View Full Version : The Corvette Action Center Loses a Family Member

03-21-13, 06:13 PM
It is with much grief and heavy-heart that I must announce the loss of one of our Administrators, Jane Ann (XLR8 (http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/forums/members/xlr8.html)).

At 6:45am this morning Jane Ann lost her battle with cancer and moved on to a much better place, free of pain and suffering.

Jane Ann was a valuable member of our community for nearly 8 years, and through her loving heart, kindness and ability to help new members, she quickly became a valuable member of our staff here. She often resided in the New Member Introductions forum, C4 and C5 forums, and the Site Help and Feedback forum. She was always quick to welcome new members to our community and point them in the right direction as to how the forums function and where they might find answers to their questions throughout the site. When it came to Moderating these forums, she was always fair, professional and saw the best in everyone. She was a true southern Belle from Mississippi and had the manners and professionalism that touched everyone she came in contact with.

For me personally, her loss has hit me hard.

I met Jane Ann several years ago at one of our first CruiseFests in Bowling Green. She had a loud, cheerful voice, and a hearty laugh that you could not soon forget. As she often did here in the forums, she was quick to jump behind the desk and help out with welcoming the members as they arrived at the event.

Over the years, she went above and beyond just moderating the forums and actually helped me test various sections of the CAC site before rolling them out. Her innocent, objective view was always most welcome and she was always so happy to help and watch the CAC grow and mature. Through emails, private messages and occasional phone calls, we shared many laughs and a few tears.

Most of all, she was always there with encouraging words when I was feeling down or having issues with the site. She believed so strongly in the Corvette Action Center and my goals and dreams for the site. She shared in my joy and happiness or my sadness and tears whenever it came to dealing with CAC-related issues.

She was not just a member or an Administrator here - she was a friend, a confidant, and family. Her loss of presence here will be felt for a long time to come. I'm sure she is in a much better place now - probably at the gates, welcoming others as they arrive just as she did here.

Jane Ann: you will forever remain a part of this community and this web site and I am truly honored to have had the chance to meet and work with you over the years. Hopefully you are enjoying your Corvette up there as you did here and always remember girl....walk softly but carry a big light saber!

Rest in Peach Jane Ann...


"For every person with a spark of genius, there are a hundred with ignition trouble." - Jane Ann

03-21-13, 06:16 PM
At this time, services and arrangements have not been announced by the family, however, several members of the staff here are in contact with them.

I will update this thread with information as it becomes available to us.

The Corvette Action Center will do something collectively, but right now, we are waiting to hear from the family in terms of how they will proceed with everything.

6 Shooter
03-21-13, 06:33 PM

03-21-13, 06:34 PM
Jane Ann will be missed greatly. Personally hearing of the loss of Jane Ann my heart is aching, and I am finding it difficult to accept. She stood for, and helped establishing the quality and family virtues we believe in. Jane Ann has been a pillar of constancy and one of our greatest Ambassadors.
This day weighs heavy on my heart, as I am sure it does with many others. I know this fine Lady ”My Mississippi Girl” will be missed by all of us. Our loss is Heavens gain and I am sure Jane Ann is cherished there as she was every minute she shared with us.

Gods speed Jane Ann. You are now in God’s loving arms and now reside in a place without pain or suffering. You leave behind what many dream of, and your spirit shall live on here at our Community.


03-21-13, 06:50 PM
All my best to the family. I didn't know her, but from everything I read of her posts, she hadda be quite a fun companion. I know a girl in the BMW club and she's the same way with cars, her favorite phrase being "keys please!"... It's the enthusiasm that I love and Jane was obviously that. Take care JA. :w

...and I won't even mention my attitude toward the ongoing existence of cancer :mad

03-21-13, 07:11 PM
Jane Ann was the perfect representation of politeness and the epitome of respectful.
I met Jane Ann on at least one occasion, as she was one of our CruiseFest Idol judges back in 2006. Of course, she was the effervescent "Paula" that was always the person one could count on to be positive no matter how 'bad' they were.

She was an excellent addition to the CAC Staff and she filled filled very big, very needed shoes. When it comes to the CAC making a positively welcoming first impression on people, she was unsurpassed. She will be missed greatly.


