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Janice Mentzer Osceola

Published: Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 12:21 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 4:00 p.m. CDT

Janice Mentzer, 82, of Osceola died Oct. 6, 2013, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Graveside services were 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Maple Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Sheldon Lorenson officiated. Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Clarke County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be left at www.kalefuneralhome.com.

Janice Marie (Clark) Mentzer, daughter of Daisy Nell (Jeffers) and Walter Alfred Clark, was born April 10, 1931, in Osceola.

Her mother died when she was 3 years old. Her grandparents, Orey and Lucy Clark, raised her. Her father Alfred married Norma Bloomquist.

Janice married Paul Atkinson.

Janice moved back to Osceola and lived at Harvest Apartments.

Janice retired as a school bus driver from Clarke Community Schools.

Janice was a member of Hawkeye Jamboree in Des Moines and Osceola Eagles Lodge No. 3495.

Janice is survived by her daughter Diana (Larry) Hein of Osceola; grandchildren, Krystal (Hank) Miler and Paula Hein, all of Osceola, Norma (Blaine) Parmer of New Virginia, Amy (Justin) Lockridge of Jamesport, Mo., Lorie Ann (Brad) Howe and Angie (Dan Buckingham) Willke, all of Osceola, and Gabe (Darvin) Leeps of Van Wert; 14 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant daughter Norma Atkinson, stepmother Norma Clark, son LaVern Atkinson; and great-grandchildren, Tommy Leeps, Breanna Parmer and J.W. Lockridge.

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