Beati mundo corde quoniam ipsi Deum videbunt.

Mattheum V:8


November 10, 1932 - September 12, 1999

One of Burns' most familiar songs contains the line, "But to see her was to love her." This was absolutely true of Jane: during more than forty-five years of marriage, I never met anyone who was not taken with her inner and outer beauty.

Jane was born in Centralia, Illinois, and attended high school and Junior College there. We met during a summer when I was substitute organist at the Presbyterian Church where she was singing in the choir.

In time we had three splendid children: Beck, Hud, and Matt, and three grandchildren: Greg, Gwen, and Kate, on whom she doted. Our home life was a happy one and all of us often told her how much we loved her. On the occasion of her sixty-fifth birthday in 1997 I hired a calligrapher to inscribe a card with the quotation from Sir Thomas Malory: "Lady, I take record of God, in thee I have had my earthly joy."

About midway during the past year I realized that God was answering our prayers, in that Jane was relatively free from pain and we were able to do many things with friends and family. During the last few days she slept constantly, but knew when people were with her. On the day before she died she suddenly opened her eyes and said with a clear voice, "I am ready to go home now."

The concept of the communion of the saints involves the fact that our love streams into the beyond to those who have proceeded us, but also that their abiding love and presence flows back. Today Jane is one of those who rejoice with us, but on another Shore, and in a greater Light.

Charles Huddleston Heaton

The Burial Office and Memorial
Jane Pugh Heaton
September 18, 1999
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Organ Prelude

J.S.Bach, Preludes
R. Vaughan Williams: "Rhosymedre"


"Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of our Hearts"
Henry Purcell

Funeral Sentences

Hymn 518, "Christ is Made the sure Foundation"

Collect for Burial

Psalm 24
Chant: Barnby

The First Lesson
From the Eighth Chapter of the Epistle to the Romans

Nunc Dimittis, in d minor
Thomas Walmisley

The Second Lesson
From the Fourteenth Chapter
of the Gospel according to St. John

"How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place"
Johannes Brahms

The Sermon

The Apostles Creed and The Lord's Prayer

The Prayers

Hymn at the Prayers
Hymn 662, "Abide with Me"

The Commendation

Hymn 525, "The Church's One Foundation"

Organ Postlude


The Rev. Bruce Monroe Robison, Rector
St. Andrews Church

The Rev. Wade Lawrence, Deacon
Trinity Cathedral

Organists and Choirmasters

Peter J. Luley
Frederick Schell


Members from
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Trinity Cathedral
Calvary Episcopal Church
East Liberty Presbyterian Church


From The Book of Common Prayer, p. 484 (1979)

Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayer; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Savior, thou most worthy Judge eternal. Suffer us not, at our last hour, through any pains of death, to fall from thee.

Once I found out the secret of the Universe. I have forgotten what it was, but I know that the Creator does not take Creation seriously, for I remember that He sat in Space with all His Work in front of Him and laughed. -- Lord Dunsany, "The Hashish Man"

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