Janet Wehmeyer of Carrollton, Missouri, died peacefully on Mother's Day, leaving five grateful and adoring children and six grandchildren. She was a kind and gentle woman who devoted her life to her family and to teaching. She is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Kenneth Wehmeyer, and by a brother and sister: Joseph Nolte and Elma Lucile Rosebrugh.
Janet Leanah Nolte was born in Rockville, Missouri, to Joseph Martin and Edna Yeamans Nolte. She graduated from Rockville High School and Central Missouri State College, where she met her husband, Kenneth Wehmeyer. Janet taught in Higginsville and Deepwater, Missouri, before she and Kenneth married in 1945, following his Army duty in World War II. In 1951, they moved to Norborne, Missouri, where they both taught high school -- she in typing and business and he in science -- until his death in 1987 and her retirement in 1991. They eventually moved to Carrollton, Missouri, where they raised five children who survive them: Connie Wells (husband Bob) of Prairie Village, KS; Larry Wehmeyer of Carrollton; Fred Wehmeyer of Augusta, GA; Don Wehmeyer of Nevada, MO; and Rick Wehmeyer (wife Cindy) of Lake Jackson, TX.
After retirement, Janet contributed her time to leadership and service in her church and in her community, serving in the choir and in the Women's Fellowship of the church, and in several terms as president of the Carroll County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Janet is also survived by her sister, Irene Anderson of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and six grandchildren: Nathan Evert of Kansas City, MO; Bryan Evert of Overland Park, KS; Austen Wehmeyer of Orlando, FL; Zachary Wehmeyer stationed at Camp Normandy, Iraq; Daniel Wells of Prairie Village, KS; and Matthew Wells of Prairie Village, KS. She also leaves behind many friends, neighbors, and past students whom she remembered fondly -- usually by name -- to her very last days.
She was an exceptional person -- not in status or wealth -- she put her family and students first, herself last, and God in all things.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at St. Luke's United Church of Christ in Grand Pass, Missouri. Burial was in Mt. Nebo Cemetery, Grand Pass, Missouri.
Visitation was from 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Gibson Funeral Home, Carrollton, Missouri.
The family suggests contributions be made to St. Luke's United Church of Christ in Grand Pass, MO. They may be left at or mailed to Gibson Funeral Home, 201 S. Main, Carrollton, MO 64633.
Condolences may be sent to the family via Gibson Funeral Homes Inc. website at www.gibsonfunerals.com and clicking on the obituaries link.
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