Janice Marilyn Johnson, Age: 80
Apr 9, 1938 -- Oct 4, 2018


Janice Marilyn Olenius Johnson was born in the Red Oak, IA hospital on April 9, 1938, five minutes before her twin brother, James Richard, to Alice (Miller) and James L. Olenius.  (They were the first babies to occupy the hospital’s new neonatal unit; so were pictured/featured on the front page of the Red Oak, IA newspaper.)


Janice grew up on a farm with her parents, older sister, LaVaughn and brother, Jim.  At the age of 10, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  Her family always gave over-whelming support and she was continually Blessed by our Lord to help her lead a normal life style. She attended Page County country schools till middle of eighth grade when they transferred to the Villisca public schools and graduated there.  She then attended and graduated from the Northwest Missouri State College at Maryville, MO with a degree in Vocational Home Economics.  She was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority. 


She married James Martin Johnson on January 2, 1960.  Their first child, Jacki Michele, survived only one week.  They were blessed with a son, Jeffrey Marlin and daughter, Jeri Melinda.  The four members of the family had the same initials for 25 years.  Janice worked as an educational aide in the District 66 School System for 20 years, (5 hours a day) enabling her to be home with the family.  She took an active part in the Omaha DZ Sorority alum group, a Pinochle club, church groups etc.-attending many sporting events.  Janice and her husband, Jim, lived in Omaha, NE for 47 ½ years and were active members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church.  Jim worked for and retired from Northern Natural Gas.  Together, they traveled to all 50 states and enjoyed collecting various antiques. 


Because of health, they retired to Silvercrest at Deer Creek in Overland Park, KS to be near their daughter and family in 2007. 


She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James and sister LaVaughn.  She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Marlin (wife Janice, daughter Krista, her husband EZ and their children James and Jess E, son Kevin and his wife Ashley) of West Plains, MO and daughter, Jeri Melinda Gloe (husband Keith, son K.C., daughter Katelyn) of Shawnee, KS; brother, Jim Olenius and wife, Janet of Villisca, IA; nieces, nephews and many cousins.


A private family graveside service was held at Essex Cemetery in Essex, Iowa.  (Condolences may be expressed at:  www.porterfuneralhome.com  Arrangements:  Porter Funeral Homes & Crematory,  8535 Monrovia,  Lenexa, KS (913) 438-6444)



Mary A. Hansen Oct 07 ,2018

Classmate and friend ,Villisca, ,Iowa

Janice lived a joyful life with courage and gentle love and firm conviction and determination. She is an example to all of us.

Dick Brown Oct 07 ,2018

Viillisca High School Classmate & Friend ,Avoca ,Iowa

Janice was cordial and friendly person who treated others with dignity and respect. She attended our class reunions & class luncheons on a regular basis over the years. Her daughter Jeri (whom is such a nice lady) often drove her mother to our class functions in recent years whenever she could.

Carmen and Warren Johnson Oct 08 ,2018


Jerri, Jim and Janet--I'm so sorry to learn of Janice's passing. My sympathy goes out to all of you and your families. You know I think of Jan as my best friend in HS. Love, Carmen

Grant Oct 12 ,2018

I’m so sorry for your loss. What has helped me in times like this is Revelation 21:4 which says, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” I hope this will comfort you as it has me. If you need anyone to talk to, feel free to reach out to me.