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Janice Ann Jukes

08 February, 2009 by Ed Ediger

Janice Ann Jukes, 52, of Hutchinson, Kansas, passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2009 in Hutchinson, Kansas.

On May 30, 1956, Wilferd (Bill) and Mary Ida (Haag) Loewen were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Janice Ann Loewen in McPherson, Kansas. She was also welcomed home by her sister, Glenna. Janice graduated from McPherson High School in 1974 and attended the University of Kansas. She graduated from Augsburg College, St. Paul, MN.

Janice was united in marriage to Steven Jukes on July 8, 1978 and made their home in Minneapolis, MN. In 1983, they moved to Hutchinson, Kansas where they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Kristen Andrea, on September 19, 1986. Steve died in a tragic accident on March 23, 1987.

Janice was the director of Meals on Wheels of Reno County in Hutchinson, Kansas since 1997. She was so meticulous that all her meals went out correctly as requested by her clients. She absolutely loved her volunteers whom she became close with. She was so saddened when she would lose a driver that she would attend their funeral in respect for them.

Janice was a member of the Faith United Methodist Church in Hutchinson where she was the pianist for the church choir. She loved being with the choir every Wednesday night for practice as well as for services. She also taught piano lessons for beginners, spoiling them with candy and brownies if they had a good lesson.

Janice was a wonderful mother, raising her daughter with so much love. She made sure she was at all her dance lessons, dance recitals and contests since she was 3 years old. Kristen was given the best birthday parties which she truly enjoyed planning. It was evident what a strong bond they had with each other. She always let her daughter know, “I love you more than my luggage”! She would always sing “You are my sunshine” to Kristen and she replied, “MOM!” and mom kept singing.

Janice and her sister, Glenna, had a stronger bond after the death of Janice’s husband. They looked to each other through good times and bad. They had their daughters three months apart and learned from each other, which was comical, most times!

Janice was also very close to her nieces, Jenna and Sydney. She would always have a care package for them when they left for college. She cared for them like her own daughters.

Janice was a competitor. She loved the game of golf especially with Steve. They traveled to many golf courses together and Janice always tried to beat him, but that was seldom the outcome! She and Steve would play Scrabble for a nickel a letter. Janice would save her nickels and put them in a “travel” fund. She also put whatever money she saved in coupons at the grocery store into the fund. They loved to travel. After Steve’s death, Janice continued to travel as that was what Steve would have wanted. Janice and Kristen traveled together to places such as Hawaii, Coronado Island, New York and California, to name a few. She wanted to take Kristen to Ireland before all the red heads became extinct! Janice was so thrilled to be able to go to Italy and Greece with wonderful friends.

About five years ago, just like her family did in the 60’s and 70’s, Janice, Kristen, her parents, sister and nieces took a Christmas vacation to Florida and stayed at the same motel they stayed at before. Needless to say, it had changed a lot and they only stayed one night before finding a better one! It especially meant a lot to her father that he had this special time as family.

Beginning on their wedding weekend, Dan and Thea Walstrom held a party after the wedding.  This tradition continued and they have hosted an annual Memorial Day Party that has been going on now for 30 years with the McPherson gang. With the exception of the years Steve and Janice were in Minnesota, they were present.  We saluted Steve at our 9th party.  Janice continued to rarely miss a Memorial Weekend.  Her constant smile and laugh was a fixture.  She was either instigating a joke or a story about someone only to receive the full brunt of teasing from the entire group.  She loved it all and we all loved her.  It was a tight knit group that was never broken. The annual event will never be the same without our dear friend, and on the 31st year, we will salute her.

The Birthday Club was formed years ago with her friends, Margie Lundmark, Terri Smith, Ellen McCarley and Debbie Dogotch. There was always a theme that they followed. One year, for Ellen’s birthday, a Beach Party was the theme and they had live lobsters flown in from Maine, had lobster races and then cooked them! Other years they traveled to Napa Valley, Las Vegas and Kansas City. Once they had The Strand in Hutchinson all to themselves and were pampered with facials, pedicures, manicures and everything that went with that! The only male they would allow at their parties was Dirk the inflatable doll. Dirk even sat in Janice’s golf cart for her birthday golf outing.
Janice always had a smile and an infectious laugh that will be long remembered. She was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She was compassionate, caring, giving, loving and a great listener as well.

Janice passed away on February 7, 2009 in Hutchinson, Kansas as a result of a house fire. She will be truly missed by all of her family, friends and those that she touched.
We can all find peace that Janice and Steve are together again looking down and smiling and how proud they are of their daughter, Kristen and the woman she has become.

