Jane (Rhoades) Anslinger
July 22, 1921 – June 28, 2018
Jane (Rhoades) Anslinger, 96, had her last curtain call on Thursday.
She was born in Columbus, Ohio, daughter of the late Nicholas and Gertrude Marie (Abblichon) Rhoades.
She was a 1939 graduate of North High School, Columbus, Ohio. Jane was a Gae Foster Girl and line captain at the Roxy Theater. She then became a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. She toured the United States, Canada and Europe and performed with many notable actors. As a Rockette, Jane toured Europe with the USO during WWII, entertaining our service men and women. She was given the honorary rank of captain. She met her husband, Edward Howard Anslinger, a major in the U.S. Army, and on Aug. 10, 1946, they were married at St. John’s Church in Lancaster, Ohio.
Surviving are two daughters: Marsha Ross of Columbus, Ohio and Saundra Aubin and her husband, Philipe, of Queensbury, N.Y.; a son; Kent Anslinger and his wife, Karen, of Grove City, Ohio; two granddaughters: Jill Reichert and her husband, Chris, of Columbus, Ohio and Bianca Aubin and her husband, Akram Abu Eata, of Philadelphia; two grandsons: Bryce Ross and his wife, Katy, of Granville, Ohio, and Alex Aubin of Queensbury, N.Y.; her great-grandchildren: Samantha and Matthew Reichert and Sebastian and Estyn Ross; two sisters-in-law: Joann Nelson and her husband, Rod, of Sterling, Va. and Carol Anslinger of Altoona; many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; many friends, including: Vilora Severance, Paul and Emma Kauffman, Joe and Gladys Renicker, Lillian Beswick, Dale Berkhouse and Carol Graney; many more friends and family members too numerous to mention; and her lively cat, Puddy Tat.
In addition to her parents, Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Anslinger; a brother, Larry Rhoades and wife, Dotty; two brothers: Earl and Dean Rhoades; a sister, Cleo Pensyl and husband, Bill; and two brothers-in-law: Bob and Jack Anslinger.
Jane and Eddie attended the Nuremburg Trials in Germany. They lived in Charlotte, N.C., for a time, eventually settling in Columbus, Ohio, where they raised their three children. She was employed by Sears until her retirement, and continued to be active as a U.S. Census taker, polling judge, docent, proctor and teacher of 55 Alive courses. Jane was a member of the Worthy Matron of Triangle Chapter 592, Order of the Eastern Star, District 17, and the Rockette Alumni Association.
She enjoyed traveling both in the U.S. and abroad. She also liked to bird watch, read, play card games, shop, do word searches and watch game shows. She never tired of pulling pranks and joking around. She always had a story to share and was a lively conversationalist. She remained deeply religious throughout her life.
Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home, 515 High St., Worthington, Ohio. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018, at Union Cemetery, 3349 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio.
Donations in Jane’s memory can be made to Southern Adirondack Independent Living, 71 Glenwood Ave., Queensbury, NY 12804 or to the American Red Cross of Central Ohio, 995 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43205.