Janet Snitker

Janet L. Snitker, 83, of Waukon died Friday, March 5, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 9 at Salem United Church of Christ with Pastor Sue Klimstra officiating, and burial was in the church cemetery in rural Waukon. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

Janet Lucille Snitker was born July 27, 1937 in Waukon, the daughter of Herbert Palmer and Clara (Olson) Larsen. She was baptized and confirmed at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church, attended Jefferson #1 country school in rural Waukon and graduated from Waukon High School in 1955.

Janet met the love her life, David Snitker, at Rainbow Gardens in Waterville. They were married June 24, 1956 at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church and were blessed with five children. Janet and Dave farmed in Ludlow and Jefferson Townships for many years. They also owned and operated Dave’s Feed and Farm Supply “on the strip” in Rossville. Janet and Dave sold bins for Superior Bins that earned them two European trips.

Janet’s faith and church were very important to her; she was a member of Salem United Church of Christ and served on several committees. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and going for coffee and lunches with her lady friends. Janet was a very good cook and was known for her potato salad.

Taking great pride in her lawn, she spent many hours making sure it looked nice, which meant she always had the perfect tan in the summer. She also enjoyed playing cards, dancing, going to the boat, where she was very lucky, and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Survivors include her children: Bob Snitker, Julie (Larry) Magner, Laurie (Terry) Welch and Herb (Julie) Snitker, all of Waukon, and Jubal (Stacey) Snitker of St. Charles, MN; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; her brother, Donnie Larsen of Waukon; her brother-in-law, Duwayne (Laurayne) Snitker of Waukon; and three sisters-in-law: Betty Larsen of Waukon, Patty Snitker of New Port Richey, FL and Mary Lou Snitker of California.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David, who died in 2006; her grandson, Kevin Magner; her sister, Bernice Snitker; and two brothers, Vic and Carl Larsen.

Honorary casketbearers were Janet’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her lifelong special friends, Lois Fossum, LaVonne Hesse, Sheryl Prestemon and Carol Sivesind. Casketbearers were Bob, Herb and Jubal Snitker, Cole Welch, Carter Snitker and James Riley.

Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.

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