of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Pinckney. age 88, died Monday, May 13, 2024, at the Chelsea Retirement Community. She was born April 7, 1936, in Plymouth, Michigan, the daughter of Russell Henry & Virginia (Berner) VanGilder.  Jan graduated from Fenton High School in 1954, earned her Bachelors degree in education from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master’s degree from University of Michigan. She taught Physical Education and English at Garden City East High School, and later was a counselor. She coached basketball, softball, and track, and was Michigan's first woman High School Athletic Director. She taught for 38 years before her retirement in 1994. After her retirement, she enjoyed riding her bicycle, and was a member of the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society. She has been active at Faith Baptist Church in Chelsea, since 2005, including traveling on overseas missions.

In 1961, Jan married Blake Harrison Moore. He preceded her in death on May 26, 1995. Survivors include her son, Blake (Kimberly) Moore of Fowlerville; three grandsons, Robert, Ethan, and Lucas Moore; three brothers, Russell (Shirley) VanGilder, Jim (Jan) VanGilder, and Paul VanGilder; three sisters, Betty (Gordon) Marshall, Mary (Dave) Lenzi, and Pauline (Hank) Carabelli. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tracy Moore in 2012; and a sister-in-law, Nina VanGilder.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 18, 2024, 11:00 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Chelsea, with Pastor Adam Summers officiating. The family received friends before the service from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

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#1 Brian & Marg Kidston 2024-05-14 14:23
Jan was our dear neighbor at CRC for almost 7 years. Her email tag was forevermore. This tag describes her personality. Jan was an upbeat person who always had that impish smile and a kind word for everyone even when we knew that she was not feeling well. It was our good fortune to have had her for a friend.

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