Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Janice Nelnet (Barrett) Meyer

After a long and debilitating battle with dementia, Jan went to be with her beloved husband, and celebrated Christmas in heaven this year.

Jan was born in Racine on February 8, 1915, one of five children of Rose (Veth) and Ralph W. Barrett.

She married the love of her life, Edward J. Meyer on September 24, 1938. Jan and ed traveled all over the world and the U.S.A.. Jan was an avid photographer. She recorded all her visits with pictures and slides including beautiful landscapes, portraits and places. She later transformed these pictures into stunning paintings. She was an accomplished watercolor and acrylic artist winning awards and recognitions for her work.

Jan was a member of The Racine Art Guild and a charter member of the first Presbyterian Church of Racine. She was also very active in the Racine Children’s Theater in the 1930s.

Jan worked as a secretary for the Business and Professional Women. Jan and Ed were devoted and patriotic Americans, coming from a long heritage of proud Americans who fought for our rights and freedoms.

Jan loved nature, entertaining guests in her home, gardening and a warm inviting fireplace to sit and relax in front of.

Her backyard was beautifully groomed and decorated with numerous flowers, bushes and sanctuaries for all kinds of birds and small critters. She cared for and enjoyed being with her friends from all over the United States as well as those in her own neighborhood. Jan lived a full life with her husband and friend, Ed, who passed away peacefully in 2003. Her parents, Ralph and Rose Barrett; her brothers, Rell and Joel Barrett; her sister, Marion Obermeyer; and their spouses as well as nieces, nephews, and grand nephews were waiting for her to come home to be with them in heaven.

Jan will always be remembered for her random acts of kindness, caring and generosity; her gift of artistic talent; her patriotism and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her, especially her sister, Betty Alford, and her children Lynn Schmidt and Laurie Alford; her nephews, Rell Barrett, his wife Sandra and their children Holly and Heather; Alan Obermeyer, his wife Judy and their family, Barrett Obermeyer, his wife, Ruth Ann and their family; her niece, Kim Moe, her husband Al and their family; and numerous other nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and many friends and helpful neighbors; in particular, Dee Craft who was there through thick and thin with Jan during her last difficult days as well as previous happy times and celebrations.

A Memorial service will held on Tuesday, December 30, 2008, at 4 p.m. with Rev. Ben Johnson-Krase officiating. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family for visitation at 3 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank all the support services including Hospice Alliance, Becker Shoop Center and numerous others who helped Jan during her last days here with us.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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