Surviving members of her family include her daughter, Kristen Jukes, of Topeka, Kansas; her parents Bill and Mary Ida Loewen of McPherson, Kansas; her sister Glenna Balsick of McPherson, Kansas; her mother-in-law Darlene Jukes of McPherson, Kansas; two nieces Sydney and Jenna Balsick both of McPherson, Kansas; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Steven L. Jukes and her father-in-law, Norman Jukes.

The funeral service will be conducted by Reverends Ron Kite and Brent Clayton at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Hutchinson Kansas. The Faith United Methodist Choir will sing “Power of Your Love”. Linda Mann will be the pianist. “Unforgettable”, by Natalie Cole and “The Promise” by Tracy Chapman will be played. “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan will be sung by Michelle King.

The final resting place will be the New Gottland Lutheran Church Cemetery with committal services conducted by Pastor Les Cantrell.

Dan Walstrom Mark Krehbiel Cameron Kaufman
Scott Paulseen Lane Bomberger Charlie Bates David King

Tony Steffes Alan Balsick

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels of Reno County, Faith United Methodist Church, or the Hutchinson Fire Department, all of Hutchinson, Kansas, in care of Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid Street, McPherson, Kansas 67460.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 from 4 to 7 p.m. with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at Glidden-Ediger Chapel in McPherson, Kansas.

Posted By Jr. Lipps on 18 February, 2009
Glenna, I am sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. I have enjoyed talking with you and if you ever need to talk, I am a fair listener. Take care and God Bless

Posted By Gwen Swanson on 15 February, 2009
I'm so saddened to hear of Janice's passing. Steve and her were two of my favorite people. I still miss him, and will equally miss Janice. Kristen, you had two beautiful parents who totally loved you. Blessings to you.

Posted By Rod Miller on 14 February, 2009
Glenna, Bill and Mary Ida,

Just received the notice from Karen re:Meals on Wheels and I am filled with unspeakable sorrow in the loss of your sister and daughter, and my childhood neighbor and classmate. My memories of her are many but the one which gives me much joy is her gift as a pianist. I had planned to share that with her this August and to honor her for using it to inspire and bless so many. One day she will accompany all of us once again in worship to our Lord- forever. God bless you, Janice.-- Rod Miller, Gilroy, CA

Posted By Cindy Miller-Leech on 12 February, 2009
Dear Glenna and Family,

Much love and sympathy being sent your way in this difficult time. May Janice's spirit and loving kindness give you peace.

Posted By Lee Corber Jr on 12 February, 2009
Kristen, I am sorry for you and your family's loss. My prayers are with you.

Posted By Jessica Lemen on 12 February, 2009
Words alone can not express enough our heartfelt sorrow at your loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. With our deepest sympathy,
Steve, Carol, & Jessica Lemen

Posted By Paula Carpenter on 11 February, 2009
So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take comfort in knowing she is in heaven watching over all of you.

Posted By SANDY STAPLETON on 11 February, 2009
I just wanted you to know that you ALL are in my prayers as you go through this difficult time. God bless you all. I'm SO sorry for your loss. Your friend, Sandy Hapgood Stapleton

Posted By Georgia McGonigle on 11 February, 2009
Kristen, I have fond Wiley School memories of you & your mom. She was a great lady. My prayers are with you.

Posted By pam pjesky on 10 February, 2009
bill,mary ida, and glenna
so sorry for your great loss.
my prayers are with you.

Posted By Sterling & Debbie Larson on 10 February, 2009
Life shouldn't have to end this way. I remember the time she moved to Minneapolis. Steve was working and I had the day off and showed Minneapolis to Janice. She was such a fun person, and a friendship began that day. We had many great and happy times with Janice & Steve. It is those great memories that we will keep in our hearts.

Posted By Vicki and Bill Manuel on 10 February, 2009
Kristen and Glenna,

We are heartbroken hearing the news of your mother and sister. The last time we saw Janice was about 5 years ago when we moved from Hutchinson. Janice always made us smile and laugh, and we have many good memories of time shared with her. You are in our prayers.

Posted By Jonette (Crow) Yost on 10 February, 2009
So sad to hear about Janice. She used to come into Peques when I worked there. Always had a smile on her face. My prayers are with you and your family.

Posted By tom & jill tangney on 10 February, 2009
it has been many years since we've roamed the streets of Robbinsdale, Mn. with Steve & Janice. we miss you both every day, but remember the smiles and kindness you both radiated.

Posted By Cris Dosch on 10 February, 2009
Kristin, Wade and I are devastated about your loss.. our hearts go out to you and your family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Be strong. With our deepest sympathy, Cris, Joe, Wade and Nick Dosch

Posted By Patty and Ron Ward Gade on 09 February, 2009
Janice was a great friend to my sister Debbie. We so enjoyed Janice on our Ward family trips. Be strong Kristen---your mother was a fun lady with an infectious laugh. We are thinking of you and your mother's girlfriends at this time of such great loss.

