Dorothy Jans

Dorothy Jans

CLARKSVILLE -- Dorothy Jans, 90, of Clarksville, died Thursday, Nov. 9, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital, Waterloo.

She was born June 29, 1927, in Butler County, daughter of Jacob "Jake" and Emma Hinders DeGroote. She married Whipple “Whip” Jans on Jan. 24, 1946, at the New Hartford Methodist Church parsonage. He preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 1975.

Dorothy worked at the canning factory in Clarksville, the packing and beet factory near Waverly and after her husband’s death for Randy Moad at the Clarksville Pharmacy, then at Doc’s Tavern. She and Whip were custodians, did the lawn care and rang the bell at the church for several years. Dorothy also helped with the flood recovery in Charles City.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville.

Survived by: three children, Jerry (Lonnie) Jans, Nancy (Ronnie) Johnson and Robert “Bob” (Jennifer) Jans, all of Clarksville; eight grandchildren, Kerry (Kurt) Essink, Janie (Tim) Norton, Dawn (Scott) Capper, Lisa (Eric) Trees, Crystal Jans, Casey (Wade) Wiechman, Carley (Brennan) Kennedy and Waylon (Brittney) Jans; 15 great-grandchildren, Allyson and Katelyn Essink, Nate and Jack Norton, Colton, Chase, and Chelsea Capper, Deric Trees, Aidan Hall, Violet Thorn, Piper Wiechman, Cash and Landree Jans, Zoey and Mable Kennedy; a sister, Alice (Jim) Jacobs of Allison; a brother-in-law, Frank Vance of Clarksville; and a sister-in-law, Dottie DeGroote of Arizona.

Preceded in death by: a son, Harry; a grandson, Dylon Jans; a great-granddaughter, Carissa Capper; her parents; five sisters, Anna Bartell, Hilda Sells, Annette Sessler, Darlene Vance and Ruth Bushing; and four brothers, Clarence, Hank, Jake and Walter DeGroote.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today, Nov. 12, at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville and for an hour before services Monday at the church.

Memorials: may be directed to the family.

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When she was younger, Dorothy enjoyed playing tennis. Dorothy enjoyed playing cards with friends, making crafts with Nancy, but her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

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