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Janet Ann Gunderson (1937-2017)

Janet Gunderson

FAIRBANK — Janet Ann Gunderson, 80, died Friday, Dec. 3, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital in Waterloo.

She was born in Lansing on Aug. 27, 1937, daughter of Ray and Della (Severson) Spinner.

Jan graduated from St. Patrick’s School in Waukon in 1955. She married Ralph Gunderson on May 23, 1959, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waterloo.

Survived by: five daughters: Laura (Ross) Kane of Westminster, Colo. Leslie (Fred) Frost of Fairbank, Terri (Kraig) Grimes of Sumner, Jill Weihe of Truman, Minn., and Amy (Jim) Meyer of Fairbank; and one son, Eric (Brenna) Gunderson of Elk River, Minn.; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law, Tom (Mary Lou) Benson of Tripoli, Gordon Halverson of Des Moines, Dean (Clarion) Gunderson of Postville; and three sisters-in-law, Katie Spinner of Iowa City, Kay Gunderson of Postville, and Betty Holm of Waverly.

Preceded in death by: her parents; her husband; her son-in-law, Tory Weihe; three brothers, Raymond (Alice) Spinner, Donald (Myrt) Spinner and Michael Spinner; and four sisters, Sister Magdelle Spinner, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, Kay (Dennis) O’Malley, Mary Lou Halverson; and Patricia Benson.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank, with visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Woods Funeral Home with a parish rosary at 4:30 p.m. Inurnment at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, Fairbank.

Memorials: may be directed to the family.

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Jan was a member of the Fairbank American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed golfing, reading, playing cards and, most of all, spending time with and cooking for her family and friends.

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