Janis Faye Winter

December 12, 1951August 16, 2018

Janis Faye Winter, 66, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Memorial services will be at 10AM, Friday, September 7th at Ankeny Funeral Home (1510 W. First St. Ankeny, IA 50023). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Girl Scouts of America in memory of Janis.

Janis was born December 12, 1951, to William and Faye (Meyers) Winter. She graduated from Creston High School in 1969 and went on to attend South Western Community College and Peru State College to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She went on to attend Western Sydney University where she attained her Master’s Degree in Astronomy. Janis was an educator, most recently employed at DMACC in Ankeny. She retired in 2014.

Janis was a member of the Des Moines Astronomical Society, serving as president for several years. She also contributed to the Girl Scouts of America. Janis enjoyed listening to music, especially Simon and Garfunkel. She also loved stargazing in one of her many telescopes.

Janis is survived by her two sons: William and Anthony Loos; one granddaughter, Emerson Loos and two nephews: Keith and Scott Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Lynda Busby and a brother at birth, Michael.


  • Memorial Service Friday, September 7, 2018

Janis Faye Winter

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Marcia Holsinger

August 19, 2018

Jan and I met in August 1967 at Girl Scout Camp Sacajawea. We were assigned to be tentmates in Rainbow Ridge, and we quickly became friends. We were 15 years old and she was from Creston and I was from Des Moines. During our 2 week stay, Jan and I would sit on the steps of our tent until the late hours of night gazing into the night sky watching the shooting stars, the Milky Way, and the vast expanse of our universe. We would watch and talk until after midnight, finally crashing onto our bunks only to get up in the early morning for a 6:30 am nature hike. We were inspired by all that nature offered to enjoy. The next year Jan and I became Counselors-in-Training followed by a few years on the Camp Sacajawea Staff. I remember she would get the campers up in the morning with playing Reveille on her bugle, and play Taps at night. Although we lost touch over the years, we reconnected about 10 years ago, back at camp. It was a joy to see her as we rekindled our friendship as if no time had passed. We reminisced about the zany songs we sang (Zing-a-Ching), the hikes we took, night swims at the pool, and the nights we spent watching Space. Her love for the Night Sky was evident from those early days at camp, and I am so lucky we met and became friends that lasted after many years. I am proud of her accomplishments and of the person she has become. I will cherish her friendship in the days(and nights) to come. Zing-A-Ching my dear friend. RIP. ----- "Patches"