Jane Burdette, 46, kindergarten teacher

December 11, 2003

Jane Burdette, a kindergarten teacher who had been a faculty member at Sacred Heart Parochial School in Glyndon, died of breast cancer Saturday at her Pasadena home. She was 46.

Born Jane Staehlin in Baltimore, she was raised in Ednor Gardens. She was a 1975 graduate of Roland Park Country School and earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1979 from the University of Michigan.

She began her career teaching special education students in 1979 in Carroll County public schools. The former New Windsor resident left teaching for a decade to raise her children.

In 1991, she joined the faculty of Early Years Learning Center in Eldersburg, and since 1994 had taught kindergarten pupils at Sacred Heart. She stopped teaching this year because of failing health.

"In 1998, the Knights of Columbus presented her with their Catholic School Teacher of the Year Award," said her husband of 24 years, Jay Burdette, a physical therapist.

Mrs. Burdette enjoyed arts and crafts, reading and watching sports.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, on Sacred Heart Lane in Glyndon, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Mrs. Burdette also is survived by a son, Robert Burdette of Pasadena; two daughters, Jen Burdette and Kim Burdette, both of Pasadena; her parents, John and Mary Lou Staehlin of Lutherville; and a sister, Debbie Waterman of Eldersburg.

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