Janice L. Frommelt

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Janice “Jan” Lorraine Frommelt, 93, of Guttenberg, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Saturday, Feb. 7, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 8, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Interment was at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Guttenberg.

Jan was born Feb. 10, 1921, in Guttenberg to Horace “Jack” and Josephine (Wenkstern) Dubbels. Jan enjoyed playing the tuba and basketball in her years at Guttenberg High School. She graduated as Valedictorian in 1938.  Shortly after graduation Jan started working three days a week at The Guttenberg Press, a place that became her second home for almost 37 years. She retired from The Press in 2005 due to ill health.

Jan met her future husband on a steamboat when he offered to carry her sousaphone home after a river excursion. On Dec. 14, 1945, she was married to 1st Lt. Clifford Frommelt in the Army Chapel at Camp Carson, Colo. Due to wounds Mr. Frommelt sustained in France during World War II, the couple lived in several different states for care in military hospitals.  The couple returned to Guttenberg in August of 1947 where Mr. Frommelt owned and operated Cliff’s Cash Toggery for many years before passing away on March 8, 1967.

Jan was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and was church council secretary for over 30 years.  She was an active member of the Guttenberg Book Club and the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital Auxiliary. In earlier years she served as a leader with 4-H and the Girl Scouts.

Jan was a skilled seamstress, making many garments for herself and her family.  She enjoyed crocheting, reading and flower gardening. She was a music lover, being most fond of Dixieland Jazz and Big Band music.

Some of her most memorable times were spent traveling across the country to attend Sixth Armored Division Reunions, although the most important pastime for Jan was spending time with her family.

Jan chose to make the Guttenberg Care Center her home in 2010 where the staff truly became her extended family.

Jan is survived by her three children, Karen (Frommelt) and Robert Sudmeier of Dubuque, children, Jeff and Molly Sudmeier and great-granddaughter, Eleanor of Denver, Colo., Michael and Anne Sudmeier of Jackson, Wyo., Abbie and Joel Nilles of Dubuque; Gary and Connie Frommelt of St. Louis, Mo., children, Christian of St. Louis, Rose of Chicago, Ill., Anton of Bloomington, Ind.; Jane (Frommelt) and Steven Staebler of Guttenberg, children, Docker of Cedar Falls, Jasmine and Jaderial of Guttenberg; sister-in-law, Mrs. Bud (Claire) Frommelt of Guttenberg.

Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Leonette (Frommelt) and Raymond Duwe; brother, Kermit and sister-in-law, Beverly Dubbels, and her brother-in-law, Claude “Bud” Frommelt.

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