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Martha Jane Busch

  • On December 28, 2019
  • 15 Comments

Martha Jane Busch, age 84 of Allegheny County passed away on Friday, December 27, 2019. Born on September 30, 1935, she was the daughter of Virginia Jean and John Frederick Busch. She is survived by her sons Ken Klages of Largo, FL and Scott Klages of Yorba Linda, CA and three granddaughters.

Jane was always interested in art and music. She enjoyed square dancing, painting, and was a president of the Fox Chapel Area Women’s Club. She joined the Sweet Adelines where she sang soprano, and sang in the choir at Memorial Park church for 10 years and more recently at the Ingomar Methodist Church where she sang into her 80’s.

Having had fibromyalgia for many years, Jane started a support group for those afflicted with the condition. When Jane noticed that someone needed help, she always offered a hand. Even in her 80’s, she helped those women who suffered with Alzheimer’s disease. Jane will be deeply missed by all.

At age 79, Jane moved to Cumberland Woods Village where she enjoyed new friendships and the company of her dear little Westie, Ty.

At the family’s request, all services will be held privately. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 5405 Steubenville Pike, McKees Rocks PA 15136.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.

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15 Comments

Helen Houggy
  • Dec 29 2019
Dear Family, I am very sad but also know that Jane was struggling courageously when I saw her in December. We sang together in the Mem.Park choir and were sisters in PEO. I will miss her when I so often drive past Cumberland Woods. She is now singing with other saints "who from their labors rest." Helen Houggy
Gwyni Gilliland
  • Dec 29 2019
Oh so sorry to hear about dear Jane! Such a sweet kind hearted woman! Always helping others, especially women! I knew her as a fellow PEO! God Bless her! Now she is with her sweet dogs and others that have gone before her!! I know there is more to her story than her obituary says!
Shirley Forney
  • Dec 29 2019
To Jane's son's, So sorry for your lose, I was Jane's hairdresser and friend for many years. We conversed about Lila Simmons as I also did her hair. My mom and Dad shopped at their garden place on Thompson Run Rd when I was a little girl. We also square danced together for many years. I really liked her and enjoyed her company. Sincerely Shirley Myers, Loehr, Forney. My mom and dad lived on Babcock Blvd and owned Myers Beer Distributor.
Joan
  • Dec 29 2019
Jane was one of my first friends at Cumberland Woods Village. l will miss her friendly, helpful personality.
Pat Weyrauch
  • Dec 29 2019
Dear Scott and Ken, We are saddened to learn of your Mom’s passing. I talked with her about 3 weeks ago, and she said she wasn’t doing well. We always had such great and fun times over many years with your parents. Although she and I didn’t talk often, we considered her a very dear friend. That is a lovely picture of her. I know she suffered considerable pain for many years, so now she is at peace. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Pat and John Weyrauch
Liesl Klages
  • Dec 30 2019
I will miss my lovely, kind-hearted grandmother. She was a generous soul who always sought to serve others in any manner she could. Grandma Jane will certainly be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting her, but is now happily walking with God. 💓
Gloria Taverna
  • Dec 30 2019
I will always remember you as a caring and kind woman though in pain u still showed love to people around you..I did most overnight shifts on your Care team and you always asking me if i feel cold,get a blanket to keep me warm..It was a blessing that i had to met u and got a chance to take care of u..You will be missed.. May u rest in peace..thanks also to Ms Carol for all the help so we could give the best care to Ms.Jane.. my condolences to the family
Suzanne Klages
  • Dec 30 2019
Jane was courageous and caring throughout her life and was generous to all she loved. All of our daughters were lucky to have her as a grandmother. She had a lively wit and a great sense of humor. Intelligence, wonderful organization, and innovative ideas made her a leader in whatever she was in interested in. I would not be surprised if she was now helping the angels in heaven! ♥️
Marlena Klages
  • Dec 30 2019
My name is Marlena, and Jane was my grandma. She was a wonderful person, and she helped me so much in nurturing my artistic side by encouraging me to draw, and she helped me in learning how to deal with my Fibromyalgia. She always was there to offer a hand, and we'd share things we found with each other that eased our symptoms. Jane struggled through so much, but she was brave, and fought valiantly until the end. I feel blessed that I got to fly to Pennsylvania to say goodbye in October, and I'm glad my dad got the chance to fly back and say goodbye to her the very day she moved to heaven. Grandma Jane was so funny, and was strong enough to find a way to make light of the darkness in life. She taught me so much and I miss her dearly, as I know everyone who knew her does.. but I take comfort in knowing her pain is gone. Rest In Paradise Grandma Jane. Your memory will live on. Love, -Marlena Klages
