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Wenona Janssen


Wenona Ella Janssen, 102, of Kingsley, passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at Kingsley Specialty Care.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moville, Iowa. The Rev. Barb Spaulding will officiate. Burial will be in Kingsley Cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, with the family present 5-7 p.m., at Johnson-Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. Visitation will resume from 10 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the church. Expressions of sympathy may be directed through

Wenona Ella Miille was born on December 29, 1913, in Newcastle, Nebraska, the daughter of Albert and Agnes (Becker) Miille. She attended country school until the tenth grade. She then graduated from Newcastle High School in 1931.

Following school, Wenona took a position as a nanny in Sioux City.It was in Sioux City that she met Clifford Charles Monk. They were married on January 9, 1936.

They farmed northeast of Sioux City for a few years prior to moving to Moville. They continued farming near Moville, and Wenona worked as a nurses’ aide at St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City.  Clifford passed away September 12, 1960, and Wenona moved into Moville.

Wenona worked at the Moville school as a cook for a few years. She married Roy L. Janssen on July 3, 1965 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moville. They also farmed near Moville until retirement.  In 1992, Wenona and Roy moved to Kingsley. Roy passed away on February 8, 1999.

In February, Wenona moved to Kingsley Specialty Care.

Wenona was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Moville.  She was active in quilting, the Woodbury County Fair, and gardening, and she liked to sew Barbie doll clothes.

She is lovingly remembered by her daughters, Marlene and Jerry Witt of Lawton, Iowa, and Linda and Chet Davis of Kingsley; a daughter-in-law, Jan Monk of Sioux City; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Steve (Janet) Witt and Tamas, Cheryl Witt, Kelli (Dave) Barngrover, Chauncey, Zach (Jami), Megan and Emalynne, Jason (Carmen) Monk, Henry and Sam, Staci (Bruce) Nelson, August and Lovisa, Shannon (Joe) Phelan, Samantha (Blake) Headley, C.J. and Lee, Heather (Mike) Vos, Rachael and Reagan, Shelby (Cole) Harvey, Jacob, Bradi and Josh, and Heath Davis; two sisters, Ruby Metzger of northern California and June Sherman of Vermillion, South Dakota; a brother, Melvin Miille of Ocean City, Maryland.; a sister-in-law, Pauline Miille of Omaha; several stepchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Clifford and Roy; a son, Wade Monk; a sister, Nora; and brothers Walter, Arnold, Nels and Gilbert.

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