OBITUARY

Janice "Jan" Carroll Kaestner

January 3, 1939October 6, 2020
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Janice “Jan” Carroll Kaestner (Darshay), 81, of Glendale, Arizona entered the gates of heaven to be reunited with her late husband Gary, to dwell in the presence of her Lord and Savior on October 6, 2020. She was born on January 3, 1939 to Viola (Smith) and Frank Darshay and was the youngest of five children.

Jan grew up in Southern California. Jan met Gary, the love of her life, and they were married August 18, 1955. Jan and Gary had three beautiful children together; Gary Jr, Tammy and Sherine. In 1980, Jan and her family relocated to Glendale, Arizona. Gary soon tired of retirement and opened a CPA office on West McDowell. Jan worked the front office and flipped rental homes.

She and Gary became Born Again Christians in 1983 and their lives were transformed for eternity. Their love for God poured out in missionary work. Jan loved serving with their favorite missionaries in Hermosillo, Mexico. Even after Gary passed, she was still very active in her missionary work. Jan was well traveled. She loved going on cruises and often took family and friends with her. Israel was one of her favorite places to visit, along with Australia and Alaska. She loved the color turquoise and hummingbirds.

Jan was a loving mother, nana, and great grandmother and Nana Jan to all those who loved her. She leaves behind her children, Gary Jr, Tammy (George) Thompson, and Sherine (Johnny) Sawyer; grandchildren, Tara (Sean), Jared, Andrew, and Alexis; great grandchildren, Isaac, Asher, Eisley, Oron, Ryder Nichole; and her fur baby Lucy. Jan is preceded by her Love Gary, of 55 years; her parents Frank and Viola; her grandson Jason; and brothers and sister, Don, Leona, Glenn, and Lynn. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the Valley and/or Maranatha Bible Church Missions program (9120 N. 95th, Peoria, Arizona 85345)

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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16, 2020

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Rose Perez

October 16, 2020

Jan was a kind, gentle, always smiling person.
Her ministry serving the Lord along with her husband Gary, have greatly impacted the gospel preaching in Mexico and throughout the world.
I am so thankful to the Lord for her presence in my life and the ministry in Mexico.
We will always have you in our hearts.
Mama Rose, John Perez and Family

Melissa Blythe

October 16, 2020

Some of my best memories include Nana Jan. She was gifted in so many things and had such a loving heart. She treated me as she would treat her own child. I'll cherish her generosity, especially during my younger years, always going above and beyond anything I could have expected. She spent endless hours making things beautiful as if it was her mission in life to make the world around her beautiful. I'll cherish those memories of her and will remember her huge grin and contagious laugh. I will truly miss you Nana, but I am happy you are with Jesus and Gary. I'll see you on the flip-side!

Kelly kreutzer

October 15, 2020

When I became friends with Sherine, Jan and Gary took me in as part of the family. I have fond memories of vacations, late night pick ups from skating, the mall and movies. Jan had the best laugh and will be remembered fondly.

Lisa Bailey

October 15, 2020

Nana Jan was truly one of a kind. She had the greatest laugh and was always fun to be around. We spent so much time together, playing cards and eating Chinese food, doing crafts, worshiping Jesus, spending Thanksgiving together and going on a cruise to Alaska. She was fun, generous and loved with her whole heart. My life was changed because she loved me.

Amanda Bellemore

October 15, 2020

Jan was not just a friend, I truly thought of her as my Nana. She was always up for a good time and a good laugh. I’m so thankful that I have so many memories with her and the blessing that she was to me and my family. Jan was one of a kind. From staying up super late playing slots, dominoes, or cards to going out to eat and shopping she was always willing to spend time with the people she loved. My heart is so sad I can’t be there to celebrate you but I’m celebrating here knowing you are partying it up with your love,Gary and Jesus!

Sharon Darshay. D'Ornellas

October 14, 2020

My dear Auntie, I know where you are. Your with God, Jesus, Gary, grandma, grandpa and lots of our clan

I feel sorry for myself, I've lost my mentor, family historian, and personal sounding board. However, bottom line all I really wanted lately was for your pain to be gone forever. I got my wish.

Please know how grateful I am for all our phone sessions. Sharing family history and happy memories. Love you, Sharon

Sandy Baker

October 13, 2020

Every thought that crosses my mind is greater than the last. I have a life time of memories, but none recent. Mom and I talked about you when we went through and identified pictures. I spent a lot of time with mom and missed out with you. I know your not suffering and with loved ones. That’s the only thing that makes it ok with me. I’ll see you someday. Till then I want everyone else know I love you and have missed you for awhile.

Kim Junkins

October 13, 2020

New Year's 2016 was memorable for many reasons. Spending it at Tipsy Timbers with Jan just made it so much more enjoyable.

Sherine Sawyer

October 11, 2020

I woke up this morning knowing you were no longer sick and in pain. That you are healed and being treated with the love and respect you have always deserved. I can see you sitting under a big magnolia tree with daddy. Thank you for being such an amazing example for me to follow in my life. Until we see each other again...I will be making a lifetime of memories to share with you. I love you very, very, very, very, very, very much.

Gene Noel

October 10, 2020

Jan and Gary have been dear friends through the years. Their love of Christ and desire to see others believe on him was evidenced by the hours and dollars spent both on the mission field in Mexico and contributions through Maranatha Baptist Church in Peoria to see the Gospel shared around the world. My Dear Sis, my last words whispered in your ear still stand; see you later. With fondest love, and prayers for your family, Gene and Kelly

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