Jane Ellen Burns DeWitt Baumann, age 86, of Hebron, died peacefully in Naples, Florida on February 17, 2017.
She retired from Columbus Public Schools in 1996, following a lifetime of experience in the district. She was a 1949 graduate of Columbus South High School. She graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Fine Arts in 1953, where she served as president of Phi Mu sorority.
Jane’s passion for public education led her to teach in Columbus Public Schools, and she retired as chair of the English Department at Linden-McKinley High School. She loved nothing more than inspiring a love of reading in young people, a legacy that extended far beyond her teaching career. She was an active member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbus.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Margaret Winckelman Burns; her beloved husband, Frederick W. (Bill) De- Witt; and grandson, David Baumann, Jr.
She is survived by her beloved husband, James L. Baumann; children and stepchildren, Mike (Linda) DeWitt, Sue (Bill) Eubanks, Matt Baumann and Beth Caldwell, Meg (Tom) Mathues, Jim (Debie) Baumann, David (Nancy) Baumann, Lisa (Dave) Baumann Fischer and Stephen Baumann; and dear cousin, Fred Winckelman. Her legacy will be extended by her 23 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, in whom she inspired her love of reading and education.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 12:15 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2001 Northwest Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the scholarship fund for Columbus City Schools graduates that she helped to establish. Checks may be sent to The Columbus Foundation (with Jane Baumann Scholarship in the memo line), 1234 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43205.
Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation
Service is honored to care for Jane and the Baumann family.