Jane Palmbach Gibbons

June 1, 1954 - Oct. 13, 2006

Jane Palmbach Gibbons, 52, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2006, at Cherry Meadows Hospice Center in Appleton. Jane was born June 1, 1954, in Appleton to Clement and Myrtle Palmbach.

She graduated from Hilbert High School in 1972 and went on to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she earned a bachelorís degree in political science. On Sept. 5, 1993, she married Gregory Gibbons, and they shared 13 wonderful years. She was a former employee at Zwicker Knitting Mills, and at the time of her death, she was the Wisconsin state director of UNITE HERE. Jane was a lifelong advocate and tireless laborer for workerís rights and human rights. Her lifeís work was her calling and a labor of love.

She will be sadly missed by her husband, Gregory; mother, Myrtle Palmbach; and brothers, John (Tara) Palmbach and James (Linda) Palmbach. She was the beloved aunt of nieces and nephews, John, Jo Lynn, Andrew, Kate and Mark Palmbach. She had two step-daughters, Laura Gibbons and Jenny (Doug) Ellis; step-grandchildren, Megan and Christopher (Jackie) Ellis and their son, Dylan.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clement, and her grandparents.

Funeral services for Jane will be held Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, at 1 p.m. at the Wichmann Funeral Home, 537 North Superior St., Appleton, with the Rev. Tom L. Fritz officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home today, Oct. 16, from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and again Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials in Janeís name may be made to the hospice organization of your choice or to an organ donation organization.

Wichmann Funeral Home in Appleton is serving the family. For more information, call the funeral home at (920) 739-1231 or visit www.wichmannfuneralhomes.com.