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Janet M. VanAuken

December 24, 1935 ~ June 28, 2020 (age 84)

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Janet M. VanAuken, 84, of Salix, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at Burgess Health Center, Onawa, Iowa.

A Celebration of Life Visitation will be 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Sunday, July 19, 2020 at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Salix, IA. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service, Onawa, Iowa.

Janet Mae VanAuken was born December 24, 1935 in Onawa, Iowa the daughter of Ira and Leta “Tootsie” (Gulick) Copple. She grew up near Salix, Iowa and graduated from Salix High School in 1953.

She operated VanAuken Landscaping and Elmwood Flower Shop in Sioux City, Iowa for several years. She then worked as a security guard for Mid American and MCI, where she later retired.

Janet enjoyed spending time with all of her family, especially her grandkids. She also enjoyed her many flowers, and watching the beautiful hummingbirds.

She is survived by her children, Cindy VanAuken of Salix, Iowa, Brad VanAuken of Apache Junction, Arizona, Jane (Bob) Brouillette of Salix, Iowa, and Tracy (Deb) VanAuken of Mineola, Texas; grandchildren, Keaton VanAuken of Apache Junction, Arizona, Jamie (Andrew) Kepner-Conley of Salix, Iowa, Kyle (Austyn) Brouillette of Lacey, Washington, Brandon Kelly of Windsor, Colorado, Amanda VanAuken of McKinney, Texas, and Dylan VanAuken of Mineola, Texas; great-grandchildren, Easton Kepner, Joseph Conley, Dalton Kelly, Errol Brouillette, and Lincoln Brouillette; siblings, Sally (Don) Maddox of Yankton, South Dakota, Ronnie (Bev) Copple of Sloan, Iowa, Sharon (Bill) Johnson of Sloan, Iowa, Twila Copple of Sloan, Iowa, and Gil (Vicky) Copple of Sioux City, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira and Leta “Tootsie” (Gulick) Copple; two brothers, Jack and Bennie Copple; and one great-granddaughter, Violet Brouillette.

Condolences may be left online for the family at www.rushfamilycareservice.com

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Celebration of Life Visitation
July 19, 2020

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
St. Joseph Parish Center
510 Tipton Street
Salix, IA 51052

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