Trina Walker
  • Jan 2 2020
My deepest sympathies to your family. I had the pleasure of singing with Jane in the Ingomar Celebration Singers for a few years, and the pleasure of hearing her sing in the choir for more years after that! She was well-loved, and her presence touched many lives.
Ken Klages
  • Jan 2 2020
Jane was a good mother who helped Scott and me grow up to be strong and successful people. She struggled for so many years with the fibromyalgia, but was always in good spirits despite the challenges. Even at the end of her life, the way she was so organized and pragmatic about the whole process of life - and its end - was quite inspiring. She was in a lot of pain towards the end, but even then she demonstrated how to handle the end of life with grace. We will surely miss her, but it is some comfort to know that she is now in a better place. And I want to thank the people from Hospice who were such a big help to her in dealing with the pain and challenges. I got to take a few items from her home which are now proudly displayed in our home as nice reminders of a wonderful mom.
Sarah Krushisnki
  • Jan 4 2020
I had the very great pleasure of singing with Jane in choirs at both Memorial Park Presbyterian Church and Ingomar United Methodist Church. She was so lovely and always smiling. If she was in pain, you would have never known it. It is only after reading these posts that I have now come to know that she had a pain condition; Fibromialgia. She was always so positive and effervescent. Though I did not know Jane well, I considered her a friend, a kindred spirit...singing with the ladies! I hope her family and loved ones are comforted knowing that she is now free of pain and is singing alongside the angels who have been watching over her all these years. She is home, in the country of The Great King, blessed and surrounded by joy.
Scott Klages
  • Jan 5 2020
My mother was a very kind, loving, and generous woman who always put her family first. She assured that my brother Ken and I received excellent educations and would be well-positioned to be successful in life. I have many great memories from when we were growing up. She was a loving grandmother to my three daughters and never forgot a birthday or other special occasion, taking care to find just the right card or gift.My mother often helped others who were in need. Through her church, she helped Korean families that were relocated to polish their English and to be acclimated to America and the Pittsburgh area. Even in her 80’s, she helped women who suffered with Alzheimer’s disease. Jane was smart, artistic (singing and painting), and very well-organized. In her later years, she became rather adept at playing dominos!Thanks to all the friends who helped my mother as her health declined… I don’t know what she would have done without your efforts. Thanks also to the Cumberland Woods residents and staff who expressed their condolences and who were friends with Jane. I am very thankful that Ken, Pastor Greg from Ingomar Methodist Church, and I were able to see my mom on her final day. Mom, you were a fantastic mother, and we will miss you dearly.
Bob Simmons
  • Jan 5 2020
Dear Scott and Ken and Family, I am saddened to hear of your mother’s passing and wish you and your family peace, comfort and eventually happiness in celebrating the lovely person that was your mom.Our Aunt Jane, whom we visited last in mid-November after my mother’s memorial, was so upbeat and empathetic, even while going through her own struggles with her health, that her condition was almost unnoticeable.She was kind, forthright and loving, and I will always remember fondly the sense of family and tradition she instilled in us all with her holiday gatherings that she generously hosted at her home.It was also great that she and my mother were able to reconnect in their last years and rekindle the friendship they had back in their early years together. They shared a lot of laughs together and we got to know her more deeply, of her wit and optimism which happily and unexpectedly complemented my mom’s more trepidatious outlook.Jane was also so kind and generous to Lila and our family as we went through some hard times as well.Jane was loved and will be missed. Love to you all, Bob
Anneliese Suda
  • Jan 13 2020
Jane was my grandmother and I already miss her so much. She was a wonderful, talented, and creative woman that left an impact on many. She was always so kind to me, and though she never got to meet my husband, she was very excited about our marriage...and the fact that he could cook! I hope she is happily singing with the angels in heaven 💕
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