OBITUARY

Janet Kay (Gassaway) Schwarz

October 28, 1951January 21, 2020

Janet Kay (Gassaway) Schwarz passed away on January 21, 2020, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines after being diagnosed with cancer on January 8, she was 68. Jan retired after 20 years with Pioneer DuPont, where her last role was as an ISO 9000 trainer and auditor. She began her career at the downtown Des Moines JC Penney store and later worked in the office at Boesen the Florist’s Beaverdale location. Jan was a 1969 graduate of East High School and had attended DMACC. She grew up and lived in Des Moines most of her life. Jan enjoyed traveling, especially overseas, and loved trying new foods from different cultures, and being in the company of good friends. She was a devoted fundraiser and over the years participated in several events for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and donated to many causes close to her heart, including the Iowa State Fair, Iowa Public Television, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include her son, Brad, and daughter-in-law, Tammra Stitzell of Slater; her sister, Mary Millard of Des Moines; her sister-in-law, Carole Gassaway of Des Moines; several nieces and nephews; and two step-grandsons. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lois and James Gassaway, and her brother, Bob Gassaway.

A celebration of life visitation will be held at 4 p.m. on April 18, 2020 at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines with a reading of the Eulogy at 6:30 p.m. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. the following day on April 19 at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made in her name to the VFW National Headquarters or the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation. Please visit www.mclarensresthavenchapel.com for online condolences and expressions of sympathy for the Schwarz family.

Services

18 April

Celebration of Life Visitation

4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

McLarens Resthaven Chapel

801 ~ 19th St
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

18 April

Eulogy/Time of Sharing

6:30 pm

McLarens Resthaven Chapel

801 ~ 19th St
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

Memories

Janet Kay (Gassaway) Schwarz

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Cindy Rochleau

January 27, 2020

Brad and Family:

Jan and I worked together, albeit, miles apart, for 25+ years. Whenever I made a trip to the Johnston area, and could squeeze in some personal time, she and I had the best visits! She was one of a kind (big smile). I cherished my friendship with her.

My sincerest condolences,
Cindy Rochleau

Bertha Murillo

January 25, 2020

Brad and family,

I worked with Janet at Pioneer and she was always super friendly and fun. We have kept in touch trying to find the right time to go out for lunch but we were not able to make it.

Please receive my sincere sympathy.

Rest In Peace sweet Janet.

Bertha Murillo

Moni Stewart

January 25, 2020

All my sympathy to Jan's family. I will always remember Jan for her wit and that wonderful laugh. RIP Jan, free of pain & with loved ones who passed before us.

Jim Kerr

January 25, 2020

What a smile! I attended East High school with Janet. What a funny, nice, caring person. I kept up with Janet on Facebook. We will miss Janet very much.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY