Janice Lee Terry

December 26, 1936 ~ October 21, 2019 (age 82)


Janice L. Terry, age 82, of Holstein, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019 at the AbiliT Senior Living of Holstein.  A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Holstein with the Pastor Bob Lewis officiating.  Burial will be at the Holstein Cemetery of Holstein.  A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Holstein. 

Janice L. (Hargens) Terry was born December 26, 1936 in Cherokee, Iowa to Louis Franklin and Bertha Arlyne (Wiese) Hargens.  She was raised in Cushing, Iowa and was a graduate of Cushing High School in 1955.

Janice was united in marriage to Duane Ruser and three children were born.  She was then married to Clifford Alexander “Joe” Terry on July 16, 1960 in South Sioux City.  Joe adopted Janice’s first three children and the couple was blessed with two more.  Joe passed away in 1983.  She later had a longtime companion, Carl Huth.  He passed away in 2015. 

During her working years Janice often had two or three jobs at a time.  She babysat, worked at the telephone company in Cushing, Van-Top Industries and Food Locker, helped cater with Maxine Arne, and she retired as a cook from the Holstein Good Samaritan Society.  She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Holstein.  Janice enjoyed bowling and was a member of a league in Holstein and Cherokee.  She played the accordion, loved to dance and to listen to polka music.  She enjoyed cooking and was famous for her potato salad.  Janice also enjoyed going to craft shows and celebrating the holidays with her family.

She is survived by her children, Steve Terry (fiancé Terri Libke), William “Bill” Terry, Shari (Robert) Shontz and Bryan (Tracy) Terry, all of Holstein; grandchildren, Shawn Terry, Laura (Mick) Degner, Briana Terry (significant other Tate Nugent), Jacob (Kandie) Terry, Brandi Terry (significant other Tranez Nix), Jenna Terry, Shane (Kelsey) Bumsted, Dawn (Eric) VanHouten, Kelli (Dustin) Hahn, Kody (Kayla) Terry, Kyle (Leann) Terry, Jeff Libke and Nick Libke and 22 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by sister, Betty Stoneking; brother-in-law, Gaylen Galvin and aunt, LaVinna Wiese.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe; daughter, Janella; longtime companion, Carl; sisters, Carol Galvin, Judy Obbink; brothers-in-law, Ken Stoneking and Bob Obbink; daughter-in-law, Julie Terry and grandson, Darrin Hunt.

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October 24, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home
1600 S. Kiel St.
Holstein, Iowa 51025

Funeral Service
October 25, 2019

10:30 AM
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church
304 E. 2nd St.
Holstein, Iowa

October 25, 2019

Holstein Cemetery

Holstein, Iowa 51025

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