03-21-13, 07:18 PM

Thanks for sharing. I'm very sorry to hear of Jane Ann's passing - I knew she had a stroke recently but she quickly recovered, and I had no idea that she had cancer. I knew of her back issues but that was about it.

This is a real shock for me because as you said, she was a very sweet lady and was always there to welcome everyone, especially those new to the site.

She will be greatly missed.


03-21-13, 07:50 PM
It's a very sad day for those who knew Jane Ann. She was a truly unique and wonderful person, and that's not a platitude. God's speed.

03-21-13, 08:27 PM
I, too, met Jane Ann at cruisefest 2005 (IIRC). She was a very wonderful person and made Rosie and I feel welcome, when we felt like outsiders. I will miss her deeply.

03-21-13, 09:00 PM
She's still cruising............RIP...


03-21-13, 09:10 PM
Sorry to hear this, my prayers go out to the family.

03-21-13, 09:29 PM
I, too, met Jane Ann at cruisefest 2005 (IIRC). She was a very wonderful person and made Rosie and I feel welcome, when we felt like outsiders. I will miss her deeply.

Yes, it just won't be the same in here without Jane Ann.

03-21-13, 09:45 PM
I got to know Jane Ann on this forum. I remember meeting her in Bowling Green during one of the cruise-ins. When we arrived, she was the first to greet me with a big bear hug. She was always wise and gentle. But she could also slice you in two with her tongue, while remaining a charming Southern Belle the whole time. She was very smart.

After I stopped being a moderator on the CAC, JAG was one of the people that I stayed in touch with. I live in Boise, and she lived in Hattiesburg. So whenever Boise State and Southern Mississippi played football, we would have a friendly wager. I will toast my friend with a beer in a glass that I won from her in one of our bets. She was my friend

03-21-13, 09:48 PM
I remember that picture. That was a fun trip.

03-21-13, 10:01 PM
I am so sorry and shocked to hear of Jane Ann's passing! My thoughts are with her and her family!

03-21-13, 10:38 PM
RIP Jane Ann, my God, I don't know what else to say... Such a lovely person, who I never had the pleasure of meeting face-to-face. She will truly be missed...

03-21-13, 11:00 PM
My life is better for having known Jane Ann (http://www.riemannfamily.com/obituaries/Jane-Geil/). I miss her already.

Like most folks here, I met Jane Ann (http://www.riemannfamily.com/obituaries/Jane-Geil/) through the CAC and we 'clicked' immediately. As the years went by, we grew closer as friends and shared many laughs as well as a few tears. She was like my big sister and I love her dearly and deeply. I am still in shock over how quickly Jane Ann (http://www.riemannfamily.com/obituaries/Jane-Geil/) was taken.

Rest in the comfort of God's arms, Jane Ann (http://www.riemannfamily.com/obituaries/Jane-Geil/) until we meet again... My sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to Jane Ann (http://www.riemannfamily.com/obituaries/Jane-Geil/)'s family and friends, especially Jeannie and Brenda.


Hib Halverson
03-22-13, 12:03 AM
Never had the privilege to do face time with Jane Ann. I only knew here on-line persona...which I always liked.

Let's all take a moment.....

....then raise our glasses to absent friends.

Jane Ann...your in a better place now. You go girl!!

vett boy
03-22-13, 08:18 AM
This was a shock ,I knew she had cancer and had a stroke but I really didn't think she would go so fast (or at all) .Jane Ann was a very good friend ,We got together every time I was in Mississippi we went to the fancy eatin' places that she would pick out .Man that women knew where to eat ,some of the best meals I've ever had was with Jane Ann .We ate and laughter together ,she was one of the kindest people I've ever met .On the forum she was the voice of reason and always had my back .We would email and talk about once a month and I was going to drive over to see her about six weeks ago but I felt she would rather had been alone ,one of my biggest regrets was that I didn't go any way .God bless you Jane Ann ,I'll never forget you .

03-22-13, 08:46 AM
I am just shocked to hear that Jane Ann has passed. What a great lady and I am so glad to have known her through CAC. She was always quick to help me or anyone else with a question or problem. I'm going to miss her. I hope her family knows how much she meant to all of us here on CAC.


