Jan Jozina Harmon-Thompson
July 5, 1938 – August 25, 2018
Jan Harmon-Thompson, 80, of East Lansing, MI, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 25, 2018. She was born July 5, 1938, in Rotterdam, Holland to the late John Peter and Jozina Pearl Mast (Kastelein), and immigrated to the United States with her family after World War II.
Jan had a zest for life and loved people unconditionally, reflected in her decades of service as a nurse at Ingham Medical Center. She was also a mentor to many people from various walks of life, helping them through difficult circumstances many times. She lived with quality of life and taught her children and grandchildren to make the most of the present, by living one day at a time. Jan lived with the love of God, which was manifested in the impact she made on people. Family and Friends were the most important thing to her.
Jan is survived by her sons, Jeffrey (Margie) Harmon and Matthew (Laurie) Harmon; daughters by marriage, Gail Hadley and Gwen (Brian) Meredith; grandchildren, Molly, Maisie, Donnie, Jakob, and Daniel Harmon, Dan (Rachel) Hadley, Katie (Kevin) Harvatine and Christine (Keith) Ransom; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Mast, Babs (Oneal) Croft and Anna-Kae (Peter) Kazmier and adopted sisters/life-long friends, Dori Backmeier and Marion Thrana. She was preceded in death by her husband, Conrad Thompson, whom she loved dearly; sisters, Marian Bak and Sybil Mast; brothers, Dan, Andrew, Gerald, Harry, Adrian and John Mast and son-in-law, David Hadley.
Arrangements by Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home, East Lansing.
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Graveside services will be held Tuesday, September 4th at 12 p.m. at Washington Park Memorial Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI.
She will be missed very much, but she will always be in our hearts.
- John and Jozina (Kastelein) Mast, Parents
- Conrad Thompson, Husband
- Marian Bak, Sister
- Sybil Mast, Sister
- Dan Mast, Brother
- Andrew Mast, Brother
- Gerald Mast, Brother
- Harry Mast, Brother
- Adrian Mast, Brother
- John Mast, Brother
- David Hadley, Son-in-law
- Jeffrey (Margie) Harmon, Son
- Matthew (Laurie) Harmon, Son
- Gail Hadley, Daughter by Marriage
- Gwen (Brian) Meredith, Daughter by Marriage
- Molly Harmon, Grandchild
- Maisie Harmon, Grandchild
- Donnie Harmon, Grandchild
- Jakob Harmon, Grandchild
- Daniel Harmon, Grandchild
- Dan (Rachel) Hadley, Grandchild
- Katie (Kevin) Harvatine, Grandchild
- Christine (Keith) Ransom, Grandchild
- Joyce Mast, Sister
- Babs (Oneal) Croft, Sister
- Anna-Kae (Peter) Kazmier, Sister
- Dori Backmeier, Adopted Sister/Life-Long Friend
- Marion Thrana, Adopted Sister/Life-Long Friend
- Jan is also survived by five great-grandchildren.
- Graveside Service Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Jan Jozina Harmon-Thompson
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September 4, 2018
Jan was such a blessing on me and countless others over the years. Her kind open approach was matched by her sparkling wit and balanced by a blunt honesty. If someone made a particularly stupid comment she would always laugh and admonish them "keep coming back"! She also kept coming back and gave far more than she took. She was warmly remembered at a meeting last night. She will be missed but not forgotten by those of who continue to trudge the road of happy destiny together, one day at a time.
September 3, 2018
Deepest sympathy to all Jan’s family and friends.
She was one of those special Library patrons I saw and enjoyed weekly.
I will miss her.
Mary Mitchell, Circ staff, East Lansing Public Library
September 3, 2018
I don’t exactly remember when I met Jan but I believe I was in junior high school. I met her because my Mom, Marion Thrana was one of her friends. I baby sat for her boys and also for her friend Dori’s kids. I went on trips with the family to watch Jeff and Matt. I remember being poolside at the Grand Hotel in Mackinaw Island and we just talked and talked. We did the same thing years later at my home in Rumford, RI. It was always easy. She was a second Mom to me.
I used to love to watch her get dressed for a party. She used to count when she used the eyelash curler. She taught me to play bridge. She taught me to ski.
She trusted me with her kids. She was good to me.
She sort of sashayed when she danced. She had a very expressive way of speaking. She loved to read late into the night. I do that to sometimes. She was an original without a doubt!
Sometimes memories are stronger than a physical presence. They grow in your heart and mind to help heal your breaking heart. I will always remember her with laughter, joy and happiness. She will be missed by me, my family, and especially my mother.
I hope to see her poolside again and have a long talk. Until the she will be in my dreams and in my heart.
September 1, 2018
I worked at Ingham Medical Center for 10 yrs (1997-2007) as a Medical Social Worker. During that time I got to know Jan very well. She was always so helpful as I worked with her patients. She had a wonderful personality!! We got along so well! While my stay at the hospital I became an Associate Funeral Director at Gorsline Runciman where I still remain working primarily at our East Lansing Chapel. After leaving the hospital I had the good fortune to see Jan at our EL Chapel for visitations and services for others giving us an opportunity to revisit old times. She was simply a gentle soul. May her memory be eternal!!