Janis Dewey

Janis R. Dewey, 75, of Varina died Dec. 23, 2017 at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 28, at United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. Burial was in Newell Cemetery. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Janis Ruth Johnson was born June 8, 1942 in Storm Lake, the daughter of Russell L. and Dorothy (Thomsen) Johnson.

As an infant, she was baptized at Nain Lutheran Church in Newell and later confirmed in 1955 at United Methodist Church in Newell.

Growing up, she attended school in Sulphur Springs where she graduated in 1960.

On June 3, 1961, Janis was united in marriage to Melvin Leroy Dewey at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Together, they were blessed with four children: Ron, Richard, Kevin and Karla.

Janis was a former member of United Methodist Church in Newell until they closed and then she became a member of United Methodist Church in Storm Lake.

Janis worked various jobs in Newell and was the owner/operator of Fonda Flyer Café in Fonda. She also worked at Faith, Hope & Charity for nearly 20 years.

In her spare time, she enjoyed attending Municipal Band Concerts.  Throughout her life, she spent numerous hours gardening and cooking for multitudes. She was proud to plan and be apart of Sulphur Springs Annual All School Reunion. She thoroughly enjoyed making ring bearer pillows and garters for all brides in the family and millions and millions of mints for all occasions. Family was very important to Janis and she treasured being a grandma and great-grandma of blood and of love. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Ron (Kim) Dewey of Varina; Richard (Christine) Dewey of Ottawa, Kan.; Kevin (Tina) Dewey of West Des Moines; Karla (Myke) Dewey-Goings of Waterloo; grandchildren: Dustan (Sara Miller) Dewey of Omaha, Neb.; Faith (Kenneth) Balo of Varina; Michael Dewey of Varina; Christal (Corey Forsberg) of Ukiah, Calif.; Destiny (Aaron) Ellis of Ottawa, Kan.; Dillon (Jenna) Dewey of Ottawa, Kan.; Brandon (Hannah) Dewey of Pomona, Kan.; Chelsey (Sean) Tate of Kansas City, Kan.; Kayla (Brandon) Drost of West Des Moines; Craig Dewey of West Des Moines; Sami Jo Kist of Webster City; 21 great-grandchildren; brothers: Terry (Liz) Johnson of Des Moines; Tim (Sheryl) Johnson of Newell; sisters: Karen (Tom) Rice of Johnston; LeaAnn (Malcolm) McKinney of Alcester, S.D.; Deb (Dan) Bonnema of Springville; many adopted children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; extended family and many friends.

Janis was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Dewey; parents; sister, Denise Petershagen; and infant grandson, Justin Dewey.