Janis “Jan” Means
Janis “Jan” Means
Aug. 18, 1933- Sept. 26, 2018
Janis “Jan” Means, 85, of Columbus, died Sept. 26, 2018, at Prairie Village in Columbus.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 at Peace Lutheran Church with Rev. Cory Burma and Rev. Michael Klatt officiating. Private family inurnment will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in rural Columbus. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at Gass Haney Funeral Home, and will continue from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Friday at the church. Memorials may be directed to Peace Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.
Jan was born on Aug. 18, 1933, to William and Ella (Fittje) Grotelueschen in Columbus. She was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church. She graduated from Kramer High School in 1950. On June 1, 1952, Jan was united in marriage to Willis “Bill” Means in Columbus, and they recently celebrated 66 years of marriage. They were charter members of Peace Lutheran Church.
Jan was employed at the Columbus Telegram for several years, and worked as a secretary at the Army base during their residence at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. She also worked as a secretary and bookkeeper at Irrigation Pump Company in Columbus for 12 years. When the couple resided in Norfolk for eight years, Jan worked as a part-time bookkeeper for Norfolk Medical Group. She was involved in many church activities at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Norfolk. Upon retirement, Jan and Bill enjoyed many camping trips together, as well as golfing and playing bridge.
Jan is survived by husband Bill Means of Columbus, son Douglas Means of Columbus, sister Joyce Holtkamp of Columbus, nephews Russell Dicke of Columbus, Gerald (Brenda) Dicke of Columbus, niece Jean Bradley of Columbus, brothers-in-law Norman Bohl of Stanton, James Baeece of Creighton; great nieces and nephews.
Jan was preceded in death by parents William and Ella Grotelueschen; sisters Ruth Ann Grotelueschen, Evelyn (Richard) Nelson, Verna (Ernest) Dicke; and nephew Ricky Nelson.
Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com