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Jan Michelle Rhiner

May 13, 1947May 20, 2020
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Jan Michelle Rhiner was the oldest of nine children born to Harvey and Lenore Whitbeck. She is survived by six siblings; Harvey, Denise, Stephen, Cindy, Paul and John as well as loving nieces and nephews. Jan was happily married to Joseph Rhiner until his passing. Jan embraced the role of step mother raising Joseph’s sons Jeffery Herzberg and Charles Rhiner and as grandmother to Joseph’s granddaughters Sierra and Hanna, and Charles and Breanna’s children, Breklynn and Brixtyn.

Jan attended nursing school in Kingston New York and went on to earn her Bachelors in nursing traveling 100 miles round trip to class while working full time. Throughout her career Jan dedicated herself to improving the quality and safety of care provided in surgical settings. As Administrative Director for Orthopedic Outpatient Surgery Center Jan continued to work right up to her death, she loved her job and the people she worked with.

Jan was a dedicated member of the Army National Guard Rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring on May 13, 2007. Jan served our country faithfully and honorably for 26 years.

All who knew Jan knew her love of animals especially her Australian Shepard’s Rosie and Tish. In lieu of flowers, gifts or cards, please donate to Animal Rescue League and Food Bank of Iowa.

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Denise whitbeck

May 23, 2020

My big sister Jan
You were our leader in chief, mom No.2 to all us young kids. We had such great times growing up in Hillsdale and Claverack, and along with our cousins, it seemed like a wild continuous playdate. Was all about family. Being the oldest holds a very special place in a family and you lived up to great expectations. You inspired me to come to New York City.

You always had strong resolve in everything you did. You were brilliant and the most self effacing person i have ever known. You did amazing things in your career and touched so many people. I'm proud just thinking about your achievements. If praised, you would probably just say, "oh, stuff i did". That's how you were.

You'll always be our big sister because no one but you could ever fill those shoes. much love.

Fred Laverack

May 23, 2020

Such a sweet caring cousin Jan

Carol Anderson

May 23, 2020


Jan,

May you Rest In Peace in the loving arms of Jesus.

You have been a hard worker, a noble warrior, role model to countless individuals, a strong leader, a dedicated and compassionate nurse, and a dear friend.

Thank you for your service and in making a difference in whatever area of life in which you were involved.

Walk tall, walk on, walk through eternity knowing you did your best, faithful servant.



Lorraine Vitale

May 23, 2020

To Jan, my cherished friend, my nursing school classmate, and sister in life. We have shared many memories: Graduation from nursing school, first job in New York City, vacations, and your visits to my home in Miami. Throughout every adventure, we remained loyal to each other. I miss you immensity, but am consoled by the thought that someday we will meet again.

Laurie Johnson

May 23, 2020

Jan has been my co-worker, mentor, confidant, staunch supporter and faithful friend for the past 25 years. She was a natural leader who instinctively made things happen. She lived life out loud, loved hard, never complained about the human condition and was unfazed by other people’s opinion of her.
Jan was an infection prevention champion long before it was ‘cool’. She was passionate about doing things the RIGHT way and was first and foremost always, ALWAYS a patient advocate.
I’ll miss her in so many ways but especially her dry sense of humor and how she generously dispensed words of wisdom.
RIP Colonel, you’re finally reunited with Joe. Yours was truly a life well lived, my friend!

Ronna Noah

May 23, 2020

Jan was a one of a kind amazing woman, she will be very missed.

She taught her grand daughters many important things and sayings. My favorites are: How to drive, “red means stop, green means go and yellow means Stomp on it!” How to shop,” CHARGE it! And Shop till you drop!” How to deal with life, “ that’s the way the cookie crumbles”.

Her kindness was pure, her love was golden. God has an amazing angel!

Colleen Sward

May 22, 2020

I worked with Jan in the operating room at Iowa Methodist for years. This was a second job for Jan and I always marveled at her stamina. She was active in our local AORN Chapter and was dedicated to providing education and mentoring to surgical nurses in our community. I loved to work with Jan because she was fair and straight forward. Her passing is a great loss to the surgical nursing community.

Kelly & Penny Osborne

May 22, 2020

Our sister-n-law was the best! She was always wanting to help others in need. She was smart, strong and I never knew her to speak poorly against anyone. We feel honored to be a part of her life! We have decided to donate to the Food Bank of Iowa . She had a life long giving heart! We are going to miss you so much!

Mary Ann Good

May 22, 2020

I worked with Jan in the OR at IMMC for many years. She was the supervisor for the shift and always made sure things were done the right way. She was an advocate for the patient as well as for her staff. Jan certainly knew how to manage the department. If she was in charge, we knew things were going to click.

Jan was so amazing in her work ethic, I can not believe she was still working at almost 73. Most of the time I knew her, she was doing 2-3 jobs, and she did them well. Still you knew she did what she did because she enjoyed it, not to gain acclaim or fortune, but just because it needed to be done and she loved doing it.

Jan will be so missed by her current staff, former staff nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and friends. She is one of those people you kind of thought would always be there, and I guess she was till the end. She even sent lunch to her staff on the day she died. Remarkable!

Look out heaven, the Colonel is there now, I have a felling things are going to get done. Jan left a legacy here by changing lives, her work goes on now through others.

Michelle Birch

May 22, 2020

Jan was a consummate professional. Her clinical and quality oversight were top notch. Health care has been advanced through her input and touch. Thank you for all that you did, Jan. RIP

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