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Remember Jayne

Young Jayne by river

Jayne Soppe Swift

Jayne Soppe was born on Feb. 12, 1960 in Manchester, IA. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from West Delaware High School in 1978.

She attended Loras College and graduated in 1982. In 1983, she married Mark Swift. In 1985, Jayne and Mark moved to Marengo and purchased Brown’s Hardware store.

Jayne held teaching jobs at St. Matthew’s in Cedar Rapids and BGM before coming to Iowa Valley in 1987. She began as a reading teacher at Iowa Valley and then accepted the media specialist position.

Jayne and Mark are the proud parents of 4 children: Sarah, Michelle, Jacob, and Matt. She was also the religious education director for St. Patrick’s Church in Marengo.

Jayne was diagnosed with breast cancer about 5 years before her death. She battled cancer courageously, undergoing surgeries and a bone marrow transplant, until her death on April 27, 2001 at age 41.