January 24, 1940 – June 30, 2014
Widely known in her Beaverdale neighborhood as the fastest & most-dedicated walker in Des Moines, Jane Ellen Duffy, age 74, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 30, 2014, while visiting with family in San Diego, CA.
A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Jane spent her life loving and caring for her family and many friends. She was a graduate of St. Joseph Academy, Des Moines, and of Duchesne College of the Sacred Heart in Omaha, NE. A member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church for over 35 years, she worked tirelessly in support of her parish serving on the Eucharistic Ministry Team and the Worship & Spirituality Committee as well as assisting with special church projects.
She will be remembered warmly for giving encouragement, understanding and a listening ear to family, friends and others in need. Her generosity continued even at the end of her earthly life when her wish to be an organ donor was fulfilled.
Jane was the daughter of the late Paul and Vera Farley and sister of the late Patrick J. Farley. She is survived by her husband, James E. Duffy; two sons, Brian (Nancy) Duffy of Seattle, WA and Brice (Nadine Lujan) Duffy of Minneapolis, MN; three grandchildren, Bridget, Maggie and Jack Duffy of Seattle; one brother, John Farley of Huntsville, AL; and three sisters, Kate Haluska of Omaha, NE, Mary Gramling of Atlanta, GA and Jill (Roger) Brosnahan of San Miguel de Allende, Gto, Mexico. Other surviving family members include her brothers-in-law, Thomas (Jane) Duffy of Minneapolis and Michael (Chick) Duffy of Des Moines; two honorary grandsons, Caleb and Nate Rea of Des Moines; and 28 nieces and nephews.
Family will receive visitors from 4 to 6 p.m. with a prayer service following on Friday, July 25, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2926 Beaver Avenue, in Des Moines. The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at Holy Trinity. At the conclusion of Mass, a reception will be held at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church Hall, located at 4600 Meredith Drive, in Des Moines.
In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested that any memorial contributions be made in Jane’s memory to Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
ARRANGEMENTS BY ILES WESTOVER CHAPEL.Information provided by: Iles Funeral Homes Westover Chapel 6337 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322 www.ilesfuneralhomes.com