Janette Ilene (Fetters) Yerger, 76, of Hastings, Nebraska passed away Jan. 5, 2018, at Mary Lanning Healthcare, in Hastings, surrounded by her loving husband and three daughters.
Jan was born on Nov. 21, 1941, to Chester Royal and Ethel Eleanor (Speer) Fetters, on their farm north of Lisco, Neb. Her birth was attended by her Grandmother, Mona Fetters, acting as midwife.
Jan was the only girl attending the country school a mile north of her home from first grade through eighth grade. She lived with her grandparents while going to high school in Bridgeport, Neb. She graduated from high school with the class of 1960 as Valedictorian and President of her class. She went on to attend Chadron State College, where she met the love of her life, George Yerger.
Jan and George were married on Dec. 17, 1961, in Lisco. Three beautiful girls were born to this union; Kimberly Jan, Michele Renee and Staci Rae.
Jan, George and the girls lived in Wallace, Crawford, Leigh, and Grant, Neb., where George taught and coached. He spent the last several years in education as a school administrator. Jan worked at Grant Elementary School as an aide in the library and as an aide to the counselor while the girls were young. Jan was a licensed insurance agent in both Grant and Ogallala until they moved to Hastings where they both retired.
Jan and George were fortunate to be able to go on several mission trips to Tlancualpican, Mexico, as missionaries from the United Methodist Church in Grant and the Grace United Methodist Church in Hastings.
After retirement Jan volunteered to be a voice for children in court cases as part of Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA). These children in the court system had a special place in her heart.
Jan loved her family and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles and watch late night movies.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, brother Elden, sister-in-law Joyce, and niece Susan.
Jan is survived by her loving husband, George; daughters Kimberly (Steve) Clouatre of North Platte, Neb., Michele (Kent) Lawson of Norfolk, Neb., and Staci (Tim Hajny) Yerger-Dieken of Lincoln, Neb.; grandchildren Andrew and Angie Norman, Joel Norman, Max and Victoria Clouatre, Brooke and Cletus Woeppel, Lance Lawson, Sydney and Matt Miller, Jordan Cain, and Brett Dieken; great grandchildren Abrahm Norman, Townsend Norman, Hayden Norman, Kayde Miller and Darby Miller; brother Duane (Penny) Fetters, sisters-in-law Diana Fetters and Lois (Al) Youngs; brother-in-law, Carlos Hambleton; close friend, Walter Dieken, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Jan’s family, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), or to the memorial donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at apfelfuneralhome.com, or to 1518 N. Turner, Hastings, NE 68901.
Jan’s Memorial Service was held Jan. 10, at Grace United Methodist Church with Pastor Kent Rogers and Rev. Dr. Lee R. Wigert, officiating.
Janette’s wishes were to be cremated. Inurnment will be at the Grace United Methodist Church Columbarium at a later date.