Janet Elwick, 98, died Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Windsor Manor. A Celebration of Janet's Life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Vinton Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jessica Crane-Munoz officiating. Visitation will be held from
3 p.m. until service time. Janet deeded
her body to the University of Iowa for scientific research.
Janet was born May 29, 1920, in Vinton, Iowa, the daughter of S. G. "Boler" and Florence "Flossie" Taylor Bolenbaugh. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Vinton in 1937. Following graduation, Janet worked for a local veterinarian and at JC Penney.
On Jan. 14, 1939, Janet was united in marriage to Keith D. Elwick in Kahoka, Mo. The couple farmed together in the Vinton area. In later years, they enjoyed traveling the world, wintering in Naples, Fla., and the Caribbean island of Bequia. In January 2018, this devoted, loving couple celebrated their 79th wedding anniversary.
Janet was a longtime, active member of Vinton Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed playing cards, particularly bridge, golfing, swimming, fishing, gardening, cooking, reading mysteries, completing crossword puzzles and needlework. She also enjoyed journaling and chronicled most of her life. The most important aspect of her life was family, and she especially loved spending time with them at their cabin in Guttenberg.
Janet is survived by her husband, Keith Elwick, of Vinton; her children, Jean (Don) Lewis, Mike (Cindy) Elwick, John (Pauline) Elwick and Kathy (Jerry) Blank, all of Vinton; one sister, Ruth Dulin, of Vinton; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and foreign exchange students and special friends, Tony Briceno of Costa Rica and Daisy "Dolly" Davy of Boynton Beach, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Orlando "Buzz" Bolenbaugh and Mary Bolenbaugh.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Vinton Presbyterian Church or the Vinton Public Library.
Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home is caring for Janet and her family. Condolences may be left at www.vsrfh.com.