Janice Knipp, 81, of Belle Plaine, formerly of Keystone, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at her daughter's home in Belle Plaine.
Joint graveside services for Janice, Russell and Michael Knipp will be held at
2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at St. John Cemetery in Newhall with graveside military rites for Russell. An open house will be held at the Newhall American Legion Hall following the graveside service until 4 p.m.
Janice was born on June 4, 1939, the daughter of Alfred and Viola (Werning) Koopman. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall and graduated from Newhall Public High School in 1957. Janice graduated from Paris Academy of Beauty and Young School of Beauty. On Sept. 14, 1958, Janice married Russell Knipp at St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall and they made their home in Keystone.
Janice worked as a beautician at Killian's and owned salons in Van Horne and Keystone. Following her retirement, she enjoyed doing hair at the Keystone Care Center and the Belle Plaine Care Center. Later in life, she owned and operated Jan's Machine Quilting, and was a member of the E.I.H.Q. and the Belle Plaine Quilters Club. Janice was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Keystone and the Dorcas Guild. She was a member of the Keystone American Legion Auxiliary and Benton Community Fine Arts Promoters. She enjoyed chaperoning for fine arts school trips. She and Russell were also members of the Wandering Wheels Camping Club and the Wheel and Dealer Square Dance Club.
She is survived by her children, Deb (Dennis) Nielson, Shari (Matthew Clark) Teneyck and Rodney (Teresa) Knipp; grandchildren, Adam (Greta) Nielson, Jacob (Wendy Horak) Nielson, Ben (Danielle McMenomy) Knipp, Autumn (John) Calahan, Justa (Preston Biggart) Goodwin, Dylan (Britt Grant DVM) Ehlen, Josh, Cindy and Ashley Ehlen and Austin Teneyck; great-grandchildren, Emma and Ian Nielson, Hailey Sinn and Acen Goodwin; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell, in January 2020; son, Michael Knipp; grandchildren, Bethany and Roran Clark and Wesley Teneyck; two brothers, Marlin Koopman in infancy, and Delbert Koopman; sister, Karolyn Mittman; and sister-in-law, Yvonne Koopman.
Online condolences may be left at www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com.