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Janis G. Jessip

October 23, 1943 — June 8, 2023

Janis G. Jessip, age 79, of Sioux City, passed away Thursday, June, 8, 2023, at a local nursing home surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at Christy-Smith funeral Homes, Larkin Chapel. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Riverside United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Elk Point Cemetery in Elk Point, SD.

Janis Jessip was born on October 23, 1943, in Long Beach, California. After her birth, the family returned to the Elk Point, SD area. She graduated from Elk Point High School. After graduating high school, she attended the University of South Dakota.

On June 2, 1962, she was united in marriage to Gale Jessip, with whom she spent just short of 60 wonderful years of marriage until Gale’s passing on April 16, 2022. To this union was born one child, Brent Jessip.

After her son Brent was born, Janis was a stay-at-home mom for several years. Then took up some part time work at the Sioux City School Cafeteria’s, Palmer’s Candy for 14 years, Gateway, and Goodwill.

If Janis had a philosophy in life, it would be, garden as through you will live forever. If you took a stroll through her neighborhood, you could always find Janis outside tending to her many flowers. Along with her gardening, when it came to her beloved dogs their care and appearance were upmost importance to her. She enjoyed square dancing, roller-skating at Rollerama, and going to WinnaVegas to play the penny slots and enjoy the nightly buffet, with her husband, Gale. She enjoyed sharing her hobby of shopping with her grandchildren for school clothes every year. If you looked into Janis’s closet her hobby of shopping for a bargain was evident.

She is survived by her son Brent (Lori) Jessip of Sioux City, IA; her beloved dog and best friend Susie; granddaughters, Stephanie (Spencer) Hansen of Hinton, IA; Sadie Jessip of Sioux City, IA; grandson, Shane Jessip of Sioux City, IA, sister-in-law Esther Girard of Sioux City, IA, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gale Jessip, her parents Alphonse and Evelyn Girard, and her brother Norman Girard, and her beloved dogs, Skipper and Muffin.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Christy-Smith Funeral Homes - Larkin Chapel

2320 Outer Drive North, Sioux City, IA 51104

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Thursday, June 15, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

Riverside United Methodist Church

617 Wright Avenue, Sioux City, IA 51109

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