In Memory of

Janice Schmillen

March 14, 1947 - January 29, 2011
Jan Schmillen, the daughter of Harold and Margaret (Smith) Aringdale, was born March 14, 1947, in Sioux Falls SD. Much of her childhood years were spent in Marathon Iowa. On January 24, 1982, Jan was united in marriage to Dick Schmillen in Cherokee, Iowa. Following their marriage they remained in Cherokee where she diligently worked to help support her family. In the early 1980's she was the Iowa salesperson of the year for Princess House Crystal. Jan was diagnosed with scleroderma where she courageously battled the disease for over 20 years. She endured many tests, surgeries, experimental treatments, and several hospital stays including a kidney transplant in 1993. Jan was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. She loved gardening and creating beautiful landscapes. She also had amazing talent with wood working and toll painting. She had an incredible passion for all animals. She was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Margaret Aringdale; two brothers Cecil and Duane Aringdale. Survived by husband Dick Schmillen, Cherokee Iowa; sister Julie McGee, Orange City Iowa; brother LaVern Aringdale, Charles City Iowa; daughter Shelly Stacey, husband Mike, Lincoln Nebraska; their 2 children Sarah Stacey, Omaha Nebraska & Ashley Bennett, husband Tony, and great grandchild Jack, Omaha, Nebraska; son Stacy Sassman, wife Jen, their children Emily and Abby, Waverly, Iowa; son Curtis Schmillen, wife Laurie their children Ellie, Emma ,and Sam, Cottage Grove Minnesota; daughter Kristy Schmillen and son Kaleb, Newport, Minnesota. All memorials received will be donated to the Scleroderma Foundation, in Jan's memory.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
Pastor James Steen
Visitation will begin at 3:00 P.M. Monday, with the family present from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
"Amazing Grace" "In The Garden" by the congregation
At a later date


Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. May 'the God of all comfort' (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) comfort and soothe your heart. His promises, found in the Holy Scriptures, can offer much hope. It assures us at John 5:28,29 that our loved ones will be remembered and brought back to life in the resurrection. Please allow God's Word to strengthen you and help you to endure this most difficult time.
Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My thought's and prayer's to your family. I have many fond memories of Jan growing up and she will be truely missed.”
- Scott and Robin Jahn
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Dick, Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Steve Fassler”
- Steve Fassler
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Dick and all your family, I haven't seen you for so many years and I am so sorry to hear of the death of your wife, Jan. I hope you are well and that your family is close by to be with you. My deepest sympathy to you all. Shirley”
- Shirley A, (Schmillen) Brickman
Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.Jan was a very strong and couragous woman.So many great memories growing up since our families were close.So very sorry for your loss.”
- Chad M Berg
Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of Jan's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.”
Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“I so regret I didn't connect with Jan this year.....My time spent with Jan will always be remembered as some of the best 'therapy' sessions the two of us had! I loved her wit and admired her many talents. Her delicious food has been repeated in my own household over and over again always with a fond recounting of time spent with Jan during her treatments. The woodworking of Jan & Dick will always have a place in my home and the love she had for you Dick, her children and grandchildren was heartwarming. Wishing you all my deepest sympathy and praying for you. I will try to make it tomorrow if the weather permits but if not, I will be thinking of you all. I would love to see/meet you all. (from her home dialysis partner)”
- Jacki S Kilstrom
Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of the passing of our neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.”
- Clarence & Koreen Anderson
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