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Janice Louise Nicewander

Janice Louise Nicewander, age 82 of Ithaca, passed away June 25, 2019 at Woodland Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant.

Janice grew up in Forest Hill and attended the Brady Country School. She graduated from Alma High School with the Class of 1954. Janice worked for many years at Wolverine World Wide in Ithaca.

Janice loved children. She also enjoyed driving and taking road trips, knitting, gardening, reading, genealogy, visiting at the Ithaca Senior Activity Building, and attending the productions of the Gratiot County Players.

Janice will be most remembered for her extensive work as a volunteer. She volunteered for many years in different capacities with the Gratiot Historical Society, the Girl Scouts, the Commission on Aging, as a foster grandparent at Ithaca South Elementary, and at the Ithaca Church of God.

Janice is survived by her children Ken Welch (Pam), Craig Welch (Peggy), Lisa Nicewander, Wendy Paradise (Trevor); grandchildren Angie, Tiffany, Michael, April, Jasmine, Randy, Hailey, Bethany, David; great grandchildren Alyssa, Alaina, Vada, Elliot; brothers Roger Raycraft, Alvin Raycraft, Marc Raycraft; close family friend Chris Lombard; and many extended family members.

Memorial services for Janice will be 3pm Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the Ithaca Church of God with Jim Goodspeed officiating. A dinner will immediately follow the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with Janice’s final expenses.

The family is being served by the  Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca. Condolences may be left for the family online at

Reader Comments (10)

I have many fond memories of Janice, as she was an important part of my life when it mattered most. Her amazing children are a testament to her unconditional love and great character, and she will be dearly missed.
June 27, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine Nicewander
So sorry for your loss, prayers to you and your family.
June 27, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Hortman
She was a kind wonderful woman always made me feel Welcomed❤️Forever in my heart ❤️
June 28, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAngie (Angela)
One of the nicest Lady a ever meet. Lisa and Wendy your mother now will serve directly to the Lord, she gain her Wings. My deepest Sympathy.
RIP Janice.
June 28, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterVielka Kappler
I am so very sorry for your loss of Janice. May your fond memories shared over the years bring warmth and comfort to your heart and may the trustworthy promises of our Heavenly Father give you inner peace and strength to cope in the days ahead. (Psalm 37:11,29) Best of wishes to you all, take care of each other.
June 28, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBabe Quintrall
I will miss Janice but I know she is with Jesus now. She was always smiling and kind to everyone.
June 28, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterShana Anna
So sorry to hear of Janice’s passing. Dad’s neighbor for years Will miss her going by and always smiling. Very sweet Lady! Will be so missed!!! Prayers to her family. R.I.P. Janice
Our deepest sympathy and prayers in the loss of Janice. She was generous with her time and helped at church a lot. She will be missed by many.
June 29, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTerry & Karen Nestle
Very sorry for your family's loss. Janice was a very kind woman. Sending you caring thoughts during this difficult time.
June 30, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne Fitzpatrick
I am so heartbroken to read this. She would come in to our office to pay her insurance each month. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word. She was just the sweetest. I will miss seeing her and chatting with her. Sending my heartfelt sympathy to her family. Janice was a treasure.
July 8, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Rackley

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