Jane Schweizer Fairchild

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Jane Schweizer
Jane Schweizer

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Jane Schweizer

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Jane Schweizer

Yearbook

Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: NORMAL, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: Mark Fairchild
Occupation: Retired and was a Domestic (Household) Engineer
Children: Our God given son, the Lord placed into our life, Emad, whom immigrated LEGALLY from Egypt at the age More…of 18 years old, leaving behind his entire family and culture, and he now lives with us.... He is a Coptic Christian from Egypt
My son became a USA Citizen on March 15, 2013. I am beyond PROUD of my son.
Which Grade School and Jr. High did you attend

Edwards Grade School, Bloomington Junior High School

Places where you have lived

Bloomington, IL; Dallas Texas; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Minneapolis Minnesota, Albuquerque, New Mexico (over 15 years); and Normal, Illinois.

Comments:

MY LIFE STORY
I am grateful and thankful to have known many valuable people in life from BHS. I regret NOT being the best of students and taking advantage of life itself rather than embracing life to its fullest those many years ago.
Time on this earth is that of VAPOR, here today, gone tomorrow.

When we are young, we oftentimes would say 'Are we there yet', as we became anxious on a family driven trip during the summer months.

Today, I will say 'Stop, I already reached there, but NOW it is time to embrace, and enjoy the here and now of today before it too is gone'

My greatest accomplishment in life was not an accomplishment of what I did, but was embracing Jesus as my Lord on an empty Sunday School bus on Sunday, October 9, 1977 and the 2nd best accomplishment was marrying the most precious treasured man in all this world, my husband, Mark Fairchild - as he became my true god-given 'knight in shining armor'...

My first job where I earned money was when I was 12, 13, 14 years old and I picked apples at the Bricklebaul Apple Farm - west of Bloomington for the harvest season. My Dad would drop me off at 6:00 am. We would gather together on the horse drawn wagon as they would take us all out to those apple orchard fields. I worked alongside of the Migrant workers. Hard sweaty dirty work, but I managed to always have fun. We then would climb on that horse drawn wagon in those fields and go back at sundown.

At the age of 15, 1 block from where I lived, I was hired at Williams Bakery, opening the Bakery at 6:00 am, leaving at 9:00 am, running home, changing clothes, and off to BHS at 10:00 am. At age 17, I was hired on at Beich's Candy on West Front Street, first in their mailroom, and then in their data / computer Department.

I was taught through my Poppa to always work hard, giving an extra mile, with a smile on my face, being grateful, and to be 'happy' for the blessings that surrounded me.


I grew up on West Monroe Street throughout those years. Bloomington City purchased my home and it was torn down March 1997. My brother is Paul Schweizer. We have a close relationship and value the time we have together.

My father, whom I adored, Herman Schweizer, he worked at Western Union as a Lineman all those many 45 years. His office was in the attic in the old GM&O Railroad station. I remember climbing up those steep attic stairs and in his office (which was cold and dark), he had his wall covered with my drawings that I gave him. I loved him so much . I was very much a Daddy's girl.
My mother passed away July 1992. My father passed away May 2004.

Growing up our needs were always met, food, clothing, warm home, clean sheets (always); clean in our home (my mother took pride in 'clean'), and my Poppa use to always make sure that my feet were fitted to the best shoes at that time which were Buster Brown Shoes.

I went through many things growing up, not worth sharing the details. I live life in TODAY and my life is good, surrounded by blessings, and I choose to be 'HAPPY' in today...

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I married the love of my heart and life. His name is Mark. We now have been married since February 18, 1978.
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Mark, my most trusted friend and husband, showed me true, trusting, genuine love.... the kind of love that looks for the best in you as a person and God's Word says that the husband is to love the wife as Christ loved the CHURCH and gave Himself up for her... (Ephesians 5:25) This is the kind of love Mark has given to me in our many years of marriage...

If you know about Fairchild Hall on the Illinois State University campus - this is Mark's great Uncle (brother to his Grandfather). Mark came from a very solid family line in education. The first female physician in America was a woman named Elizabeth Blackwell. This is Mark's family line. His Grandmother grew upon on Blackwell Island in (Astoria), New York City (now known as Roosevelt Island) and her name was Sarah Blackwell Fairchild.

