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Cora Jans, 87

The Akron Hometowner of Akron, Iowa

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Cora Jans of Hawarden formerly of Akron passed away Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, at Hillcrest Health Care in Hawarden.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 16 at Westfield Congregational UnitedChurch of Christ in Westfield. Pastor Barb Ross officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Akron. Carlsen Funeral Home - Schroeder Chapel in Akron was in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through

Cora Evylin Ross was born Nov. 1, 1922, on a farm near Merrill, IA, the daughter of Fred C. and Gertrude M. (Thomas) Ross. She attended country school in Plymouth County, IA and later high school in Westfield. She graduated from Westfield High School.

Cora was united in marriage to Karl Jans on Nov. 11, 1944, in Sioux City. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to California while Karl served in the armed forces during WWII. After his service, they returned to the area and moved to Akron. Cora was a devoted homemaker for her family. She also did interior painting for many residents in the area. Cora was also a bus driver for the Akron school district and later Akron-Westfield school district for over 30 years. In 1994, they moved to Hawarden. Karl passed away in September of 2001. Cora continued to make her home in Hawarden.

She was a longtime member of the Westfield Congregational United Church of Christ in Westfield. She was also a member of the Akron and Vermillion Saddle Club for many years. Cora loved the outdoors, especially horseback riding and camping. She had a great love for playing and singing music. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her three children, Jerry Jans of Sioux City, IA, Janice Gifford and her husband, Bill of Sioux City, and Jason Jans and his wife, Sharon of Hawarden; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Johnson of Akron; a brother, Claude Ross of Oregon; a sister-in-law, Vera Ross of Akron; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Karl; and two brothers, Virgil and Lorne Ross.

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Original Publication Date: January 20, 2010

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