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Jan Biekert

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Jan Biekert age 59 of Nashua, Iowa died Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the Waverly Health Center. Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the United Methodist Church in Nashua with Rev. John Tunnicliff presiding. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2016 at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home -- Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Interment will be at Horton Cemetery with Beau Biekert and Clint Biekert servings as urnbearers. Jan Biekert was born to LaVerne and Joan (Hawker) Gibbs in Manchester, IA on January 28, 1957. She spent her childhood years in Nashua eventually graduating from Nashua High School in 1975. After high school, Jan worked for Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA in the fiber glass department. At the beginning of 1976 a lifelong relationship was started when she met a young aspiring farmer from Nashua named Beryl. Through the next several months, their relationship together grew and matured and come fall 1976, they were engaged to be married. On June 18, 1977 they were united in marriage at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Nashua, to this union two children were born. After their marriage, Jan and Beryl started farming in the Nashua and Plainfield areas raising corn, soybeans, hay, and dairy. On June 13, 1980 they welcomed their son Beau into the world and on June 7, 1983, God blessed them again with their second son Clint. Through the next several years, she worked at home raising her boys, managing the farm books and serving in her church and community. In 1992, she started her career in the insurance industry working as a Secretary at the Bergman, Moeller, Reuscher Insurance Agency in rural Waverly, now People’s Insurance of Tripoli, where she would continue to work until her death. If asked if she was blessed there would be no hesitation in her answer. She took great pride in her family and friends, but was especially proud of her grandchildren. She had an enormous love for Levi, Lacy and Jesse and would take any opportunity that she could get to spend time with them, spoil them and pour her love on them. Outside of spending time with family, friends and neighbors, Jan also enjoyed gardening, traveling, and repurposing garage sale finds into various decorations and pieces of furniture. In approximately 1998, she started her battle with heart disease. She would eventually go through countless appointments, procedures, and several surgeries as she fought this battle over the years. Despite all of this she always remained positive, faithful and full of hope which is a direct result of her unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. Jan passed away on July 7, 2016, 4 days after suffering a devastating stroke. She leaves behind her husband Beryl of rural Waverly, IA; two sons Beau (Dianna) Biekert of Waverly, IA, Clint (Kate) Biekert of Dubuque, IA; three grandchildren; her parents; three siblings Terry (Connie) Gibbs, Doug (Terri) Gibbs, Lori (Dave) Green and brother in law Jim Shepherd. Her older sister Cathy Shepherd preceded her in death. Many tears have been shed, but we will never forget the legacy of love, generosity and faith that she left behind for all us to pass along to our children and grandchildren.

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  1. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Services created a video in memory of Jan Biekert

  2. Dear Beau and Dianna and Levi and Lacey: I am so sorry about the loss of this wonderful lady, whom i didn’t know but am certain, was a special person. Please accept our condolences with thoughts and prayers. Kim & Sally Beisser

  3. Beryl, Beau, Clint and Families, My heart goes out to you all. Jan was a beautiful lady inside and out. She was always a pleasure to see and visit with. I was lucky to have known her. She will be dearly missed. My deepest sympathy, Jackie Hinrichs

  4. Clint – Our sincerest sympathies to you and your entire family. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you. ~Your LR Friends

  5. So very sorry to hear this. I worked with Jan through Crop Insurance and we would talk regular about our policies and then of course family. She will be missed Linda Kahler Ag-Wise Int. Crop Insurance

  6. What a beautiful wonderful woman who always was a room mother during our elementary school days. May your family remember to carry on her love, and traditions. Thinking of you all. Maria and Preston Deike, Eric, Morgan,Madelyn and McCoy Bilharz.

  7. Jan was so sweet the few times we interacted…Beau and Dianna’s wedding, Levi’s birthday, Lacy’s birthday! An event that is devastating to us is actually joyous for her…her homecoming with Jesus! Remember that sorrow is not forever; love is. You can keep loving her for the rest of your lives! She is gone much too soon, and we send our deepest sympathies to her family. Love and Hugs, Bruce and Marilynn Buxtontf

  8. To a wonderful sister in law, friend, a special aunt to my children and grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  9. beryl my heart is with you buddy I know just how you feel.i am so sorry for the loss of the boys mother also.

  10. Prayers for Beryl and your family. Jan was a very special person to me. I always enjoyed her calls when she had a question. I always considered her as a special friend. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  11. Prayers and love to Beryl, Beau and Clint. Jan will be greatly missed, she was wonderful, beautiful and kind. God has gained a wonderful a lady. May her memories and love live on in you. Ronny and Wanda Heidemann

  12. Beryl and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I knew her well and always saw her when I would come to see my mom and dad and she was in the office working. She will be missed by all. I went to see mom today and she also wants to send her sympathy. Prayers and hugs to all of you from mom and myself. Leone Bergmann and Mary Heinemann

  13. The Schilling Family Alice, Dave and Deb & family purchased the Basket of Joy for the family of Jan Biekert.

  14. Beryl and family-I am so sorry to read of Jan’s passing. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. May your wonderful memories bring you peace in the days and months ahead. Take care!

  15. Jan’s legacy will live on through her two sons and grandchildren. We are so grateful for Clint (and now Jesse) and we promise to keep her memory alive within them forever. They are lucky to have a special guardian angel to watch over them now. Our deepest condolences are with Beryl, Beau, Clint and their families. Laura and Kevin McTague

  16. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,Jan was always proud of her family .It was always fun to visit with her at family reunions! We know what a loss your going through ,know your our prayers. Mitchell and Terri Iserman Minneapolis Mn

  17. My heart goes out to the Biekart and Gibbs family. Jan had a beautiful soul and she will live on in our memories. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  18. Deepest sympathies to Beryl and family. Beryl it was always a pleasure to visit with you and Jan when we would run into each other at a Dietz function. Jan was a wonderful person inside and out. Hugs and prayers to all of you. Merlin and Clara (Diers) Wendt

  19. Nothing was more shocking than hearing of Jan’s surgery. Jan was a great lady, always friendly, always willing to listen when a friend needed to talk. I always looked forward to seeing her and talking to her evetytime I needed to do spmething with my insurance. She was the best at what she did.She will be greatly missed by many. Rest in Peace special lady.

  20. Our thoughts and prayers are with Beryl and family. Jan was a very caring individual who was always there for you. She will be missed greatly. God bless each of you.

  21. I will remember her smile and kind heart. She welcomed me the very first time I met her. Rest in Peace Jan. You are loved.

  22. Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends, what a special lady. May the Lord surround each one with His peace, comfort and strength, through this time of loss.

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