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Jane Chan Obituary

Jane Louie nee Chan
Jane Louie nee Chan

December 2, 1928 - April 7, 2017
Born in Guangdong, China
Resided in Salinas ~ San Francisco, CA
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Jane Louie nee Chan, 88, of Salinas and San Francisco passed away peacefully after an illness Friday, April 7, 2017. The daughter of Lam Tye Chan and the sister of John Chan, Jane was born December 2, 1928 in Guangdong, China, and grew up during tumultuous times.

After surviving WWII, the beautiful, 18-year-old Jane knocked Jackson Louie, an American GI, off his feet when the two first met in 1946. Louie, originally from Toisan, China, was an army combat engineer who worked on the Ledo-Burma Road. Jane and Jackson soon married and Jane immigrated to the US as a war bride, after the Chinese Exclusion Act was repealed. The couple eventually settled in Salinas where Jane worked peeling green onions in Castroville and in fruit packing in Salinas. Jane taught for many years at the Chinese school located at the Salinas Confucian Church. Jane and Jackson launched Louie's Chinese Restaurant at 473 East Market Street in 1958. On top of running the restaurant and raising five children, Jane operated a gift shop at Louie's, volunteered at the Chinese American Citizen's Association, and later in life, belonged to the Salinas Chinese Senior Club.

After Jackson's passing in 1993, Jane moved to San Francisco to be closer to her children. An avid knitter, craftswoman and karaoke singer, she was a patient teacher. She was also an amazing seamstress and shrewd hearts player. She ran her home like a community recreation center, complete with tables to play mahjong and large woks for whipping up tasty dishes for friends. Feisty and fun-loving, she will be sorely missed by her children, Adna, Belser, Belvin, Benny and Lonny and their partners, Stephen, Wen-Ying, Miriam, Helen and Leimomi. Generous and kind, she will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren Nguyen, Anjelle, Taolo, Meave, Lung San, Michelle, Michael, Lance and Lana and their partners David, Michael, Jessica, Aron, Brianne and Jonathan. Her great-grandchildren, Jackson, Jacen, Lazlo, Scarlet Jane, Bradleigh, and Siena can look forward to Grandma Jane and Grandpa Jackson stories for many years to come.

Memorial Services for Friends and family of Jane are invited to attend a gathering in her honor at Noon on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA, 93901.

Inurnment will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA. 93901.

Donations: In lieu of any cash donations, you may send flowers, or donation can be made to Salinas Chinese Seniors Club.




Memorial Service
Struve and Laporte Chapel
41 West San Luis Street
Salinas, CA US 93901
Sunday, April 30, 2017
12:00 PM
Garden of Memories Cemetery
850 Abbott ST
Salinas, CA US 93901
Sunday, April 30, 2017


Salinas Chinese Senior Club