Janet R. VanDerveer, 71, of Conroe, Texas, formerly of El Paso, Texas, and Marshalltown, died on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at the Main St. Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Homes, in Marshalltown. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the Main St. Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Homes. Interment will be at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, in Marshalltown. Online condolences may be sent to
Janet was born on March 22, 1941, in Marshalltown, the first child of Albert I and Berneta M. (Wogan) McQuiston. She was educated in the area of her birth, graduating in 1959 from Marshalltown High School. She attended college at Drake University in Des Moines. She then went to work for the Marshalltown Times-Republican as a reporter. There she met her husband Leonard Max VanDerveer. They were married Oct. 7, 1967. They moved to the Amarillo, Texas, area. She was employed as a civilian on a SAC Air Force Base in Amarillo. They then moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. To this union was born a daughter, Shawna Rae VanDerveer. Her husband died on Feb. 8, 1979. She then moved to El Paso, Texas, to be close to family. Janet was employed in El Paso, Texas, as an adjunct instructor at El Paso Community College in the Court Reporter and English departments. She then went to work for the El Paso County Juvenile Court System as a court reporter for Judge Ligon. Janet retired from this position on Sept. 30, 2011, and moved to Conroe, Texas, to be near her daughter and family. She had a quick wit, an infectious laugh and a deep love for her family and any stray dog that was in need of some attention and a loving home. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Janet is survived by her daughter Shawna R. (Casey) Wallace, of Tomball, Texas; a grandson Stevie Wallace and two sisters: Donna (Frank) Stransky, of Conroe, Texas, and Sandra (Ken) Harms, of Wellsburg. She is also survived by two nieces, Tera Clement, of Maxwell, and Jamie Harms of Olatha, Kan., a great-nephew and great-niece and several aunts and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, grandparents and several aunts and uncles.