In Memory of

Janis Elizabeth Sieh

November 5, 1922 - December 27, 2017
From: Okoboji, IA
Janis Elizabeth Sieh

Janis Elizabeth Sieh

Born: November 5, 1922
Died: December 27, 2017
Age: 95

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Janis (Jan) Sieh was born in Omaha on November 5th, 1922 to the parents of Lester and Mildred Shoemaker. She attended North High School in Omaha, Nebraska and Omaha University prior to her employment in the Vice President’s office of the Union Pacific Railroad during the war years.

     In 1945 Jan married Paul B. Neafus, a Major in the United States Airforce. They spent their married years in the South where Paul trained pilots. He was killed in 1949 during a training mission in a B-45 jet bomber in Shreveport, Louisiana.

     On August 25th, 1951 Jan married Robert (Bob) Sieh of Spencer, Iowa. They made their home in Spencer raising their children, developing lifelong friendships, and operating their business, Sieh Farm Drainage. As Bob was retiring, they spent their winters in Harlingen, Texas. Bob passed away in November of 1982.

     While living in Spencer Jan was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter KF for 50 years and a member of the Spencer Library Board serving as president during the time the current library was built. She co-chaired the University of Iowa Crippled Children’s Clinic for many years, was president of the North School P.T.A., and served on the Camp Foster board. Jan’s hobbies included reading, being with her grandchildren, cooking, knitting, playing golf and bridge, and watching the Iowa Hawkeye and her beloved Chicago Cubs.

     In 1990 Jan built her retirement home on Des Moines Beach, West Lake Okoboji. She loved to travel and visited most of the countries of Europe and Scandinavia. She traveled by train across Canada and took many cruises including trips to Alaska, Caribbean, Hawaii, and around the tip of South America.

     Jan passed away December 27th, 2017 at the age of 95. Jan was preceded in death by her parents Lester and Mildred, her husbands Paul and Robert, her brother Donald Shoemaker, and her sister Susie Bouley.

     Left to cherish her memory are her three children: Paul (Jeanne) Sieh of Okoboji, Jim (Nancy) Sieh of Spencer, Kathy (Tim) Beachem of Okoboji; 6 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Peggy Shoemaker and close friends.

     A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In leu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Spencer Public Library and the Arnolds Park Library. 

Memorial Services will be held at a later date.


Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 5:56 PM
“Just learned today of Jan's passing. I am so sorry. Jan was a very special part of my life and my children's. We have so many wonderful memories. While she will be missed by all, I pray all family members rejoice is her life and love. ”
- Beth Kramer
Monday, January 22, 2018 at 8:19 PM
“The Sieh Family,
So sad to read about Jan's passing. As you all know she held a very special place in our hearts. She was truly a very special person. Her warmth and love was unconditional towards all. I have very special memories of our time together as I grew up. She will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you go through this time together.”
- J.P. & Kara Kramer and Family
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 12:57 PM
“Paul, Jeanne, and Sam
Sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers! ”
- Renee, Tim, Lauren, Katie and James Wernimont
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 12:16 PM
“On behalf of SHS Class of '72, we offer our condolences.”
- Annie Golden
Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:54 AM
“To all of the Sieh Family I extend my heartfelt sympathies at the loss of your Mom. She was always very kind & sweet to me. Regardless of age it's always too soon to lose a parent. Gods peace to you all. ”
- David R Chapman
Friday, January 5, 2018 at 3:59 PM
“To all in the Sieh family,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. May you find comfort with each other and in the memories you share.
Prayers to all during this difficult time.”
- Mari Lu Larson
Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7:57 AM
“Jim and family. So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.. Cherish the memories!!
- Monica Luedke
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 5:34 PM
“We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Jan's passing, she was much loved. We are grateful for the time we had with her on a visit to The Hawkeye Center last year. There will be many hard days ahead, but also, much happiness and joy in the memories you all share. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Heaven gained a classy woman!”
- Charlie & Jan Wakefield
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 2:27 PM
“Paul, Jim. Kathy, and families,
I am so very sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during the difficult days ahead. I remember the old days on First Avenue West and all the fun we had in the neighborhood, and what wonderful neighbors your parents were to my folks, especially after my dad's airplane accident. Your dad and Frank Hart came over twice a day to help turn my dad in his hospital bed, and your mother and Gretchen provided many goodies and meals for our family as my folks struggled through those tough days when he was bedridden during his long recovery. I regret that I did not get to visit again with your mom in these recent years, She was a sweet lady, and I know she will be greatly missed. Thankfully we have the eternal hope of heaven and that she is now reunited with your dad and other family and friends. God bless you and comfort you with the peace that only He can give.”
- Charlene (Smith) Radcliffe
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“Sieh Family
Sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Take care and God Bless!
Randy and Suzanne Krukow ”
- Randy Krukow
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“As my Godmother, her wise consul helped me through a critical time in my life. Her strength carried to all around her. ”
- John C Wakefield
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