22, 2020 7:16 pm

    I was sorry to learn of Jane’s illness and passing. She. worked in Larry’s department at NPPD and he appreciated her contributions to the department. Jane and Mike were our neighbors. Elizabeth might like to read the book, Motherless Daughters by Hope Elderman (published around 1990). I care. 🌹🌹🌹🙏🙏🙏Hugs to Mike, the children, and family.

  • Kent, Mary, and Emma Posted April 23, 2020 8:04 am

    Mike, Ethan, and Lizzy,
    We are very sorry for the loss of Jane. She was a wonderful person and a great neighbor. We have nice memories of talking to her about the kids, and we enjoyed her sense of humor. She is missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

  • Patricia R Nansel Posted April 23, 2020 10:35 am

    To Jane’s family, so sorry for your loss. I worked with Jane. She was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known—a pure pleasure knowing her! May you find God’s peace in the coming days.

  • John Cheney Posted April 23, 2020 11:28 pm

    A very wonderful woman… beautiful in every way. I was good friends with her in high school. I wish all her family and friends comfort in this difficult time. She was the best.

  • Ron & Ruth Asche Posted April 25, 2020 7:51 am

    Our condolences to the family. I had the privilege of knowing Jane during her time at NPPD. She was a very talented, energetic, and thoughtful person. A great member of the NPPD team. Her life was far to short. So sad that she is gone, but I am sure wonderful memories will remain for all that knew her.

  • Guy & Becky Evasco Posted May 4, 2020 10:40 am

    We are very sorry to hear about your loss. I always had the utmost respect for you and Jane.. Your are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Guy & Becky

  • Karen Moran Posted May 8, 2020 9:20 am

    Mike and family,
    I am sorry for your loss. Jane was a good friend in high school and we had many laughs together. She always had a smile on her face and was laughing constantly. She was very smart and loved being part of the group. I remember how happy and beautiful she was on her wedding day. She rocked the mermaid wedding dress. I remember she carried a simple lily and thought to myself, that is so Jane. Simple and elegant.
    Karen Moran

  • Jeff Lenz Posted May 26, 2020 3:41 pm

    Mike – I am so sorry to hear about Jane. My heart goes out to you and your family from this tragic loss. I hope you and your children have been able to find some peace during this difficult time. Jane was such a wonderful person. I always enjoyed being around you both. When I think of her – it reminds me when you and Jane were taking the Lamaze classes. Well – the wife’s did the work but having you both around was fun. Again- my deepest condolences to you on your loss.


  • Lori Zych Ortinau Posted November 12, 2020 8:26 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Read about her passing in the Gross newsletter and was shocked. May time heal your hearts!

  • Kenneth Cramm Posted November 13, 2020 12:31 pm

    What a surprise as I opened the Gross High Alumni Magazine today and saw your picture. I offer prayers for you and your family these 7 months later. My thoughts and flashes of memory go to the time you were quite young and still in grade school. I fondly recall the time you poured a glass of water on my head. We had many wonderful Sunday dinners prepared by your mother. Sitting at your table was a highlight of my week during my high school years. I am a stranger to your family, however I will pray for them to receive God’s mercy as they face earthly life without you.

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