The Wolford and Blackwell Family immigrated from Paris France and England. The Fairchild Family immigrated from England.


During my school years, I was not a good student at all. Something I deeply regret.

God changed my heart.

My best of friends those years were Jack Richard White (BHS 1970); Mary Lake Smith; Michelle Kuhn; Ruby Bryant, Julie Casali (such a sweetheart); Ruth Bachman Haney; Donna Monkman, Nancy Render Semingson

Thanks for giving me a chance. I regret not getting to know more classmates at BHS in those early years of life.

I really do love you all... and thank you for being my classmates...

Since being married to Mark since February 18, 1978, we have had a great marriage and friendship. We have been involved with many things throughout these years.

We both attended and graduated from Christ for the Nations Bible College, Dallas, Texas.

We also moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, in which Mark received his MA Degree in Communications.

I gained full time employment at Regent University Law Library connected to the School of Law at Regent University (700 Club / CBN) where Mark was obtaining his MA degree. I also worked part-time at a Law Firm. Also working a 3rd job at Regent when they had special events.

During our time at Regent University, I became very involved with being a Prayer Partner on Friday evenings. When people around the world will call the 700 Club Prayer line to have prayer. This was an honor for me.

We ended up at Albuquerque Rescue Mission (New Mexico) as Mark became the Executive Director. We were in Albuquerque from 1989-2005. I worked alongside of Mark, mainly as a volunteer, during this entire time in Albuquerque.

We often served over 600 homeless people daily.

We also expanded the work in this ministry and purchased a warehouse building next door. To accomplish this it cost 1.7 million to renovate this building. We had shared with the Board of Directors that before we ever left this area, our goal was to have this debt completely paid in full. Within 7 years time we accomplished that goal.

Now many years later, my life is becoming shorter as the years pass by us.
God's word is written: James 4:14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

We possibly have up to 80 years on this earth. What matters is our ETERNITY... The moment one is born, we come from the clay/dust and to the clay/dust we go back to becoming... but what will become our ETERNITY after life on this earth. For me personally, I know one thousand percent for my ETERNITY is in the hands of my Lord Jesus Christ... as I became 'BORN-AGAIN' as 'IT IS WRITTEN' in John Chapter 3 of the bible. The perishable becoming imperishable. The mortal becoming immortal...
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Proverbs 3:5-6 (by memory) Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding or knowing but ACKNOWLEDGE GOD in all you do or plan and HE will direct your path.
God is faithful to those who listen to HIS VOICE, obey HIS VOICE, and are CALLED of GOD... (Such as Abraham, Moses, David, Ruth, and 12 Disciples, as they listened, they obeyed, and they followed)...

I choose to LIVE and I choose to be HAPPY in today.

School Story:

I remember the 60's and 70's of high school.

Reflections of Vietnam War of which my brother spent 2 years in Saigon during this war.

Bob Dylan music, Michael Jackson when he first came out, Beach Boys, Mamas and Poppas, Janis Joplin, The Monkees (I had such a crush on Micky Dolenz), Paul Revere and the Raiders, and one of my favorites 'Moody Blues', and may we not forget TINY TIM singing Tip Toe through the Tulips....

Also flower children, Hippie Generation, mini skirts, paper dresses, blue jeans - as my senior year I had two pair of blue jeans and a brown Indian fringe leather jacket, and a huge brown suede purse with fringe, that I wore daily... and saying things like 'Peace and Love and GROOVY'.

And remembering the most of precious friends such as Peter Habich (who use to live across the street from me) sadly though Peter committed suicide in 1997 in Chicago, IL; Julie Casali, Connie Curry, Terry and Debbie (McLean) Shelton, Nancy Render Semingson, Pam Bittner, Larry Webb, Joanne McDaniels, Jill Fitzsmmons, Donna Fitzgerald, Larry Wright, Larry Webb, Roger Brockway, Donna Monkman, Ruth Haney Bachman, Mary Lake Smith, and remembering my boyfriend during my junior / senior year, Jack Richard White, and the list goes on and on in remembering these special friends of life.

Jack Richard White (class of 1970), gave me hope as a young teenager. He treated me with respect and I will always be grateful for this. His mother and father hired me at their own Grandpa's Grill in Leroy Illinois the summer of 1970. They would pick me up in the early morning and take me home late at night. One of the BEST SUMMERS of my young life at that time. Richard gave me hope that their truly are kind people. Jack joined the Air Force and became career Air Force. He married his sweetheart in the Philippines. I shall always be indebted to Jack, for he encouraged a young girl (myself) to become better in life.

