Jayne G. Rode
Jayne G. Rode, 93, died January 3 at Manor Care in New Providence from complications resulting from a fall. The former Jayne Glover Hill was born in Los Angeles in 1922. Her mother, Levy Meeks Hill was a radio singer and her father Paul Hill a well-known cattleman and rodeo impresario. Jayne attended public schools and studied acting before embarking on a varied career in modeling, sales and secretarial work. She was briefly married during World War II to Igor Maslenikoff, a Russian-American cartoonist. In 1946, she married Erwin A. Rode of Tulare, California. The couple relocated to Queens, New York and later New Jersey where the Prudential Insurance Company employed Erwin for 37 years.
They lived in Roselle, followed by Livingston before settling in Summit in 1958 where they remained for 44 years. In 2002, the couple moved to Chatham. Erwin died in 2012. Jayne was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Summit where she served for many years on the social ministry committee. She played an integral role in resettling two Vietnamese families that were sponsored by the church. Jayne was beloved for her generosity, compassion and ready humor. A gifted raconteur, she regaled family and friends with tales of her early years in Hollywood. Jayne leaves two sons: Alan and wife Jemma of Woodland Hills, California; David and his partner Norma Brice of South Orange, New Jersey; a half-brother, Paul Hill, of Santa Rosa, California; a granddaughter Patience Owens of San Diego, California and three great-grandchildren, Lena, Haelo and Cairo. A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit on Friday, January 8 at 11:00 am.
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