Bob Chadwick
03-22-13, 09:19 AM
RIP Jane Ann. You will be missed.

03-22-13, 10:13 AM
i dont know what to say.. am sitting here stunned. After the quick recovery of the stroke, i didnt think any of it..

I will miss you JA..

This ones for you :beer

03-22-13, 11:11 AM
I haven't been a member for all that long, but it showed every day what a big part Jane Ann played here at CAC....

R.I.P. Jane Ann

GS Diva
03-22-13, 11:52 AM
Like many of you, I never had the pleasure of meeting Jane Ann face to face, but we became friends through our moderator activities here on the Corvette Action Center. And then I had the real pleasure of selling her a 50th Anniversary convertible in late November. She was so thrilled with the car, but I'm not sure she actually had an opportunity to truly enjoy it.

Jane Ann was an inspiration to all of us here on CAC, and I personally will miss her emails and her posts here. She truly was a member of our CAC "family".


03-22-13, 12:11 PM
In ......MY..... dictionary, when I look up the word "smile", it says

See XLR8 !


We'll catch you at "Cruise Fest In The Blue" Jane Ann


03-22-13, 01:04 PM
I met Jane Ann at a Cruisefest but really got to know her lately through Facebook and the CAC. What a wonderful person. I shed a tear and have an aching heart today after reading this very, very sad news. So much I could say, but I think many others in this thread have stated it better than I could. My condolences go out to Jane Ann's family and many friends. Good bye Jane Ann.

Red Vette
03-22-13, 04:04 PM
I never had the opportunity to meet JA as she was not at any of the cruise fests I attended, but she took me under her wing and helped me with "posting pictures" on the web site. When I still didn't get it, she promised that she would instruct me at the next CF in Effingham. Alas, she could not make it, but that did not stop her from her from fulfilling her promise. She asked my friend Yoda to instruct me, and he did a great job, as thorough as JA would have done. I will miss her; I always read her comments, and still return to the archives to hear the music she thought would be perfect for corvette driving. I'll bet she is driving "a heavenly Cinnamon Girl" (the new C7) on the gold streets, with St Peter as a passenger. The CACers were fortunate to have her as a friend.

03-22-13, 05:37 PM
Paula, I and BudMan met Jane Ann on a Dragon's cruse. I knew she had a stroke but I didn't know she had cancer. She was a great friend to all other CAC members. Always trying to help any way she could. She will be greatly missed.

6 Shooter
03-22-13, 06:48 PM
...it's very cool ta know that Cinnamon Girl was able to score a 50th Annv. Roadster! :thumb


03-22-13, 09:46 PM
I never knew or met her, but my sincere condolences to her friends and family.

03-23-13, 08:15 AM
JAG was one of my favorite freinds here.
I will miss her dearly.
Rest In Peace Jane Ann.

03-23-13, 10:42 AM
This is the link to the Funeral Home Jane Ann's Tribute Wall (http://www.riemannfamily.com/obituaries/Jane-Geil/)

03-23-13, 03:58 PM
Truly sad news indeed ..... Jane Ann and I met at Cruisefest several years ago in Bowling Green she was a pleasure indeed! RIP Jane Ann I trust that you are in a far better place.

03-23-13, 09:32 PM
I was saddened to learn of Jane Ann’s passing. I had never met her, but her genuineness and open personality came across uninhibited. She always delivered kind words and comments and had a lot of enthusiasm to share. I will miss seeing her taking care of business here on the CAC. God bless her and her loved ones.


03-27-13, 02:37 PM
TTT for members who might have been away when the post was active.

04-04-13, 08:24 PM

04-04-13, 09:08 PM
I'm going to miss that wonderful lady. I wish I'd been able to meet her in person.


04-04-13, 10:55 PM
I'm going to miss that wonderful lady. I wish I'd been able to meet her in person.

You missed a treat, Dennis. Jane Ann was a true southern belle with a huge heart. I miss her...


04-04-13, 11:11 PM
I was so saddened to read about Jane Ann.

I was lucky to have met her in person.

Pray for all of us, Jane Ann.


