In Memory of

Janelle Gaye Saunders

June 22, 1935 - August 15, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Janelle Gaye Saunders

Janelle Gaye Saunders

Born: June 22, 1935
Died: August 15, 2018
Age: 83

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Janelle Gaye Saunders, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away unexpectedly on August 15, 2018 at the Avera McKennan Hospital, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  


Jan was born in Lake Park, Iowa, on June 22, 1935 to Lonnie (Tar) and Clarene Weaver (Evans).  She was married to Ben Saunders and from this union four children were born.  Mary Ann Lockey (Mark Lockey), Lonnie Saunders (Kathy Saunders), Kim Harken, Jamie Saunders (late Kari Saunders), nine grandchildren: Megan Lockey, Marlee Christoffel, Mason Lockey, Shelby Haak, Nikolas Harken, Lynde Harken, Forrest Saunders, Jessica Saunders (Corkery), Stephen Saunders, and ten great-grandchildren: Brenna, Alexia, Macie, Hunter, Cade, Gretchen, Josie, Harrison, Rosalie, and Lainey.  To her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was always lovingly referred to as ‘Kitty Grandma.”


Jan’s pride and joy were her children and in later years her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She had a passion for reading and was rarely seen without a book in her hand. 


Jan will always be remembered as a nurturing mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She will be missed. 

Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M., Friday, August 17, 2018 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Pastor John Syvertson
Forrest Saunders
Nikolas Harken
Bryan Harken
Lonnie Saunders
James Saunders
Mark Lockey
Ryan Christoffel
John Haak

Mason Lockey
Stephen Saunders
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services on Friday at the funeral home.
"Amazing Grace"
"I Can Only Imagine"
"Heaven Is Now My Home"
Soloist: Jessica Corkery-Saunders
Pianist: Ray Meyer
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 9:46 PM
“So sorry for your loss. ”
- Steve & Lucy Zimmerman
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM
“My deepest sympathies to all of you !
From the DeYoung and Olson families”
- Rhonda Olson
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 1:59 PM
“Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.”
- Joe and Sebyl Motsinger
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 12:50 PM
“My deepest sympathy during your time of lose my god make you strong and bless you all ”
- Christina Van Dyk-Ruble
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 8:01 AM
“Dave and I send our condolences and prayers We are so sorry for your loss. Wish we were there ”
- Ann Terry
Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 8:52 PM
“Lonnie and Kathy. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Hugs to you both. ”
- Sally Christensen DeLoss
Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 10:29 AM
“Jim, Jessica, Stephen and families - praying for all of you during this sorrowful time of loss. Praying for God's arms to wrap around you to provide you comfort and strength and may the memories of your mother and grandmother keep a special place in your heart. God Bless All of You. Steve and Denise”
- Steve & Denise Bogle
Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 10:29 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Grandmother. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.”
- Betty W Rover
Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 8:46 AM
“Our sympathy to Jan’s family. It is always so hard to lose a mom and grandmother. ”
- Lenny & Sandy Heerdt
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