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Janelle Marie Schwaninger

Janelle Marie Schwaninger was born a minute after midnight on August 20, 1977 at St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska. Her parents are Phyllis (Poague) and Roger Schwaninger. Janelle was 2 years old when the family moved to 203 West Florence in Glenwood, Iowa in August, 1979. She attended a special pre-school in a little green house and Rhonda Lothrop was her teacher. Janelle began her elementary school years at Northeast Elementary, then on to Middle School and then High School. She graduated in May 1998. She loved all her special friends in her classes with Linda LaRue as her teacher.

Janelle moved to Council Bluffs in the Fall of 1998 with REM Iowa and later to an apartment with two roommates and staff. She enjoyed going out to eat, movies, bowling and being a helper at Buddy Baseball. Janelle loved to read and play her card games. She looked forward to coming home to see her family for visits and attending church with Mom and Dad. Her roommates and the staff at her apartment and REM and VODEC were very special to her. She was crowned Queen of a Valentine Dance at a Special Friends dance one year.

Janelle’s family was very important to her, especially her sisters and her nieces and nephews. She remembered everyone’s birthdays with a card and a note. She always wanted to give them a gift at Christmas to show them her love. Janelle had a beautiful smile for everyone.

Janelle left this life for a much better one in Heaven on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Council Bluffs at the age of 39 years, 7 months and 1 day. Mourning her passing are her parents, Roger and Phyllis Schwaninger of Glenwood, Iowa, sister: Bonnie (Dan) Lieberth of Chandler, Arizona, Jennifer (James) Chambers of Clarinda, Iowa and Angela (Jason) Chambers of Clarinda, Iowa. Nieces: Madeline Chambers, Hannah Lieberth and Anna Chambers. Nephews: Trevor Lieberth, Tyler Lieberth, Dillon Chambers, Alex Chambers, Jacob Chambers and Keegan Chambers. Great nieces, Isabella Lieberth, Leia and Lana Becker; aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends.

Interment will be held in the Glenwood Cemetery, Glenwood, Iowa.

Memorials may be made to the Grace United Methodist or to the family.

Visitation:Sunday, March 26, 2017
4:00 PM
212 S. Locust St.
Glenwood, IA51534

Service:Monday, March 27, 2017
11:00 AM
112 N. Walnut St.
Glenwood, IA51534

15 Condolences

  • Linda Henrikus Posted March 23, 2017 12:00 am

    Roger and Phyllis–We are certainly grieving with you, and I am sorry that Del & I won’t be at the service on Monday. We will be leaving Ottumwa, IA on that day. Blessings and peace to you. Del & Linda H

  • Debbie Gage Posted March 23, 2017 12:00 am

    Was so sorry to hear of Janelle’s passing. Sending our condolences. Debbie & Marty

  • Cara R Williams Posted March 23, 2017 12:00 am

    Jen and family, I am sorry to hear of Janelle’s passing. Please know you in our thoughts and prayers!

  • June Maddocks Posted March 23, 2017 12:00 am

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your daughter. Although I did not know her, I know she was a blessing for all of you. Love and prayers..

  • Gene, Patty, Molly Mitchell Posted March 23, 2017 12:00 am

    We are so very sorry to hear about Janelle’s passing. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless your family!

  • Elaine Barns Posted March 24, 2017 12:00 am

    I am sorry to hear of Janelle’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Kim Collison Posted March 24, 2017 12:00 am

    Roger and Phyllis my heart goes out to you on the passing of janelle’s passing.what a great young lady she was. Prayers to you and the other girls. You always welcomed my to your home like family,

  • “Aunt Loie” Posted March 24, 2017 12:00 am

    Roger and Phyllis & Girls — I am so very sorry for the Loss of Janelle. Her Little Sweet Smile will remain with me, as her Love will remain with you,and All,who knew Her.

    Thoughts and Prayers

    From Aunt Loie and The Families of Sheri, Sandy,& Kurt.

  • Nancy Holling Posted March 24, 2017 12:00 am

    Roger and Phyllis and family—I am so sorry about Janelle! Please know that my thoughts and prayers will be with you. May God give you comfort and strength during this hard time. Love to you all—Nancy

  • Carol Schramm Posted March 24, 2017 12:00 am

    Bob and I send our sincere sympathy and prayers for your family at this sad time.

  • Dale & Diane Malcom Posted March 24, 2017 12:00 am

    Roger, Phyllis & Families,

    Our deepest sympathy to your families for the loss of Janelle’s passing. She was a very sweet young lady with a lovely smile. May your happy memories help during the difficult days ahead. She was very special to be called home so soon. Blessings!

  • Carolyn Travis Posted March 25, 2017 12:00 am

    I am deeply saddened to hear about Janelle’s passing. May the joys you shared help you through your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Brenda Draper Posted March 25, 2017 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Marilynn Fidler Posted March 26, 2017 12:00 am

    Deepest sympathy to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are being up lifted. Most Sincerely, Marilynn and Butch Fidler

  • Becky and Bill Pugsley Posted March 28, 2017 12:00 am

    Phyllis and Roger and family,

    We are so sorry to learn of your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time.

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