Janet L. Peterson

May 30, 1950July 6, 2012

Janet L. Peterson Ankeny

Janet L. Peterson of Ankeny, born May 30, 1950, passed away July 6, 2012 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. She joined the Navy Nurse Corps in 1971 and retired as a Commander in 1991. She worked with the Iowa Department of Public Health until her retirement in May, 2012. Janet is past president of the Iowa Military Veterans Band, past commander and current officer of the American Legion, and an active member of the Ankeny United Methodist Church. Janet leaves behind four brothers and two sisters, Lynn (Julie) Peterson of Port St. Lucie, FL., Jean DeWitt of Longwood, FL., Dale (Jan) Peterson of Niceville, FL., JoAnn Newman (David) of Mission, TX., Ross (D.) Peterson of Grimes, IA., and Dan (Brenda) Peterson of Davenport, IA. She was predeceased by her parents, Robert G and Etta Mae Peterson of Pocahontas, IA. Janet will also be missed by many nieces and nephews and wonderful cousins. She made many good, loyal friends throughout her life and her family has appreciated their support during her challenges with cancer. Memorial services will be Monday, July 9 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Ankeny First United Methodist Church, 206 SW Walnut St., Ankeny, IA. A celebration of her life will be Wednesday, July 11, at 5:00 p.m., with visitation from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., at Hope United Methodist Church in Pocahontas, IA. Janet will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to any of the organizations she was involved in, or a charity of your choice.


  • Memorial Service

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • Celebration Of Life

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Janet L. Peterson

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Doreen Chamberlin

August 1, 2013

I see the time for this guest book may be coming to an end. I want to make it known Janet will always be in my internal thoughts and memories. She made an impression on many lives including those of us who were her co-workers at IDPH.

December 29, 2012

Janet was a caring compassionate nurse. Janet gave my daughter her first well baby check up in Guam in 1979. We were also Navy nurses together in Oakland, Ca. When Jan first moved to Oakland, we went apartment/house hunting. After retirement Christmas letters came almost every year. It was shocking to see Jan's name on the NNCA newsletter "In Memoriam" section. She had a warm caring energy that will be missed. It was a privilege to know her.
My condolences to her family. Warmly, Deanna Bogart

Julie Johnson

July 19, 2012

Lynn, Jean, Dale, Jo, Ross, Dan and families--

I didn't know that Janet had cancer, so wasn't prepared for the news of her passing. I have such wonderful memories of growing up with all of you: touch football games in your front yard, learning that "snapping the dish towel" was common when drying dishes, and walking Herb Hammer's soybean fields together. We haven't kept in touch over the years, but you all are close to my heart right now, and in my prayers.

Patti Giannasi

July 10, 2012

I have many fond memories of Janet as a lovely nurse from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing, Class of 1971. Patti White Giannasi

Quentin and Barb Weidner

July 10, 2012

To the Peterson Family; Our sincere sympathy to all of you. We shocked to hear of her death, not knowing of her fight with cancer. Our thoughs and prayers ar with all you. What a beautiful person she was and always there for her parents. God bless you all.

Carrie Fitzgerald

July 10, 2012

Janet and I worked together at the Department of Public Health several years ago. She was a reliable, fair-minded, hardworking co-worker and a strong advocate for women's health. She served the people of Iowa with deep respect and integrity. We all used to enjoy her stories about her community involvment, I especially liked her recumbent bike!
With sincere sympathy to her family,

Quentin and Barb Weidner

July 10, 2012

To the Peterson Family; Our sincere sympathy to all of you. We were shocked to hear of her death, not knowing of her fight with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. What a wonderful person she was and always there for her parents.
God bless you all.
Quentin and Barb Weidner

Bonnie Johnson Beorkrem

July 9, 2012

Peterson Family: My sincere sympathy to all of you. It was a joy getting to know Janet again last fall in Galena. The "girls" of '67 and '68 had such a good time. She had a life of dedication to her country and the people she came into contact with through her work. We need more people like Janet in our world. She will be missed by many, many people.

Kim Piper

July 9, 2012

Janet was a good friend, fellow Methodist grad, and a great co-worker. I'm a better person for having known her.
Godspeed, Janet.

James and Sally Burmeister

July 9, 2012

To the Peterson Family, We are so saddened to learn of Janet passing. I did not know she had been ill. She did so much good for families in Iowa through here work with the Iowa Department of Public Health. I will always be grateful to her for all of the help she gave me in my work with public health and family planning in Shelby County. I really enjoyed knowing her.