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Janice Moss

Janice R. “Jan” Moss, 91, a longtime resident of the Iowa City area, died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. There was a time of visitation following the services. Private interment services were held at Memory Gardens Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 23.
Janice Ruth Gilbert was born May 21, 1923, in Prairie City, the daughter of George R. and Kate (Hess) Gilbert. She attended Prairie City schools where she played and excelled in girls basketball. Following graduation from high school she attended the State University of Iowa in the Nursing Program. While here she enjoyed basketball in the Iowa City Recreation League. It was here at the University that she met, Kenneth A. Moss, who she would marry on Sept. 4, 1943. A marriage that spanned nearly 70 years. The couple made their home in Iowa City, on a dairy farm north of town. Ken took care of the farm while Jan took care of the family and home. But she also enjoyed working outside the home, first for friends for a number of years at Varsity Cleaners, and then later for over 30 years in the OB-GYN Clinic at the University Hospitals, taking care of “Jan’s babies.”
Those close to Jan, and even those who were just acquaintances, knew a meticulous, intelligent, frugal, sincere, persistent, passionate and compassionate woman. She was all of this when it came to her family, her jobs, her travels around the world, her card games of bridge and euchre, her gardens of flowers and vegetables and of course the Iowa Hawkeyes. Just hours before her death, she asked her family if the Iowa women’s team had won their game.
Jan was an active part of the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City for over 70 years, a member of the West Lucas Farm Bureau Women, the President’s Club at the University of Iowa and a staunch supporter of the Iowa Athletics through the Kenneth and Janice Moss Scholarship Fund which supports a new student athlete each year. She and her husband Ken were founding Members of the Iowa City Athletics Boosters Club.
Her family includes her four children; David (Janet) Moss of Lafayette, Colo.; Stephen (Sonya) Moss of Iowa City; Sharon (Darwin) Thirtyacre of Iowa City; and Jerry Moss (Teri Blume) of Tiffin; 10 grandchildren, Brad (Jayme) Moss, Jason (Danielle) Moss, Katie (Rich) Coffman, Stephanie Moss, Stacy (Luke) Zeller, Skyler Moss (Sarah), Patricia (Joe) Gleason, Jodi (Pat) Ford), Brenda (Chris) Langenberg and Jeff Thirtyacre; 15 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Nia, Jared, Madison, Sydney, Mikayla, Alec, Lena, Miles, Brody, Quinn, Sloane, Addison, Stella, Gavin and one boy to soon arrive; and great-great-granddaughter, Harper; two sister-in-laws, Donna Walkup of Coralville and Mildred Gilbert of Prairie City and brother-in-law, Harold Schenk of Hills.
Jan was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ken in 2013; and 8 brothers and sisters.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her memory to the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City. Online condolences may be sent for her family through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.