It is good to remember those whom were friends whom inspired me in life (as mentioned above)....

I shall always be grateful for these friends in life.

When I was a senior in high school, my most favorite teacher, Mr. Charles Ridenour. During this time, I worked part-time at Beichs Candy.

VAPOR that is never to be again but all precious MEMORIES of time...
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Thank you for the friendships during those years at Bloomington High School.

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May 24, 2022 at 4:33 AM
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May 03, 2022 at 6:35 PM

Robin, I am thankful that Linda and your remained friends in life.  You truly are such a sweet person Robin.  
Thank you for sharing.  My heart is crying tears for within one week, after Linda and now Anne Charback - I also have lost two other family friends that have known me since a child.  Making me to become overwhelmed in my heart.  Thank you being such a wonderful friend to Linda and to so many.  You are such a beautiful sweet person.

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May 01, 2022 at 3:13 PM
May 01, 2022 at 2:03 PM

Linda Lou Westerfield

Aug. 13, 1953 - April 25, 2022

NORMAL - Linda Lou (Garrels) Westerfield, 68, of Normal, passed away at 10:28 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2022, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Her memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Linda was born in Bloomington on August 13, 1953, a daughter to Vernon and Joan (Shaffer) Garrels. She met Robert "Bob" Westerfield at his brother's birthday party, and although it took him a while, he asked her to marry him and they wed on October 16, 1976, at Trinity Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on December 20, 2020. Bob and Linda's cremains will be scattered together in Missouri.

Linda graduated with the Class of 1971, from Bloomington High School and from the Barnes Hospital School of Nursing in St. Loving. She worked for thirty-seven years as a nurse in the Bloomington area. She volunteered for the American Red Cross and also the Illinois National Guard Family Program. Linda was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her son, Jason Westerfield; and many cousins.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant twins, Michael Joseph and Carrie Marie, and sister, Nellie.

Online condolences and memories of Linda may be left for her family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.
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https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/pantagraph/name/linda-westerfield-obituary?id=34555098

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Mar 22, 2022 at 12:07 PM

Beautiful pictures John. Mark and I resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1989-2005 and then came back to this area of 'Normal' (Personally, not fond of this area at all but so-be-it.). We always attended the October Hot Air Balloons festival in Albuquerque. Blessings to you.

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Posted on: Feb 10, 2022 at 4:01 PM

Proud of you Don for serving in our USA Air Force. You and Monica have always been true inspirations for us at BHS. Blessings from our Lord sent your way. Thank you.
Most within my own family were in USA Military... and today my nephew and his wife serve as Police Officers - He is the Director over the Juvenile Delinquent Department for probation. Those in which I greatly honor and 'SALUTE'

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Sep 26, 2021 at 3:05 AM

My precious valuable friend in life, Cathleen. You and Chris are valuable to my heart. Thank you for sitting with Mark and I at the Class Reunion dinner. You always have protected my back Cathleen. You lift me up always. Thank you.

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Sep 13, 2021 at 7:41 AM

Jane—Thank you for sharing your amazing story of courage in the face of great adversity and your tremendous triumph with the support of family and your strong faith. You are truly an inspiration to all of us and a great credit to our class. I will not be attending the Reunion, either, but am so glad you shared your story this way so that we could all appreciate the many things you have accomplished and the countless people whose lives you’ve touched.

Aug 03, 2021 at 6:42 PM

Carolee, it did not surprise me that you went into the Mental Health field, as you were so caring about others even in High School. You look so good. Blessings to you Carolee.

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Jul 30, 2021 at 1:56 PM

Oh Linda, I read your story and you are so precious in soul and in heart. Thank you. Most of my family on my Poppa's side are homegrown FARMERS in Iowa. I use to spend summer month's on my Aunt Clara's farm. The days when kids as myself at 12, 13, 14 years old would detassale corn, walk beans, harvest wheat, and then month of October I always worked the Brickelbaw Apple Farm Ochards near Danvers, making $0.13 bushel picked. Sun up to Sun down. After those days, I would shower, eat dinner, turn on the fan and go to bed.
I am so sorry for your health issues. I too have had ill health since 2016. Loss of blood, had to go to Cancer Center (Vernon) one time a week from 2016 until close of 2019. Would hook me up at 9:00 am and I was the last patient leaving in the evening. I understand the challenge. Drew me closer to the comfort of Jesus Christ and reading of HIS living breathing WORD...
You were always such a gentle, kind, peaceful person in High School and this remains with you.
Many blessings your way Linda.

