Janet Fessler

Janet Fessler, 82, of Perry, passed away Sunday, September 30, 2018 at the Rowley Masonic Community in Perry, Iowa. 

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Rippey United Methodist Church in Rippey with visitation starting at 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery at Perry. 

Janet Kay Fessler, daughter of Paul Holmes and Ferne States Holmes, was born on July 14, 1936 in her parent’s farmhouse northeast of Rippey, Iowa. She lived in the same farmhouse until her marriage. She was a “tom boy” much preferring ball, bicycles and skating over dolls. She was an accomplished musician playing the baritone horn and especially loved playing basketball. On December 18, 1954 she was united in marriage with Jerald Lee Fessler at the Rippey United Methodist Church. They were later blessed with three children: Brenda, Clark and Bryan.  

Janet and Jerald lived in several trailer parks in Des Plaines and Belvidere, Illinois where Jerald worked as a telegrapher for several railroads. They returned to the Fessler family farm in Iowa in 1959.  Janet was a homemaker and kept busy with the numerous activities of the children as they grew up. She was a skilled seamstress, a great cook, and enjoyed music, spending time with her family and friends, golfing, six on six girls basketball, traveling and other needlecrafts. Janet also enjoyed keeping family history records. She frequently corresponded with numerous family and friends far and wide through letters and sent greeting cards for many occasions. 

Janet is survived by a daughter, Brenda Dobson (Russ) of Elkhart; two sons, Clark Fessler (Lisa) of Perry and Bryan Fessler (Debbie) of Muscatine; seven grandchildren: Brittany Jungck (Michael), Nathan Dobson (Jamie), Casey Fessler-Marshek, Jared Fessler, Jill Godby (Seth), Jenna Richards (Zack) and Taylor Cullum; eight great-grandchildren: Wyatt, Silas and Moses Jungck, Jayden Cullum, Olivia Marshek, Aria Dobson, Daisy Godby and Violet Fessler; two sisters, Marilyn John of Ankeny and Cheryl Gardiner of Newton; one sister-in-law, Mary Jane McDowell of Copperas Cove, Texas; along with other family and friends.

Janet was preceded in death by her husband, Jerald; her parents, Paul and Ferne; brother-in-laws, Leonard McDowell and Ivan John; daughter-in-law, Ellen Fessler and her father and mother-in-law, Clark and Georgiana Fessler.

Memorials will be given to Rippey United Methodist Church and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Online condolences may be sent at www.carrisfuneralhome.com. 

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