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Janice Huisenga

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Janice L. (Olerich) Huisenga, age 90, of Carroll passed away on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at Eden Crest Legacy in Norwalk, Iowa.

A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, at First Presbyterian Church in Carroll with the Rev. Rikki Sorensen officiating. Casket bearers will be Janice’s grandchildren. Burial will be at Carroll City Cemetery.

Those who wish may mail memorials to: The family of Janice Huisenga, c/o Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home, 705 N. Carroll St., Carroll, IA 51401.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for the family at

Janice was born Dec. 26, 1929, on her family’s farm south of Breda and was a daughter of Joseph and Caroline (Steinkamp) Reis. She grew up on the farm and attended St. Bernard High School in Breda. Janice was married to Milo Olerich Sept. 7, 1949, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breda. The couple made their home on the Olerich family farm north of Ralston. To this union were born five children: Allan, Linn, Rick, Cathy and Dean. Milo passed away in July 1965, and Janice continued to live on the farm for four years and worked for her sister-in-law Thelma Huisenga in her upholstery shop.

Janice was married to Kenneth Huisenga in August 1969 at First United Methodist Church in Carroll. To this union was born one daughter: Mary. Janice and Kenny lived on a farm northeast of Carroll, and Janice worked for Franklin Manufacturing in Jefferson. The couple later separated, and she continued to live in Carroll and managed Kentucky Fried Chicken and later worked at St. Anthony Regional Hospital as assistant dietician. Janice also worked for several years as a greeter at Walmart.

She enjoyed gardening, walking, jigsaw puzzles, antiquing and spending time with her family and friends. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Carroll.

Janice is survived by her six children and families: Allan Olerich (Jonna) of Glidden, Linn Olerich (Linda) of Indianola, Cathy Bristol (Darrel Lindholm) of Lincoln, Nebraska, Dean Olerich (Laurie) of Mundelein, Illinois, and Mary Ferden (Brian) of Norwalk; daughter-in-law Janet Olerich of Carroll; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Joe and Caroline Reis; her brothers Verdis, Mike, Delmer and Joe, and an infant brother, Unice; five sisters: Lorraine Kileen, Darnella Loneman, Betty Williams, Illame Reisberg and Karen Reis; son-in-law Larry Bristol; her husband Milo Olerich; and her son Rick Olerich in 2019.

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