Jun 19, 2021 at 2:50 PM

Debbie,
What a blessing you have always been and remain being. Thankful for you, your husband, and your family.
Your life is a reflection of a a life that is loyal, committed, trustworthy, stable and secure. And this is such a blessing to have achieved in life.

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Posted on: Jun 02, 2021 at 4:02 PM

Cathleen, Thank you for the sweet birthday wish, but in my current age, I don't remind myself (Please laugh).
Do you plan to attend the High School Reunion this year?
I am considering signing up as feel it will be the last opportunity to possibly see 'OLD' FRIENDS from long ago and enjoy the memories.
I am trying to find out if some other of my friends from those times are attending. I have asked a few

May 24, 2021 at 4:33 AM
Apr 17, 2021 at 6:05 PM

Julie, you and I grew up together as we attended the old Edwards Grade School. You were such a sweetheart. I so much loved you, and your family (Mom and Dad). I am so sorry for your loss of your beloved husband and friend, 'Chuck'. My tears fall for you in sorrow for this loss. Part of your own heart. I know without a doubt, being that you Julie was always such a sweetheart in life, that 'Chuck' was the same.
May our Lord Jesus bring you comfort during this difficult time from someone whom you were joined together in marriage for 43 wonderful years. I am so very sorry.

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Mar 11, 2021 at 1:17 PM

I grew up with Nona.  We got to know each other from Kindergarten at Edwards School class throughout High School.  She had a kind heart.  I remember her also knowing how to laugh and making others laugh.  I am thankful for our paths in life to have crossed.  I never want someone to pass on and not be remembered.   For every human being on this earth is valuable and that of a treasure to know.  I am so thankful that I had that privilege of getting to know Nona and we knew each other by name and friendship in the neighborhood.  

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Mar 05, 2021 at 4:02 PM

My heart is so sad today upon learning of Becky's death.  Becky sat always directly behind me throughout Bloomington Junior High School and Bloomington High School.  She was a wonderful, gentle, precious, sweet soul.  She was a treasure for me those years.  I loved her so very much.  My only regret is that after not living in the Bloomington area for years, but then returning to this area in 2005 - that I did NOT take the time to connect to people in life that I always regarded as treasures to know on this earth.  I know without a doubt that Becky and I would have 'hit' it off in life.  This has made my heart sad knowing that a treasure in my life has passed away.  I am honored to have been connected long ago to such a valuable treasure on this earth named 'Becky'.  

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Posted on: Feb 02, 2021 at 5:48 PM

Precious Mischele
You were and continue always being one of my most 'favorite' people to have ever known or become 'friends' with in life itself.
I will always value and treasure you.
Remember the moments of time when I would stay over-night with you as your brother, Matt, would give us a hard time.
Loved your mother 'Lottie'... she was such a sweetheart. Miss her today.
A great desire of my heart is that I get to visit with you once again. I hope in time this can take place as I would love to 'hug' you tight as a valuable friend and treasure from within my life.
Please contact me Mischele. You have always been inside my heart.
A friend for a lifetime.
PS Mark and I will be married 43 years this month, February 2021. I love being married to him. He has been a steady anchor for me in life. We are best friends in life and never go without the other alongside. Mark and his shadow Jane...
Love you Mischele - always have, always will.

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My God given son - Emad and dog Sparky
taken March 2017 - Emad immigrated legally to USA at age of 18 years old from Egypt. 2013 He became a USA citizen and also Egypt citizen. Today he is gaining his degree in Cyber Security.
He became our God-given son in life. Has been part of our family since 2008.
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Sparky - we were blessed with our Sparky boy in May 2016 from the Humane Society. He is 1/2 whippet and so much fun.
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Mark and Jane Fairchild
A love built upon Jesus Christ
Married February 18, 1978 - 'Together FOREVER'