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JaNohn Wasser

HAWARDEN, IOWA- JaNohn Wasser, age of 94 years, 11 months, and 9 days, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden, Iowa.

Funeral Service will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Hawarden, Iowa with Rev. Barb Joy officiating. Burial will follow in the Grace Hill Cemetery at Hawarden. Visitation will begin at noon Thursday, with the family present beginning at 5:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. The Porter Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to West Sioux Educational Foundation, Calliope Village, or the United Methodist Church in Hawarden.

JaNohn Wasser was born on December 30, 1921 in Newman Grove, Nebraska, the daughter of Charles and Rachel (Kaarstadt) Rosenberg. She graduated from Wayne State College. JaNohn began her teaching career at Hawarden, Iowa where she taught high school chemistry, biology, and physics. She married Hobert Wasser on December 23, 1945 at Wayne, Nebraska. They lived on the Wasser farm south of Hawarden where they began raising their 5 children. They moved into Hawarden in 1964. JaNohn returned to teaching at the Ireton junior high in 1963, before retiring after more than 20 years. Hobert died October 26, 1990.

JaNohn was very active in Hawarden activities, a community she dearly loved. She was involved at her United Methodist Church and church circle, the MIC, and the Hawarden Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store. JaNohn could always be found with her dear friend Lois Jean Dawson, working at and promoting Calliope Village.

She will be greatly missed by the people of Hawarden and her family members, her children, Chuck Wasser of Harlem, Montana, Sandra Adams and husband Steven of South Sioux City, Nebraska, Jim Wasser of Lincoln, Nebraska, Judy Reifschneider and husband Larry of Louisville, Colorado, and Jerry Wasser and wife Karon of Park City, Utah; a niece who lived with JaNohn and Hobert, Rhonda Boisvert and husband Steve of Amarillo, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

JaNohn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hobert; twin sisters at birth; 2 daughters-in-law, Sandy Wasser and Marva Wasser; and a granddaughter, Cynthia Lee Wasser.

JaNohn had a huge heart for Hawarden and the special gift for seeing the best in everyone.


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM ,Thursday, December 15, 2016
Hawarden United Methodist Church
803 13th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

Prayer Service

7:00 PM ,Thursday, December 15, 2016
Hawarden United Methodist Church
803 13th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

Funeral Service

1:30 PM ,Friday, December 16, 2016
Hawarden United Methodist Church
803 13th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

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To the Wasser family:
I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I have many great memories of your mom and dad. She will be missed.

Steve Dempsey Dec 17 2016 12:00 AM

Our sincere condolences to JaNohn's family. Such a dear lady, and one of the best teachers I had (even though I didn't appreciate it at the time!!)
May the vividness of memories keep her alive in all your hearts forever.
God Bless

Rick and Carol Salberg Dec 14 2016 12:00 AM

Mrs. Wasser was my favorite teacher. She was a wonderful part of my education. I will always remember her warm smile. My prayers are with you and your families.

Janet Jacobs-Sorum Dec 14 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Wassers - Well, I guess Mom and Rosie can finally get back to work together. Their's was a friendship perfect for Heaven! Weren't we lucky to have such remarkable, loving, unconditionally good people as mothers, guides, examples and inspiration. I have such fond of times at your farm with your dad teasing mercilessly and your mom's wonderful, warm, continence. We all loved her very much - she meant so much to our mom. Much love to all of you. I hope that despite their passings that our paths will continue to cross in the future. Your friend - Doug Dawson

Doug Dawson Dec 14 2016 12:00 AM

JaNohn was a wonderful, caring person. She had such kind words for me after the passing of my brother & sister & was genuinely concerned about me. She touched so many people's lives & will always be remembered fondly.

Marsha Brown Dec 14 2016 12:00 AM

I will always remember Mrs. Wasser and can still see her in our old classroom in Junior High. She was one of the best teachers I ever had and really made math and science come alive for me and so many others. What a wonderful teacher and person. I know how much she will be missed by her family and many friends.

Peg Juffer Dec 14 2016 12:00 AM