Janet W. German
- May 23, 1937 - February 7, 2011
- Grinnell, Iowa
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Janet W. German, 73, of Grinnell died February 7, 2011, at her home.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 11, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with the Rev. Nancy Anderson, pastor of the Grinnell U.C.C. - Congregational in Grinnell, officiating. Pallbearers will be Laura and David Ayers, and Randy, Scott, David and Reid German. Burial will be in Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grinnell U.C.C. - Congregational or Grinnell Regional Hospice.
Jan was born May 23, 1937, in Grinnell, the daughter of Clifford and Louise Larsen Wichman. She was raised in Grinnell and was a 1954 graduate of Grinnell High School. While in high school she was employed at the Poweshiek County National Bank and later with the Farm Bureau in Des Moines.
On October 30, 1955, she was united in marriage to Hugh German, her high school sweetheart, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church. The couple made their home in Grinnell where they raised their family.
Jan was employed as a secretary in the state office of the U.C.C. ' Congregational in Grinnell for several years and then as Director of Alumni Programs at Grinnell College. She later managed the Grinnell Travel Center and was also employed at Poweshiek Abstract & Title Company in Grinnell until her retirement.
She was a member of the U.C.C. ' Congregational, PEO Chapter NF, Priscilla Club and Grinnell Golf and Country Club.
As a former farm girl she enjoyed barn collectibles, she also enjoyed cross-word puzzles and needlepoint. She loved the game of golf and playing in golf outings with her family. She gave back to the game by serving on the Grinnell Golf and Country Club Board. She was a proud grandma and always enjoyed hearing about her grandchildren's school activities.
In 1981, while working in the Alumni Office, Jan and Hugh spent a week in Hawaii with the George Drake family during an official visit by the Grinnell College President. Some of the fond memories of Jan working in the travel business was the three cruises her family took to the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera, and visiting several countries in Europe.
Survivors include her husband, Hugh of Grinnell; two children, Ellen (Rick) Ayers of Cottage Grove, Minnesota and John (Stephanie) German of Grinnell; one brother, Ken (Karen) Wichman of Fishers, Indiana; and four grandchildren, Laura and David Ayers of Cottage Grove and Ty and Cade German of Grinnell. She was preceded in death by her parents.
If you truely knew Jan, you would have recognized that she was a dedicated mother, grandmother and a smart business woman with an attention to detail that was unmatched.