Jane Braucher Fugate, a Pueblo resident since 1985, lost her long and courageous battle with cancer on October 20, 2003. She was born in Wichita, Kansas, October 1, 1938, to the union of Justus and Josephine 'Jack' Fugate, and was preceded in death by her father. Surviving to cherish her memory are her beloved mother and best friend, Josephine 'Jack' Fugate; her loving husband, Gilbert A. Sanchez; sons, Joseph (Danielle) Sieverling of Arlington, VA and David (Jenny) Sieverling of Denver, CO; brothers, Brauch (Judy) Fugate of Lexington, KY and Justus Fugate of Wichita, KS; stepchildren, Valerie (Patrick Amaku) Sanchez of Plano, TX, Mark Sanchez (Steve Perkins) of Beverly Hills, CA, and Ronald (Janis Bottai) Sanchez, Alan Sanchez, and Ericka Sanchez, all of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren, Taylor Jane Sieverling, Raymond Sanchez, Gabrielle and Dylan Sanchez, Margaret and Patricia Amaku, and Tiare Barrett; nieces, Christine (Jeff Jacobs) Fugate of Los Angeles, CA, Mary Ann Fugate of Lexington, KY; nephew, Kenneth (Nancy) Fugate of Wichita, KS; grandnephews, Alexander and Benjamin Fugate; and grandnieces, Caterina Alida, and Sara Jeanne Jacobs. Jane was enrolled at Colorado College in Colorado Springs at the age of 16, transferring later to the University of Kansas, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in mathematics. She then went on to the University of Missouri in Kansas City to receive her Master's degree in Public Administration. At the young age of 56, she received her Bachelor's degree in nursing from Beth El College of nursing and was valedictorian of her class. Jane had several interesting and gratifying career experiences. In Kansas City, she worked for the US Corp of Engineers, and was a fundraiser for a non-profit adolescent agency. In Pueblo, she provided public relations services for Pueblo Peak Health, served as Director of the Pueblo Agency on Aging, worked as a nurse at La Junta General Hospital, and also as a nurse at Sangre De Cristo Hospice. Before becoming ill, she held a nursing position at the San Carlos Correction Facility. Jane pursued a variety of interests during her life. Her interest in penal reform issues led the Governor of Kansas to appoint her to a blue ribbon committee which recommended reforms to the Kansas Penal System. She was subsequently elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. As a result of her interest in mental health, she served as President of the Kansas City Mental Health Association and as Chairperson of the Wyandotte County (Kansas) Mental Health Center Board of Directors. Her interest and active participation in mental health issues led to her election to the Board of Directors of the National Council of Community Health Centers. Her interest in women's issues directed her to serve in leadership positions with the League of Women Voters in Kansas City and to become co-founder of Women's Spirit in Pueblo. She also founded the Watering Hole, a women's discussion group in Pueblo, modeled after a similar group to which she belonged in Kansas City. In 2003, Jane was honored in the Wichita State University Plaza of Heroines for her kindness, courage and commitment to women's issues. To complement her many achievements, Jane was also very adventurous and undertook challenges that others just dreamed about. She rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, went kayaking in the Pacific Ocean near the Washington coast, and began roller-blading and bicycling at the age of 47. She also enjoyed dancing and all of the performing arts. At the time of her death, she served as Vice President of the Pueblo Symphony Board of Directors. Additionally, Jane enjoyed foreign travel, and visited many western and eastern European countries and Canada. She was an avid reader and a serious student of the American Civil War and English History. Of all her qualities, Jane will be best remembered for her kindness, optimism, courage, and the love she shared with all who knew her. Her talent, commitment, and wisdom have been an inspiration to those who were fortunate to have known her. She valued life, treasured her many friendships and her greatest passion was her love for her family; but her greatest pride and joy were her grandchildren whom she adored. She is already missed by all who loved her. The family will receive friends at Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colorado, Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, October 24, 2003, at Central Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 1902 Hudson, in Pueblo, Colorado. Services in Wichita, Kansas: Interment, 12 noon Monday, October 27, 2003, at Old Mission Cemetery, followed by a memorial service 2 p.m. at Hillside Christian Church. In lieu of flowers she requested that donations be made to: Sangre De Cristo Hospice or to The Pueblo Symphony Association, c/o Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, P O Box 777, Pueblo, CO 81002

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  1. To Gil and all Jane’s Family,
    Jane has been gone almost two months yet I feel as if I were with her only yesterday. I drive by her street and want to turn in and say hello, bring her some more books on tape, laugh at my silly puppy and just talk. Jane was a very dear friend and I miss her very much. I know you do, too. Sending you my sincere condolences.
    Love,
    Marilyn Weinhouse

  2. Jane’s mother, Josephine, is a dearly loved friend of mine. The many beautiful qualities of mind, spirit and heart used to describe Jane are those of her mother. My heart sends love to Jo and to all those who cherished her daughter.

    Kathe Thompson

  3. We are sorry you had to suffer. You were a kind and gentle woman and had so much to offer to your famliy and to others. You are missed.

  4. I didn’t really know her. But I remember going to family gatherings and her being there and how nice she was. <3

  5. I had the pleasure of knowing Jane through my brother in law Ron. As Gilbert and Jane would travel to Tucson to share Christmas with the family, Valerie and her family would travel from Dallas to Tuscon. I had the pleasure of spending many wonderful holidays with them and be part of the Christmas plays that Raymond and Gabrielle “wrote”. She was a warm and loving woman. She was quite ill the last time I saw her. Although short of breath and uncomfortable, she was strong and never complained. Rest in Peace Jane.

  6. Jane – your memory is priceless as is your kindness and thoughtful personna. What a kind and loving person and I appreciate knowing and being associated with your life.

  7. Gil,
    Although I couldn’t be there for Janes’ services, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family. I am so thankful to have met and spent time with Jane and will remember her fondly. Thank you for making me a part of your family. Take care of yourself. I look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

    Sincerely,

    Vince

  8. Since high school, Jane has been my very good friend. I will miss her. Her family has my deepest sympathy

  9. Dear family,
    My heart is heavy as I miss Jane already. I will cherish all of my memories of her, all the conversations we’ve had, the Christmases we’ve shared, the ‘girls only’ luncheons…I will always admire her strength, intelligence, grace and courage. Peace and love, Janis

  10. Gil,

    I treasure the many memories I have of Jane’s warmth and love.

    My sincerest sympathies on your loss, which is a loss also to all of us.

    Stephanie

  11. To all of Jane’s wonderful family I am sending support and caring. We will miss her. As one of her many friends I can say her life leaves us with many memories of warmth, kindness and courage. Sue

  12. Joe- My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time. It was truly inspiring reading about your Mom’s life. She truly is an amazing woman. Take comfort in knowing that she is still with you in mind and spirit everyday.

  13. Bern Heath & Staff of Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center offer their sincere condolences to Gil Sanchez and all of Jane’s family.

  14. My sympathies to the entire family.
    Joe your mom was wonderful. I never met her and I feel a loss in my heart.

    Frank Maffa

  15. To Joseph Sieverling and Family….

    With God’s help we grow stronger, our tears becomes stars shinning brightly as rememberance of happy times carry us through our journey. Stay Strong…She was strong…All is well.

    Geneva Green

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