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Janice Schmillen

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Janice Schmillen
Janice Schmillen of Cherokee, age 63, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at her residence in Cherokee. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee with Pastor James Steen officiating. Burial will take placeat a later date. Visitation began at 3 p.m. on Monday, with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. The Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.greenwoodfuneral.com.

Jan Schmillen, the daughter of Harold and Margaret (Smith) Aringdale, was born March 14, 1947, in Sioux Falls S.D. Much of her childhood years were spent in Marathon, Iowa. On Jan. 24, 1982, Jan was united in marriage to Dick Schmillen in Cherokee.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 woodworking 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; sister Julie McGee, Orange City; brother LaVern Aringdale, Charles City; daughter Shelly Stacey, husband Mike, Lincoln Neb.; their two children Sarah Stacey, Omaha, Neb. and Ashley Bennett, husband Tony, and great grandchild Jack, Omaha, Neb.; son Stacy Sassman, wife Jen, their children Emily and Abby, Waverly; son Curtis Schmillen, wife Laurie their children Ellie, Emma and Sam, Cottage Grove, Minn.; daughter Kristy Schmillen and son Kaleb, Newport, Minn. All memorials received will be donated to the Scleroderma Foundation in Jan's memory.