Janice’s graveside service will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the Newton Union Cemetery in Newton. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery.
The family will greet friends from 5-7 p.m., Monday, June 4th at the funeral home.
Memorials to the Jasper County Animal Rescue League and Humane Society or to the donor’s choice may be left at the funeral home. If you mail the memorial to the funeral home, please add, Attn: Jontz Family on the envelope.
Janice Schmidt Jontz, the daughter of Harold F. and Evelyn A. Rombs Schmidt, was born April 20, 1931 in Faulkton, South Dakota. Her family moved to Iowa where she attended country school through the 8th grade. Janice graduated from Newton High School in 1949.
On November 4, 1950, Janice was united in marriage with Larry E. Jontz in Newton. They were blessed with their daughter, Linda. Janice retired after working many years at the Maytag Dairy Farm during their seasonal rush. She attended the Wittemberg Church in rural Newton and was a member of the Oak Ridge Homemakers. Janice had served on the Jasper County Rural Water Board. She enjoyed living in the country, quilting and painting.
Janice died on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the Courtyard Estates at Cedar Point in Pleasant Hill. She was 87. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Larry in 1991.
Those left to celebrate Janice’s life are her daughter, Linda (Stephen) Gehling of Newton; grandson, Matthew (Rita) Gehling of Wilmington, Delaware; her great-granddaughter, Kristen of Wilmington, Delaware; and special friends, Harold and Karen Nall of Layton, Utah.
A poem written by Janice’s husband, Larry on November 16, 1972
I make this last request my friends,
Shed not a tear for me
For though my body may be dead
I live eternally.
If I die young or I die old
It matters not you see
For what is 40 or 100 years
Compared to eternity.
So do not grieve your loss my friend
We will be reunited you’ll see
If you will all just keep the faith
And trust in God like me.