Janice Marie Carpenter
Janice Marie Carpenter, 84, died Thursday, March 21, 2019, at her son's home in Florida after a short illness, surrounded by her loving family. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Lensing Funeral Home, Iowa City. A private burial will follow at Aspen Grove Cemetery in Burlington, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Iowa Public Radio or 350.org.
Janice Marie Carpenter was born on March 19, 1935, in Russell, Iowa. She was the daughter of Everett and Zella M. (Sutton) Carpenter. Her family moved to West Burlington and she attended and graduated from Burlington schools. Janice was married to Floyd Wagoner and she gave birth to their sons, Bradley and Gregory. In 1963, they moved to Springfield, Ill., and returned to Burlington in 1968. She later was married to Mervin Smith. They resided in Burlington, where she worked at Doebele-Massner Petersen.
In 1986, Janice moved to Iowa City, where she made her home for over 30 years. She worked for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as an administrative assistant in the radiology department from 1988 to 1998. Janice traveled often with family and friends, notably to China, Turkey, Costa Rica, Alaska, Morocco and much of Europe, with favorite destinations of Italy, Ireland and Spain. She was an avid and discerning enthusiast of the arts, politics and cultural events. She loved classical music and performances at Hancher Auditorium, where she volunteered regularly. Janice loved to garden and was involved with Project Green. She was active in 100 Grannies, a climate advocacy organization, and also volunteered at her church, Zion Lutheran. Janice rode RAGBRAI with Bradley and his family multiple times, and was very active in her granddaughters' lives.
Janice is survived by her dear sons, Bradley (Sue) Wagoner of Celebration, Fla., and Gregory (Rosa) Wagoner of Chicago; her darling granddaughters, Erin (Kirk) Hansen of Moline, Ill., and Stephanie (Daniel) Kimball of Washington, D.C.; precious great-granddaughter, Zella Mae Kimball; sister-in-law, Bonnie Carpenter of Wilmington, Del.; and brother, Everett Larry (Gretel) Carpenter of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Janice was preceded in death by her mother, Zella, and father, Everett; and by her brother, Edwin Duane Carpenter.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lensingfuneral.com.