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Janet "Jan" Sheridan

Janet "Jan" Sheridan age 78 of New Hampton, formerly of Lawler, IA, died Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at Unity Point Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, IA. A private family Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. No public services will be held. Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton has been entrusted with arrangements. Janet "Jan" Sheridan, a loving mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2023, in Waterloo, IA. Born on March 15, 1945, in Wellman, IA, the daughter of Clois and Eathyle (Groff) Ellis. Jan was known for her creativity, intelligence, and passion in everything she did. Jan attended Cosmetology school in Cedar Rapids in her early adult life, where she met and fell in love with her instructor, Pat Sheridan. The couple was married on July 17, 1965, in Santa Cruz, CA. They lived in California for several years before moving back to Iowa, where they welcomed their four children, Autumn, Ryan, Andrea, and Kara. At the age of 40, Jan pursued a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Upper Iowa University, further showcasing her dedication to helping others. Together, Jan and Pat owned and operated the Heritage Salon in Lawler for decades, serving the community they loved. Jan's creativity shone through her work as a hairstylist, and her passion for her profession was evident to all who knew her. Outside of her career, Jan was a master gardener whose beautiful flowers were admired by many who drove by her house in Lawler. She had a deep love for pets and would never turn away a stray, often joking with her children that they came second to her animals. Jan also had a love for old gospel music and cherished dancing with Pat to The Glen Miller Band. Jan's zest for life was further highlighted by her group of best girlfriends, known as "The Hooters." Together, they enjoyed shopping, going out for lunch, and participating in various activities. Jan's commitment to family was evident through her weekly family dinner nights, where meals, drinks, stories, laughter, and tears were shared, bonding the family unit together. A fantastic cook, Jan was renowned for her homemade bread, and her grandchildren each had a special meal that was dear to their hearts, prepared by their loving grandmother. Jan's caring nature extended beyond her family, as she also served as a foster mother to Amanda (Cory) Sabin of Decorah, IA. Jan is survived by her children, Autumn (Todd) Reynoldson of Maryville, Tennessee, Ryan (Diane) Sheridan of Denver, Iowa, Andrea (John) Pleggenkuhle of West Union, Iowa, and Kara (Nick) Speltz of New Hampton, Iowa; foster daughter, Amanda (Cory) Sabin of Decorah, IA; 11 grandchildren; two foster grandchildren; and two nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pat in 2020; and her brother, Fred Ellis. Throughout her life, Janet "Jan" Sheridan touched the lives of many with her creativity, intelligence, and passion. Her memory will live on through her family and friends, and she will be dearly missed.

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  1. Hugs across the way to you all. Jan was such a hoot! When spending any time with Jan, laughing was a constant. Prayers for your peace.

  2. My prayers and sympathy to the Sheridan family. The flower gardens of heaven are about to look a lot more beautiful!

  3. So sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. She was a lovely lady with lovely flower gardens.

  4. Prayers of sympathy to the Sheridan family. She was a lovely lady with lovely flower gardens.

  5. Our deepest sympathy to Jan’s family. Loved to visit with her. The flower gardens will flourish in heaven with Jan there.

  6. I babysat for Janet and Pat. She was a very special lady. Her daughter Kara was a classmate of my daughter Amy. She always had a smile for everyone. I’m going to miss her very much. Rest In Peace my dear friend. Joan (Pavlovec) Lentz

  7. Obviously sad. But she taught me the word cooter…and the definition sitting at the kitchen table. Lol. I about died.

    2 of the best people…raised the best kids.

    And I couldn’t be more grateful.

    Hahahaha. Cooter. I can still see her saying it and laughing her ass off.

  8. Prayers to the Sheridan family. Pat was my driver’s Ed teacher and Jan my hairdresser.

  9. Our deepest sympathy to Jan’s family, She was such a wonderful person. Alden and Marie Panos

  10. Jan Sheridan’s family: Jan gave of herself for those in need through her laughter, her smile and her presence to help. She was a loyal and helpful board member of the Chickasaw Event Center. She will be missed.

  11. We are so sorry to hear of your loss of your Mom. All our love & prayers, Bill & Cheryl Mulder

  12. The family of Tony and Marcella Wurzer (Shirley, Barb, Norm, Janice, Joyce, and Kevin) want to express our sincere sadness at the loss of your beloved Mother. We are remembering your Mom, Dad and all of you in our prayers. Your parents were such good neighbors to our Mom and we appreciate that very much. Our prayers is that you feel God helping you as you grieve the loss of your Mother. God bless your Mom and all your family.

  13. Our Deepest Sympathy to Jan’s entire family. Know you are in our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time of Loss.
    James & Lyn Bailey

  14. We are deeply saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. Deepest sympathy and prayers to all.

  15. Our family’s deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. She was an outstanding loving woman who will be deeply missed. Always keep her and your memories in your heart. Sending love, prayers, and condolences.LuAnn Borlaug

  16. Jan had such an infectious laugh. Everyone was happy just being around her. My sincere sorrow to family and her friends.

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