Posted By Frankie Craig on 09 February, 2009
Kristen, the Craig Family would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Janice was such a wonderful person, we will miss her greatly.

Posted By Shari Eichman on 09 February, 2009
Glenna and Family, All of our
thoughts and prayers are with
you. Such a sad and difficult
time, we will be thinking of you
Glenna!!! The Eichman, Gard and
Hagemann Families

Posted By Ann McCue on 09 February, 2009
Glenna, I am Ed McCue's wife (son of Ethan and Mildred Haag McCue). Though we have never met, I lost my little sis to cancer five years ago and my heart goes out to you. Ed and I are sorry for your loss.

Posted By Cathie Poje on 09 February, 2009
Glenna and your mom and dad,

Sorry I cannot be there - you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Janice was a great gal - - director of Meals on Wheels. Sure into human services....

Posted By Jennifer Haag-Schmidt on 09 February, 2009
Our prayers are with your family. God bless you all,
Jennifer Haag-Schmidt and family (Charlie and Marie Haag's daughter)

Posted By Renee Smith on 09 February, 2009
Glenna, Just want you to know that I am thinking of you and your family. You are in my prayers.

Posted By Leslie (Colyn) Scoby on 09 February, 2009
Dear Glenna and family,
I am so sorry! I know your sister was so extra special to you. Tell Kristin that I knew both her mom and dad in high school and from knowing them, she must be a special girl. I will say prayers for all of you. Lean on Him!! Love, Leslie

Posted By Frank & Kathy St. Lawrence on 09 February, 2009
Janice will be missed. It is surprising to think of the time that has passed since we last saw Janice. We’ll not forget her smile and laughter. It was always a joyful occasion to spend time with Janice and Steve when they lived in Minnesota. What great memories we have of our times with them. Kristen our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you and all of Janice’s family and friends.

Posted By Andrew West on 09 February, 2009
Kristen and family,
Janice was an awesome piano player and a very happy lady. I will miss her alot.

My Prayers are with you during this loss.

Posted By Merry Persinger on 09 February, 2009
Glenna, Bill & Mary:
Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Posted By Rosemary Pyke on 09 February, 2009
Although it's been twenty years since I saw Janice, she and Steve have always remained in my heart as very special people. I have many happy memories of good times spent in Minnesota. Rest in Peace, Janice. Deepest Sympathy to all the family and friends.

Posted By Jodi Powell Harold on 09 February, 2009
Glenna,I am so sorry to hear about Janice. What a sweet gal. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted By Rosemary Pyke on 09 February, 2009
Although it's been twenty years since I saw Janice, she and Steve have always remained in my heart as very special people. I have many happy memories of good times spent in Minnesota. Rest in Peace, Janice. Deepest Sympathy to all the family and friends.

Posted By Ingrid Webster on 09 February, 2009
My dear Glenna,
I am so sad to hear of your sister's untimely passing. Sisters are very special people. If she was anything like you, she must have been a sweetheart. Please know that I am praying for you and your family.

Posted By Brent W. Weeks on 09 February, 2009
It has been many years since I've seen all of you but that doesn't lessen the impact of learning such sad news. It seems like only yesterday since I heard that laugh and saw that smile that brightened the lives of so many souls. My deepest sympathy goes out to you.

Posted By Cheryl Odell on 09 February, 2009
Kristen, our sympathy goes out to you..your mother was a very dear friend of mine and will be truley missed.

Posted By Angie Ely on 09 February, 2009
Janice was a very special person & will be missed so much. We just shopped for purses together at Dillards 2 weeks ago. The baby shower she & Glenna had for me in her sun room was a very special & cherished time. She had an amazing personality and I will forever hold her close to my heart. All of you are in my prayers.

Posted By Sky, Debbie & Slade Templeton on 09 February, 2009
Kristen, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please accept out heartfelt condolences at this difficult time and we ask you to please pass our sentiments on to you family. With sympathy, Sky, Debbie & Slade Templeton

Posted By Jeff and Zane Jackson on 09 February, 2009
Our heartfelt sympathies to Kristen and the rest of the family. Janice was a very special person that we enjoyed during the girl's dance routines and later playing golf together at the Highlands. She is and will continue to be missed by many.

Posted By Paulette Tuckner on 08 February, 2009
From the first time I met you until the last email I received Friday night you have been the best friend ever. You were always there for me, I have so many fond memories of our trips and chats. We always seemed to find humor in something. My sympathy to Kristen, her family and many friends she has. I'll miss you...

Posted By Tom and Pat Jones on 08 February, 2009
We are very sad to hear of the loss of Janice. We loved her and will miss her. We had many wonderful times with the Jukes when they were in Minnesota. Our sympathy and heartfelt best wishes for the family and many friends she has.

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