04-05-13, 01:00 AM
My apologies to all for a late chime in, I am a bit caught off guard and sadened. She was very kind to me as a newbie to the site last year and answered my less than intelligent questions. A real gem indeed. Only the good ones as they say. God bless you and I am sure heaven is an even better place now.

See you again, :grouphug:

04-06-13, 01:36 AM
I am broken hearted to find out of JaneAnn's passing.

She always heard me out through pm's about ideas and CAC improvements. She never once mentioned fighting cancer. She would gracefully just help you out, and not complaint about anything.

Thank you JaneAnn for your dedication to the site, and for being such a nice lady.

God Speed, Jane Ann. :)

p.s. I would like to see a thread folder in which we can,"visit", and remember the many fine folks who have contributed to the site with ideas, sweat, tears, and whi are no longer among us.

04-06-13, 12:02 PM
I miss My "Mississippi Girl" and I am still struggling with the loss of such a wonderful Lady..


04-06-13, 03:48 PM
It's tough when you go to an older thread and there's a reply from Jane Ann. She was a sweetheart.

04-06-13, 09:22 PM
Very shocked and saddened to hear this news. Like others who've posted here, I only knew Jane Ann through the forum. She was definitely the spice of the CAC -- our "Cinnamon Girl" will be missed... :cry

04-11-13, 11:55 AM
I personally didn't know Jane Anne but from what I have read here I think I would truly have liked her .

04-11-13, 11:05 PM
May God bless and keep you Jane Ann.

I only met you through the forum but you were always warm and kind.....:w


04-20-13, 08:06 PM
What a wonderful person. "Peace be the journey......"

Cinnamon Girl (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAdtUDaBfRA)

06-14-13, 10:10 PM
My work schedule has prevented being able to keep up with my CAC friends lately...however I had heard of this a while ago, but just could not come up with the words to type worthy of such an amazing individual.

I only met Jane Ann once at a CruiseFest in Bowling Green...but as anyone that has had the honor of meeting this wonderful lady in person well knows...it only takes ONCE.

I have a vivid memory of meeting Jane Ann in person...growing up in Mississippi myself, of course we instantly had something in common. I moved out of MS straight out of high school, in search of big life adventures (in other words, US Army). There was a lot I didn't like about the South, but the one thing nobody can ever deny is that good 'ol Southern hospitality...and I did miss that. Conversing with Jane Ann online was ALWAYS nothing less than a pleasure, but meeting her in person immediately reminded me of the good aspects of a childhood that I had tried very hard to forget. I will always hold a thankful spot in my heart to her for that.

We weren't what you would call "close friends", outside of the CAC community, but even still she just had a knack for knowing when a person is down and no trained therapist on the planet was better at picking up a person's mood than Jane Ann.

She really is a true representation of everything that is good and pure in this world (notice I said "is"...the impact of people like this never die). I will sorely miss you dear Lady.


03-20-16, 08:50 PM
It's been three years. I still miss ya, JAG… :cry


vett boy
03-21-16, 06:11 AM
It's been three years. I still miss ya, JAG… :cry

MacThanks Mac for remembering one of my favorite people .I can now benchmark the first day of spring as a special anniversary date .

03-21-16, 07:36 AM
She will be missed. REST IN PEACE!

03-21-16, 11:52 AM
Can't believe it's been three years.

03-21-18, 01:57 PM
5 years ago today! Damn........time flies.
Never met her personally, but a wonderful lady nonetheless!

03-21-18, 03:44 PM
5 years ago today! Damn........time flies.
Never met her personally, but a wonderful lady nonetheless!

I can't believe it's been 5 years already So much has happened since then but it still seems like yesterday that I heard this news.

vett boy
03-22-18, 06:28 PM
One of my favorite people even though she broke three of my ribs the last time she gave me a hug . I think of her often .

09-19-18, 08:47 PM
Eloquently written Rob. Your feelings about Jane Ann's passing are as clear today as they were five years ago. When I was brand new to the Corvette hobby and with my first C4, Jane Ann welcomed me like I was one of the family. And it was her digital smile and comments that kept me coming back to CAC over any other news source. Thank you for expressing your thoughts.