Jane Eva Van De Car

August 24, 1944 - May 12, 2016
Jane Eva Van De Car

Jane Eva Van De Car (Sapp) passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at the age of 71.

She was the beloved mother of Ryan S. Van De Car (Margaret B) and Jill A. Van De Car; sister of Bennett B. Sapp (Raye); aunt of Corben I. Sapp (Ashley H) and Andrea L. Saurage; great-aunt of Betsy, Bennett, Evan, Lindley, and Claire; and a dear friend to many.

Jane, often times lovingly referred to as “Janey,” was born on August 24, 1944, to Malcom B. and Edith L. (Masencup) Sapp in Winston-Salem, NC.

She was a graduate of Winston-Salem’s Reynolds High School and received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

She went on to become a Captain in the United States Air Force and served as a nurse on Cam Rahn Base in Khanh Hoa, Vietnam, during the Vietnam War from 1969-1970. Following her service she married and began her family in St.Louis, MO, while continuing to serve in various nursing capacities for the Veteran’s Administration and became an active member with the Vietnam Veteran’s of America chapter 794. Upon retirement, she returned to North Carolina to be close to family and the coast in Wilmington.

Jane enjoyed reading, gardening, her pets, and spending time at the beach with family. She was a compassionate and loving mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend with an infectious sense of humor and laugh. She was generous and giving of her time and love to all those she met and will be dearly missed and remembered.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, from 10:00 AM  till 12:00 PM at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Chapel 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403.

A Committal Service will follow at 2:00 PM at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Montford Landing Rd, Jacksonville, NC 28540.

A presentation of Military Honors will be rendered in recognition of Jane‘s honorable and faithful service to her country.

While Jane loved flowers, contributions made to your local Humane Society in loving memory of Jane would be greatly appreciated.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • May 16, 2016
    Terryll (Brewer) Gilliam says:
    My condolences to Janie's family on her passing. She showed remarkable spirit, passion, compassion, and bravery in her service to the country in Viet Nam and afterwards. From a classmate, class of 1962, at R.J. Reynolds High School. May her spirit remain with you always in memories of her life.

  • May 18, 2016
    Cathy Webb says:
    Was so sad to hear about Jane's death. She lived next door in St. Louis MO to Lucille Webb, our dear Aunt who passed years ago. I know that Jane knew how much our family appreciated her love and kindness, making sure that Lucille was always okay. What a wonderful lady who probably should be called Saint Jane for all the giving and caring she did for others. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jill. Live your life going forward in a way that will make Jane smile as she looks over you from above.

  • May 17, 2016
    Angie Gustafson says:
    Jill my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family your mom was a sweet dear lady I so enjoyed our many conversations exchanging our life stories ending with lots of laughs and smiles I will miss you Jane

  • May 17, 2016
    Margaret Whisenhunt says:
    Jill and Ryan, I met Janey my first day at ECC--before it was ECU. After graduation, we kept in touch by snail mail while she was in the Air Force. Then when she returned home and was to get married, Lucy and I decided to attend the wedding. I drove from Wilmington and met Lucy in Greensboro to go together to the church in Winston-Salem. But neither of us knew exactly where it was and we had no GPS. Janey had mailed me directions so I was the navigator. We drove around and drove around and stopped and asked directions but still could not find it. I was getting more and more anxious that we would be late. Finally I stopped at the edge of the road and looked down and could see the church but there was a chain-link fence and a different road. I had NO idea how to get "there from here". So close but yet so far. We finally got back into the car and drove around some more to find the road to the church and got seated shortly before the service began.

  • May 17, 2016
    Lee Childress says:
    Jane was a kind, sweet lady..very sorry for your loss..ur extended family in winston salem nc..