YOLO COUNTY NEWS

Obituaries

Hazel Jane Sprock

By February 22, 2011

May 31, 1922 — Dec. 2, 2010

Hazel Jane (Sprague) Sprock, born May 31, 1922, passed away on Dec. 2, 2010, in San Jose. Her husband of 68 years, Merle was by her side. She is survived by her husband Merle; her sons, Dale, Brian and Vance; her daughter Merlene; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Known as “Janie,” she was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa. After graduating from North High School in Des Moines in 1940, she moved immediately to Sacramento to be with her brother Frank. While attending Sacramento Junior College, she met Merle and they were married in June of 1943. While Merle served in the Air Corps, she worked for the state of California. Their first son was born in 1948 and she became a full-time mother and homemaker. They lived in the Sacramento area and moved to Davis in1963

Merle and Janie launched their homemade sailboat, the “Lady Jane,” and set sail from San Francisco Bay in 1976. They visited coastal cities and islands in Central America and the Caribbean over the next 10 years while living aboard the “Lady Jane.” Both Merle and Janie loved being on or near the sea, having both learned to scuba dive and explore the undersea world starting in the 1960s. Their book, “The Adventures of the Lady Jane,” was published in 1993.

In 1988, they sold the Lady Jane and moved to Auburn. Merle and Janie continued to take more adventures, including a cross-country trip in 1995 to visit friends and family in Florida and New England. They also travelled to Europe to search out more relatives and visit friends. They moved to Cupertino in 2006.

Janie was an active member of the General Society of the Mayflower Descendants and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She lived a full and rich life and enjoyed spending time with her family, crocheting, knitting and numerous art projects.

A life celebration for Janie will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Pioneer United Methodist Church, 1338 Lincoln Way, in Auburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to a charity of your choice.

Enterprise staff

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