Let the family know you care by sharing this tribute.

Jane Marie (Sardi) Elkins, age 67, of Grand Rapids, passed away after a long battle with cancer on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  She was born April 3, 1951, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the late Carl and Jane (Harris) Sardi.  Jane married the love of her life, Randy Elkins on July 5, 1973, in Jackson, Michigan.  For many years Jane was a teacher’s aide for the Rockford Public School System.

She is survived by her husband, Randy Elkins; sons, Dustin (Jody) Elkins and Matt Tyler (Erin) Elkins; six beautiful grandchildren, Silas, Raisa, Zevin, Brixton, Ashton and Avery; mother-in-law, Norva Elkins-Bylsma; brothers-in-law, Bob (Susan) Elkins and Roy (Stephanie) Elkins; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jane’s online guestbook or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Jane will be missed by all who knew her, and never forgotten.  

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 



Let the family know you care by sharing this tribute.

10 Condolences

  1. Lois Elkins on March 19, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I’ll never forget the fun we had making scarecrows in downtown Rockford, she was so giving and loving, RIP Jane..

  2. Jonathan Elkins on March 19, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    The first time I met Jane will be a memory I will never forget.

    I wasn’t a part of the Elkins family until i was 20 years old. When she found out I was coming to Michigan to meet everyone she went above and beyond for me.

    Up until that point I don’t think I could say I’ve ever been overwhelmed with love and excitement. But then, I walked into about 20 years of presents and hugs. Everything from candy to toothpaste, paddleboards to kites. She was nothing but joy and happiness and curious to learn about me.

    I think back to this experience often. Anytime I need a smile I can count on her. RIP Jane

  3. Danielle Koehler on March 19, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    First time I met Jane was at Matts wedding. She was so sweet. She gave me a huge hug and embraced me with such love.

    She was dressed to the nine and even had her cane wrapped in gold lace. LOVED it!!

    She was so proud of her boys and loved them and her daughter-in-laws with all her heart!!

  4. Donna Filipek on March 20, 2019 at 8:02 am

    I will forever miss my friend, Jane. She was my daughter’s mother-in-law and from the first day we met, we connected! Many times over the phone chatting like we were lifelong friends. She had the best laugh and the best outlook on life. I will think of you often Jane with a smile and will always remember your laugh. I miss you so much already and will be sure to tell your grandsons what a wild and crazy grandmother they had!! Rest in peace. You will always be alive and well and happy and strong in my mind. Love you Jane. Donna Filipek

  5. Toni and Ed Holmes on March 20, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Randy and family, Ed and I send our thoughts of renewed strength and healing in this very difficult time. We hope your memories of happier times bring comfort and keep Jane close always.

  6. Tony LaRosa on March 20, 2019 at 9:43 am

  7. Amber Douglas on March 20, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Jane was always so warm and loving. I will always remember her kindness and joy. I first met Jane when I was very young and my brothers became neighborhood friends with Tyler. Jane would always invite me over with my brothers to hang out and do crafts or go to the movies with her. She always made me feel special.
    May she rest in peace.

  8. Karen Micele on March 28, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    I will always remember Jane’s laugh as we chatted and drank tea with honey and petted the cats. I will carry your spirit with me every time I wear the necklace you made for me. I’ll miss you.

  9. Nancy Sergeant-Abbate on May 29, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Dear Randy,
    You most likely will not see this tribute. I was thinking about you and Jane today. I am sorry to heat about your loss of Jane but pleased that you had a full life with her and your children and grandchildren and many other family members. Jane was so full of energy and had great creativity. It was wonderful to know both of you when you lived in Tucson. Sending you my deepest sympathy. Love, Nancy Sergeant-Abbate.

  10. James on March 31, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Leave a Condolence