Janice Carlson, 80, of St. James passed on Monday, April 30, 2018
Janice Carlson, 80, of St. James passed on Monday, April 30, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Visitation will be 4 to 8pm, Friday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and one hour before services at the church on Saturday. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5, at United Methodist Church in St. James with Rev. Clinton Firstbrook, III officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Janice Elaine Smith was born on March 27, 1938 in St. James, the daughter of Henry and Bessie (Rogers) Smith. Janice grew up in St. James enjoying gymnastics, singing and playing softball. She graduated from St. James High School in 1956. On July 6, 1957, she was united in marriage to Richard Carlson in St. James. The couple lived in West Sveadahl. Janice worked as a bookkeeper at Scherr-Tumico. Then they moved to Nicolet and she worked at the Farm Bureau and Selby Manufacturing. In 1969, they returned to St. James and she was employed at the LaSalle Elevator. Later she joined Richard with his business Northern Sign Contractors as bookkeeper. Janice was active in her church as a member of Ladies Aide, Church Circles and local extension groups. Janice loved restoring antiques, decorating their home, sewing, reading mystery novels, gardening and cooking. Janice also loved to collect dolls and belong to the Antique Doll Club. Richard and Janice were members of the Auto Restorers and Prairieland Auto Club for many years. She owned and operated an antique store, Treasures Past. She will always be remembered for her beautiful singing voice, wonderful quick wit sense of humor and her love for others. Janice is survived by her husband Richard, children: Jody Carlson, Robbe Carlson and Patrick Carlson; grandchildren: Jessica (Aaron) Greco, Holly Carlson, Jamison Carlson, Jakob Carlson, Rianna Carlson; brother: Daniel Smith, brother-in-law: Keith Weber and aunt, Ardelle Panzer. She is preceded in death by her parents, sisters: Patricia Weber, Julie Smith; brothers: Roger Smith and Derald Smith.