Date of Birth: February 5, 1939
Date of Death: January 16, 2010
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Janet was born on February 5, 1939 in Minneapolis, MN. She grew up in Minneapolis, where she attended a Seventh-day Adventist school, Twin City Junior Academy (now known as Minnetonka Christian Academy) for grades 1-10. She later attended Maplewoood Academy (an SDA boarding school in Hutchinson, MN). There she was involved in various singing groups and also learned to oil paint, both of which became lifelong hobbies of hers.
After graduation her first job was being a clerk at an insurance investigation bureau. In 1961, Jan temporarily moved to Los Angeles, CA where she worked at the White Memorial Hospital as a receptionist in the x-ray department and later also worked as a switchboard operator there.
When Jan returned to Minneapolis she decided to give cosmetology school a whirl. There she met Donald Wissmiller; it was "love at first sight." They were joined in marriage December 23, 1964. Don brought into the union two children, Karilyn Lorene and Bryon Douglas from a previous marriage. Two more children were born to complete this family, Jerry Dean and Julie Marie.
Jan was well loved by her friends and neighbors, and was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. She served her church faithfully by planning Friday Evening Vesper programs (1958-1991). She was also a Sabbath School teacher, was on the church board, on many committees and did much of the event planning and decorating.
Jan was very devoted to her family. Her children remember that she was "always home" for them. She was a great cook (like her mother); some of her signature dishes were her stupendous potato salad, gourmet chow mein, enchiladas, double chocolate cake with black and white frosting, grandma's homemade soup and BBQ vegetarian steaklettes. And we shouldn't forget her Hawaiian baked beans and the carrot pineapple jello, which she was well known for at church luncheons. Jan also was a master cake decorator. Some special cakes remembered were: a castle, doll cakes, teddy bear, bunny, lamb, baby booties and Mickey Mouse.
Jan greatly enjoyed being a mother to her four children, and was extremely proud of each one of them and all of their accomplishments in life.
Her dear parents passed to their final rests, her dad in 1992 and her mother in 1993. She missed them both very much; they were a constant presence and helping hand to her during their lives.
In 1999, Don was diagnosed with Alzheimer's; he also had rheumatoid arthritis. He passed to his final rest on July 25, 2006. She missed him immensely.
Every evening as Jan went to bed, she paused to tell Julie how much she loved and appreciated her care, and thanked the Lord for her every day.
After 12 years of various health problems and complications from her recent diagnosis of congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and pneumonia, she knew her quality of life would never be the same. Jane made her decision to close her eyes and join Don. Now they both are asleep awaiting Jesus' return on resurrection day when they will see their Saviour face to face, and be reunited with their family and friends.
Source: Submitted by Julie Wissmiller