Remembering Jane Koehler – May 18

Jane Setsu (Middlecoff) Koehler
6/7/1953 – 3/9/2019

Jane was born in Fort Riley Kansas on July 7 1953, the second of three children to John and Tsune Middlecoff. She spent age 2 thru 5 in the Loire Valley of France near the now famous Chenensouix (sp?) Castle while John was working with NATO. The family returned to the DC area in 1957 where John served out the rest of his Army career. Jane grew up attending Mt. Eagle Elementary – next door to the church and was a graduate in the Class of 1972 at Hayfield High School. She took a summer job after graduation with the Navy Department in Crystal City and ended up staying in civil service working for the Navy in the A-7 Program Office Of the Naval Air Systems Command (NavAir).

Jane and Dick first met in NavAir where she was the senior secretary in a Program Office managing aircraft that Dick’s Program Office was going to replace. Jane was the gate keeper, and they chatted while he was waiting. She initially refused to go out with him. He was just another naval aviator putting the moves on a very beautiful Jane.
In January 1984 they got married – the beginning of a 35 year marriage – and moved to Australia where she worked for Sperry. They began their life of traveling, visiting all of Australia, Bali, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo. Upon their return they bought a plane and over the years flew it all over the eastern United States and Canada.
Returning from three years in Australia, Jane went back to work for NavAir, but eventually moved over to the DoD Inspector General’s Office, because Dick was moving up the chain of command in NavAir. She retired in 2008 with 35 years of government service.

Jane loved all cats, some dogs, and birding. Her hobbies included crafting, photography, Facebook, and traveling. She really liked to travel. After Australia she and Dick started regular ocean cruises on Holland America Lines and Viking River Cruises, doing one every three or four years initially and later doing two or three a year. They cruised extensively in Europe, South America and the Antarctic.

In spite of her love of travel, Jane was really a homebody and a frequent volunteer at 186 Fly-Ins at Winchester, the Virginia State Fly-In, and AirVenture at Oshkosh, where she did everything from making sandwiches, to cleaning the grill, to recording all the transactions at the Fly Mart. She love to fly and was a constant companion with Dick on all his travels, from assisting at SportAir Workshops, to attending the Mooney Convention in Texas, to visiting their new home in florida. She logged over 4000 hours in their Mooney.

For 18 years she participated in the American Heart Walk with her sisters, first through June’s employers and then as part of the “Middlecoff Sisters” team. Losing her father, other family members and friends from heart disease and stroke, this was her way of contributing to education and research of heart disease. Jane always had the fattest envelope filled with checks and donations which usually launched the team as a whole into the 3 – 4 thousand dollar standing.

Though life threw her a curve ball, she was up to the task of meeting the challenges of fighting her cancer. She was brave and courageous through it all to her last breath. The quickness of how her illness took her is still a shock but at the same time a blessing in that her pain and suffering was not prolonged. Jane died peacefully at home with all family present on March 9, 2019.

Jane is survived by her husband Richard Koehler, her mother Tsune Middlecoff, her father John preceded her in death, her sisters June (Richard Tornello) Yamayoshi and Joan (Grant) Randall, her niece Kerry (Devin) Cote and two great-nieces Mackenzie and Kendall Cote. Jane is also survived by her brother-in-law Robert (Jan) Koehler and their two children Clay and Madison.

A memorial service for Jane is planned for 1pm Saturday May 18 at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 6120 N. Kings Hwy, Alexandria VA 22303 (about 4 blocks south of Huntington Metro). See “calvarypres.org” for parking info. A reception in the church fellowship hall will follow. Contact Joan Randall jfrandall01@verizon.net or Dick Koehler rkoehle4@verizon.net if you plan to attend so that proper planning can be done.

Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made in Jane’s name to Fisher House, American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, or the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.