Jane Louise Myhra, 69, died October 17, 2022 at The Residence in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

She was born in Iola, Wisconsin on February 9, 1953 to Palmer and Lois Myhra. Jane graduated from Iola-Scandinavia High School in 1971. She attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls after high school.

After college, Jane was employed as a milk tester for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) in Lena, Wisconsin, where she worked for several months before transferring to the Waupaca County area. She worked for DHIA for about 20 years and knew many farming families in Waupaca County. She was the first woman ever hired for this position in the Appleton area. After leaving DHIA, she worked several months at Kmart in Waupaca before starting her career as a journalist in 1996 at the Iola Herald in Iola. She had written a few articles for The Iola Herald before and was honored to be hired full-time by the Herald. Jane was a regular at community events in Iola, Manawa, and Amherst throughout her time at the Iola Herald. She loved meeting people and writing stories about people and communities. During her final years with The Iola Herald, she switched to working and writing for the Waupaca County Post due to a merger. She has also written for Wisconsin State Farmer and Wisconsin Horseman’s News as well as some freelancing for Jones Publishing. Jane has won numerous awards for her writing over the years and has been honored multiple times by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association for her work. She retired from her journalism career in March 2017.

Prior to her retirement, Jane wrote and self-published a book of poetry, The Robin’s Song, which included poems, prose and essays she had written. In this book, she said, “You don’t become a writer, you are a writer.” And Jane was a writer. She then wrote and published a series of medieval fiction. “The Golden Sword”, which comprises 16 books, the 17th being in progress at the time of his death. She has also spent the last few months writing her memoirs, hoping that her family and friends will compile her final work. Jane attended renaissance and craft fairs to share her books.

Jane was actively involved with the Iola Lioness and later the Iola Lions, and assisted with publicity, the Iola Winter Carnival raffle, and various other activities. She held various officer positions during her time with the Lioness, including serving as a board member of the Wisconsin Lion’s Foundation. She was active in the Waupaca Area Genealogical Society and the Waupaca County Republican Party.

Jane is survived by three sisters: Kathleen (David) Olson of Red Wing, Minnesota; Nancy (Stan) Smith of Wausau and Judy (John) Smith of Oshkosh; nieces and nephews: Terri (Fran Christjohn) of Stevens Point; Jeffrey (Megan) Smith of Morrisonville; Kristoffer (Erinn Liebhard) Olson of Saint Paul, Minnesota; Tara Herwig of Appleton; Heather Olson of St. Paul, Minnesota; Amy (David) Berg of Neenah; and Kevin Smith of Oshkosh. She also leaves to mourn other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Palmer and Lois Myhra and her sister Terri Myhra.

The memorial service for Jane will be held Friday, October 21, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Voie Funeral Home in Iola, with Rev. Dale Wilson officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, October 20, 2022 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at Voie Funeral Home in Iola. Interment of the cremains will be at Our Savior Lutheran Cemetery in Iola.

Jane was blessed to have had other special people in her life, including Marie and Ken Graeff, Bonnie and Steve Robertson, and Ardis Mani. Jane’s family would like to acknowledge and thank Marie and Ken Graef for their friendship and assistance throughout Jane’s journey. Special thanks to Theda Care Hospice, Theda Care at Home and The Residence Staff in Oshkosh for their care and compassion. Jane’s journey after being diagnosed with a chronic illness has been supported by medical teams at Waupaca, Appleton and UW-Madison.

Jane left this message for her family and friends:

“Don’t be sad that I’m gone. Glad you know me. Like every day, I thank God for giving me a chance to live and enjoy life.