Janet McLaren

October 15, 1934May 8, 2019

Janet McLaren, 84, passed from this life peacefully on Tuesday, May 8, 2019 due to complications of pulmonary fibrosis. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019 at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines. Family will greet friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time. Janet was born October 15, 1934 to Sesto and Gretchen (Lawson) Palmieri in Madrid, IA. She graduated from Madrid High School in 1952 and married John S. McLaren on April 27, 1957. Janet was actively involved with John’s advertising firm and in retirement enjoyed working in the fragrance area at Von Maur and Younkers, as well as serving as a long-time volunteer at Methodist Hospitals working in both floral services and the gift shop. She loved gardening, bird-watching, and especially doting on her beloved grandchildren.

Janet is survived by her husband, John; daughter, Heather (Mike) Sprock of Plano, TX; son, John (Julie) of Cherokee, IA; four grandchildren, Claire (Kevin) Gavigan, Cameron Sprock, Jack McLaren and Elizabeth McLaren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and four brothers, William, Edward, Raymond and Charles Palmieri. Memorials may be directed to Blank Children’s Hospital and Unity Point Hospice.


  • Claire Gavigan, Honorary
  • Cameron Sprock, Honorary
  • Jack McLaren, Honorary
  • Elizabeth McLaren, Honorary


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 11, 2019


Janet McLaren

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Richard Glenn

May 9, 2019

Dear John and Family,
It is with a heavy heart that Sharon and I convey our condolences to you all. The loss of a loved one is huge, and Jan will be missed by all. Although we did not have the privilege of knowing her very long, she always had a beautiful smile and friendly greeting when we met. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time. May God bless you and your families in this time of sorrow. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life. May she rest in peace!
With our deepest sympathies,
Richard and Sharon Glenn