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Janet Andreesen

Obituary of Janet S Andreesen

ANAMOSA, IOWA Janet Steele Andreesen, 86, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at Iowa Masonic Health Facilities in Bettendorf, Iowa, following a brief battle with cancer. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers since no public services can be held at this time. A graveside committal service will be held Friday, May 22, 2020, at Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids at 11 a.m. Central time. Rev. Wade Reddy of Wayne Zion Lutheran Church of rural Monticello will officiate. Virtual attendance is encouraged at Kramer Funeral Home Facebook Live. A Celebration of Life for Janet will be held at a later date. Janet was born February 25, 1934, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Dale and Evelyn Greenawald. As a child, she lived in Iowa, Ohio, and Utah while her father served in the Army. The family later settled in Morley, Iowa, where Janet graduated as valedictorian of Morley High School in 1952, with a class of six graduates. She enjoyed playing basketball at Morley where her high school coach was her dad. After high school, she attended St. Luke’s Nursing School in Cedar Rapids and became a registered nurse. Near the completion of nursing school, she met a young man from Anamosa who had just returned home from fighting in the Korean War: John Andreesen. They dated for about a year before they married on September 4, 1955, in Anamosa. They were married for almost 65 years and together they had five children. Janet had a lengthy nursing career working at the Anamosa Hospital, Monticello Care Center, and Anamosa Care Center where she served as director of nursing for 23 years until her retirement in 1997. Even after she retired, she continued caring for others as she did part-time nursing work for Silvercrest of Anamosa and Clarence Senior Living. John and Janet lived on their farm just east of Anamosa until 2018, when they moved to the Fountains Senior Living Community in Bettendorf. Janet was an avid supporter of her children and always attended their school events at Anamosa High School whether it was sports, band, or academics. She prided herself on getting off work on time to get to out-of-town games. Janet enjoyed traveling to visit her family and participate in family activities. She was an active member of Wayne Zion Lutheran Church and volunteered her time in church activities. Janet is survived by her husband John, son John (London, England), son Jeff (Nancy) Andreesen of Bettendorf, son Joel (Connie) Andreesen of Bakersfield, California, son Tom (Azza) Andreesen of Lake Forest, Illinois, and “fifth son” Dan (Mary Jane) Rushford of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren Connor, Sophie, Jacob, Jilian, Ben, Luke, and Valentina; siblings Carol (Jim) Hosch of Maquoketa, Tom (Mary Jane) Greenawald of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sheri Greenawald of San Francisco, California, and David Greenawald of Apple Valley, Minnesota; and numerous nieces and nephews. Janet was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Jayne, granddaughter Jayne, brother-in-law Robert, and sister-in-law Betty. A special thanks to caretakers and staff at Iowa Masonic Health Facilities, the Fountains Senior Living Community, and the Genesis Health System. Online condolences may be left for the family at Cards, letters, and memorials may be sent to Kramer Funeral Home, PO Box 791, Monticello, IA, 52310-0791.

Graveside Committal Service

11:00 am - 11:30 am
Friday, May 22, 2020
Cedar Memorial Chapel Garden
Rapids, Iowa, United States
There will be a brief service indoors and a brief pause while we go to the graveside for the committal if you are attending virtually at Kramer Funeral Home Facebook Live