Calling Hours:
Monday, March 18, 2019, 2-4pm & 5-7pm
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 9:15am - 10:00am
Loutzenhiser-Randall Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, 416 Liberty St., Jamestown, PA

Mass of Christian Burial:
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 10:30am
St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church
701 Denver St., Jamestown, PA
Rev. V. David Foradori, Pastpr, as celebrant

Burial will be private in Park Lawn Cemetery

Jane Loretta Martin passed peacefully at her Westford, PA home on Thursday afternoon, March 14, 2019 in the care of her loving family.

Jane was one of five daughters and three sons of Charles and Loretta (Schmidt) McElhinny and was born on April 22, 1935 in Homestead, PA. Jane's early childhood years were growing up with many family members in the neighborhood known as the McElhinny plan in Lincoln Place. But her father, and several of his brothers, wanted clean air and a country life for their families and in 1945 Chuck moved them to their farm on Bullis Rd. in Espyville Station, PA.

A big change for a 10 year old girl from catholic school in the city to North Shenango school; living on a dirt road and not being able to see your closest neighbor. Soon she was participating in many school activities and excelled in basketball, volleyball, and cheerleading. The story is that Jane and her sister played together on a championship team as Conneaut Lake Indians when North Shenango High School was closed in her junior year and she went on to graduate from Conneaut Lake. Jane loved to work and spent spare time babysitting and passed her summers working at the Espyville Boat Livery on Pymatuning Lake. She also loved to cook and bake and while still in high school she competed in and won first prize in the Crawford county cherry pie baking contest. She would go on to share her baking talent with family and friends making thousands of wedding and Christmas cookies, pies, cakes, nut rolls, and pizzelles which she shared with everyone. Jane will best be remembered for her baking at the “Lil Bit” restaurant and her famous chicken pies that kept eager customers lined-up out the door and waiting outside. Jane also loved her dogs, gardens, canning, making jam from wild berries she picked, riding her bike, and fishing.

Any neighborhood kid would tell you that Jane was one of the best night crawler pickers to ever hold a flashlight and a coffee can. While still in high school Jane continued her education taking night classes in typing and business at Allegheny College and soon landed her first professional position keeping books at the Niagara Chair Company in Adamsville. Also early in high school, Jane found and would hold on to one of Westford's most eligible, the dashing, and some would say, daring Ronnie Martin. Everyone knew they were destined to be together forever, and on July 27, 1957 Jane and Ronnie pledged their love and became the first couple to be married in the “new” St. Phillips Church in Linesville. In the summer of 2015 they celebrated 58 years together.

Jane would go on to complete her bachelor's degree at Thiel College with a double major in sociology and psychology, all while working in Thiel's library for more than 20 years, starting as a staff assistant and earning her way to the manager of the periodicals department. She held a perfect 4.0 GPA while working full time and keeping her family and household. Jane always said her proudest moment was watching her son Chip graduate from Thiel, and then following him across the same Passavant stage to receive her own diploma all to a standing ovation. Thus becoming the first child and parent in Thiel's history to graduate together. After Thiel, and Friday fish nights at the “Lil Bit”, Jane would go on to another career at Warren General Emergency Clinic in Andover, OH, where her education and experience would continue to serve the surrounding community for more than 20 years and finally retiring home with her Ronnie and Co Co at the age of 78. Jane will be remembered for her quick wit, her helping hands and caring heart, and her wonderful smile. She will be sadly missed by her loving family, lifetime friends, and her Westford community who loved her so very much.

Preceding her in passing where her parents, beloved in-laws, James and Trecea Martin, two sisters, Margaret “Peggy” Pitchford and Charlene “Char” McElhinny, two brothers, Charles “Pete” McElhinny and Terance “Terry” McElhinny, and her Ronnie who passed to wait for her in August of 2015.

Jane is survived by her brother; Doug McElhinny and his wife Merne' of Greenville, two sisters; Donna Pierce of New Castle and Delores Hirschmann and her husband Joe of Espyville, all of her precious nieces and nephews and their familes spread around the world which she always kept in her heart, and her only son Ronald “Chip” Martin and his wife Shawn (Gilliland) of Westford.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael School, 80 N. High St., Greenville, PA 16125.



  1. Kim & Tom Hyde Kim & Tom Hyde
    March 16, 2019    

    So Very sorry for your loss

  2. Greg & Pam Brown Greg & Pam Brown
    March 16, 2019    

    Dear Chip, Greg & I are sending our sincerest sympathies to you & all who So greatly loved your mom. She had the kindest smile & always seemed to genuinely care for each person she came in contact with.

  3. Bob and Edwina Payne and Danny Bob and Edwina Payne and Danny
    March 16, 2019    

    Such a sweet and caring lady-so kind to our special needs son both at the restaurant and at the hospital.

  4. Brenda Mcclimans Mccann Brenda Mcclimans Mccann
    March 16, 2019    

    Chip, I am sending you healing thoughts and prayers for the loss of your mother. Having just lost my mother in December I know what a difficult time this is. Heaven gained another angel.

  5. Jim Straub Jim Straub
    March 16, 2019    

    I will always remember Mrs. Martin from much time spent in Thiel’s library; what a fine, light-hearted lady! I am sorry for the losses of both her and her Chip; God’s speed to you all!

  6. Jim Straub Jim Straub
    March 16, 2019    

    Mrs. Martin will be remembered with the fondest of memories as a witty, light-hearted, and helpful lady at Thiel’s library. God’s speed to Chip and family, may she rest in peace!

  7. Kathy Schuller Kathy Schuller
    March 16, 2019    

    Deepest sympathy. I worked with Jane at the Andover er. We were among the last original crew hired together. I retired in 2017. She made the best rice pudding. You could tell when Jane was in the building by her hearty laugh.

  8. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 17, 2019    

    sorry for your loss , I remember her as a fine lady , very nice person .
    Hugs to the family ,

  9. Laura Stumpff Laura Stumpff
    March 17, 2019    

    Chip, what a wonderful Mom you had. Always smiling, always joyful, so easy to talk to. Heaven has another angel, and she’s now with your Dad.

  10. Janet Janet
    March 17, 2019    

    Sending my thoughts and love, Chip. Your mum was a special lady. ❤️

  11. Karen Anderson Karen Anderson
    March 18, 2019    

    May the Lord surround you with peace and comfort.

  12. Susan Bennett Susan Bennett
    March 18, 2019    

    Chip, love, hugs and prayers for you and Shawn. Your Mom was such a sweet and great person! You are so blessed to have had such wonderful , loving parents. May God’s love comfort you at this sad time!

  13. Cindy Hall (Dancik) Cindy Hall (Dancik)
    March 18, 2019    

    Hey Chipper. . The love you have for your Mom is always going to be in your heart and you’ll feel her presence in your life. My Dad’s been gone for years, but I think of him with a smile everyday, on sad days and beautiful sunny days alike. I hope you and your loved ones find comfort in this difficult time.

  14. Roberta Alexander Roberta Alexander
    March 18, 2019    

    To Jane’s Family. I really enjoyed the video. What a nice remembrance. Dolores and Joe, I was hoping to get to the Funeral Home but couldn’t. My sympathy to you. I know you and Jane were very close not only in age but very close sisters.

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