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December 21, 2012
Messenger News

Vera M. Janke, 93, of Fort Dodge, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Tompkins Memorial Health Center.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday December 22nd at 1:30 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church with Pastor Durand officiating. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery with Military Rites Conducted by the V. F. W. Post 1856. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. The Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home is serving the family.

Survivors include her sons, Bruce and his wife Ellen of Ames; Doug and his wife Jodie of Fort Dodge; 4 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren,

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She was preceded in death by her parents, Emmett A. and Mary Annetta (Hall) Wintermantel; son, Warren Janke; and her husband Wilfred; great grandson, Sam Holsapple; sisters, Joyce Oothoudt and Lois Donaldson; and her brothers, Morris and Myron Wintermantel.

Vera May Janke was born on December 26, 1918 in Hull, IA. She attended schools there and graduated from Hull High School in 1937. Vera then attended the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux City where she received her B.S. Degree in 1940. She followed her nursing profession as a general duty nurse at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames, IA, and as an office nurse in Sioux City. During WWII, from July, of 1944 to June, of 1946 Vera served in the U.S. Navy as a nurse; serving at Naval Hospitals in Farragut, ID, and San Diego, CA. In later years, she also served briefly as a general duty nurse in the Battle Creek Hospital and Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge. On April 6, 1947 she was united in marriage to Pastor Wilfred Harold Janke at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sioux City. The couple made their home in the following towns where her husband served as pastor, Missouri Valley, IA at First Lutheran Church for 5 years; Battle Creek, IA at St. John's Lutheran Church for 8 years, and Fort Dodge, IA at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church for 27 years. Vera was dedicated to her family and proud to be a pastor's wife who always did what she could to be as supportive as possible to Wilfred and the congregations that he served.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.



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