Tuesday, June 24, 2014 9:04 AM
Janice Woodhouse, 94, of Decorah, died Friday, June 20, 2014, at Wellington Place in Decorah. Since 2006 she had lived at Patty Elwood Center, Cresco and Wellington Place. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Decorah, with Rev. Phillip Gibbs officiating. Organist was Mary Beth Bouska. Cantor was Cindy Schissel. Hymns were “Be Not Afraid,” “Amazing Grace,” “Ave Maria,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” Lector was Doug Peterson. Offertory giftbearers were Dennis Woodhouse, Katie Shields, Ashlin Hadenfeld, Alicia Woodhouse and Julia Peterson. Eucharistic ministers were Tom, Mary and Alicia Woodhouse. Memories were offered by Julia Peterson. Casket bearers were Matt Woodhouse, Josh Woodhouse, Erik Woodhouse, Christopher Boesch, Luke Shields, Andrew Boesch, Ryan Hadenfeld and Mark Boesch. Interment was at St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in Decorah. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home in Decorah.
Janice Dorothy (Headington/Dideriksen) Woodhouse was born Jan. 2, 1920, the daughter of George “Todd” and Hilma (Dahl) Headington in Olds, Alberta, Canada. Janice’s mother died when she was one month old. She was raised by Pete and Ella (Froelich) Dideriksen. They lived near Wadena, Saskatchewan until Janice was three years old, when they moved to West Saint Paul, Minn., and then to several other cities as Pete searched for work during the Great Depression. When Janice was in sixth grade, she moved with her family to Decorah. Janice graduated from Decorah High School in 1937, and attended secretarial school at the Rasmussen School of Business in St. Paul, Minn. She returned to Decorah and worked for attorneys Carroll and John Cutting and at Bolson Feeds. It was at Bolson Feeds where she met Joseph Woodhouse. They were married June 21, 1944, at St. Benedict Catholic Church. After she had her six children, she worked for 20 years as a nurses’ aide at Decorah’s Smith Memorial Hospital, moving in 1971 to the new Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital. She assisted in the delivery and care of many babies in the obstetrics department during her last years there, before she retired in 1984. Janice loved her family and life on the farm. She especially found joy in her children and grandchildren. Janice enjoyed baking, gardening and writing poetry. She baked excellent pies. She also wrote poetry from a young age for family, friends and hospital co-workers, and penned poems about community affairs, some of which were published in Decorah newspapers. She wrote a special poem for each of her children when they graduated from high school. Janice was a member of the Madison Willing Workers, a neighborhood social and service club. She attended First Lutheran Church, and became a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church and St. Margaret Circle after she married.
Janice’s survivors include her children: Tom (Mary) Woodhouse, Carlisle; Linda Woodhouse and husband Doug Peterson, Alexandria, Va.; Mary (Rich) Boesch, Sioux City; Dennis Woodhouse, Decorah, and Paul (Darlene) Woodhouse, Decorah; one son-in-law, Roger Gruenke, Shawnee, Kan.; 11 grandchildren: Matt (Rachel) Woodhouse, Des Moines; Erik Woodhouse (fiancé, Kit Cassidy), St. George, Utah; Katie (Luke) Shields, Altoona; Ryan (Shana) Hadenfeld, Swannanoa, N.C.; Ashlin Hadenfeld, Lawrence, Kan.; Julia Peterson, Alexandria, Va.; Christopher (Sarah) Boesch, Sioux City; Andrew Boesch, Sioux City; Mark Boesch, Sioux City; Alicia Woodhouse, Marion; and Josh Woodhouse, Independence; four great-grandchildren: Payton and Adaline Shields, Altoona,; Benjamin Hadenfeld, Swannanoa, N.C.; and Faith Boesch, Sioux City; one brother, Leo Headington, Lumby, British Columbia, Canada; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, James and Marjorie Bednarz, Minnetonka, Minn.
Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Woodhouse, July 15, 2006; her parents, George “Todd” and Hilma (Dahl) Headington; her daughter, Beverly Gruenke, April 21, 2003; one sister, Mona (Ray) Jacobs; and one step-brother, Richard Headington; father and mother-in-law, James A. and Mary T. (Drew) Woodhouse; brothers and sisters-in-law: Marion (Keefe) Walker, Helen (Andy) Anderson and Gay Headington.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wellington Place Auxiliary, 2479 River Road, Decorah, IA 52101, or to St. Benedict Catholic Church, 307 West Main Street, Decorah, IA 52101.