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Janice Anderson, age 66, of Sycamore, IL, passed away quietly into the arms of her Savior, Monday, February 13, 2017.
She was born October 19, 1950, in DeKalb, IL, the daughter of Robert and Donna (Sanderson) Guehler.
Janice grew up in Somonauk and attended local schools. She graduated from Somonauk High School with the class of 1968.
Janice continued her education at Waubonsee Community College and graduated with an Associates Degree in Home Economics.
Janice was united in marriage to Dan Anderson in 1970. They were blessed with a daughter Julie who made their family completed. Janice and Dan eventually went their separate ways, Janice continued to live in Sycamore.
She worked at DeKalb Ag for many years until she obtained her real estate license and worked in residential real estate in the DeKalb area. After helping to make new homeowners dreams come true, Janice started working at J.C. Penny were she helped to put on fashion shows, dressed the models and also narrated. She was instrumental in pioneering their Personal Shopping Program. Later, she worked at Kohlâ€™s before declining health brought her to retirement.
Janice was member of Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore where she was very active in the Altar Guild.
Janice did everything for everyone…all the time. She was selfless, almost to a fault, and was a dedicated shepherd to her fellow man. Her life was the epitome of the “Golden Rule.” Janice was very hard working, thrifty, independent, mechanical and resourceful. When something needed fixing, she knew exactly what to do. Also, she was adept at sewing, garnering herself national honors in her younger years. As a young woman, she spent a summer as an exchange student in Denmark. That may be where she got the traveling bug, because that was the one thing she did for herself. Some of the places she especially enjoyed were Disney World, Biltmore Estates, and Alaska. Janice also loved antiquing and flea marketing, searching for a diamond in the rough. She was queen of the kitchen, and taught her granddaughters the ropes. She also loved planning celebrations, often amazing her friends and family with her detailed and flawless event planning. Janice enjoyed scrap-booking, especially the weekend crops with family and friends. More recently, she began re-purposing old dishes into decorative, colorful “whimseys.” She was so multi-talented that family says she was Martha Stewart before Martha Stewart! She really enjoyed Downton Abbey and even got family members hooked on the show. She set a goal after finishing a round of chemo to be strong enough so her family, friends, and she could head to Chicago to view the clothing from the show. All thoroughly enjoyed that day. Not only was she a supportive, loving, and nurturing mother to Julie, she was also a caring and supportive aunt and grandmother, never wanting to miss an event. Her nieces and nephews remember her showing up to their activities with the “good” snacks. When her granddaughters came along, there was no bigger fan and supporter. She lived for those girls. She attended numerous sporting, dance, and school events. She and her granddaughters loved hosting “tea parties,” where she taught them how to make the sandwiches, tea, and of course, a dessert. She also spent numerous hours in the kitchen with them teaching them how to prepare fruits and vegetables, cook and bake. Their favorite meal to make together was chicken pot pie from scratch. Janice was an amazingly strong and independent woman whose faith supported her and family her greatest treasure. She will be remembered for her compassion, inner strength, selflessness, service minded personality, love of her family and friends and the smile on her face.
She is survived by one daughter: Julie (Jason) Peterson; Two granddaughters: Aliesha and Ashlyn Peterson; Her mother Donna Guehler; three siblings: John Guehler, Jean (Pete) Fabrizius and Judy (Joe) Boll; many nieces, nephews and a countryside of friends.
She is preceded in death by her father, Robert Guehler; paternal grandparents: Max and Ione Guehler and maternal grandparents, Walter and Mildred Sanderson.
Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, February 19, 2017, at St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church, 235 S Green St, Somonauk, IL 60552. A funeral service to celebrate her life will begin at 10 a.m., Monday, February 20, also at the church. Rev. William C. Weidenbach Jr., pastor of the church, will officiate with interment to follow at Oakridge Cemetery, Sandwich.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Janiceâ€™s name. Checks may be made to the “Janice Anderson Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address, the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com.
A funeral service to celebrate her life will begin at 10 a.m., Monday, February 20, also at the church. Rev. William C. Weidenbach Jr., pastor of the church, will officiate with interment to follow at Oakridge Cemetery, Sandwich.
Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, February 19, 2017, at St. Johnâ€™s Lutheran Church, 235 S Green St, Somonauk, IL 60552
Oakridge Cemetery, Sandwich, IL