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Janice (Westrum) Young

09/29/1930 - 03/20/2022

Janice Marie (Westrum) Young passed away peacefully in Mesa, Arizona on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at the age of 91.

Janice was born on September 29, 1930 in Stratford, Iowa to Ernest Westrum and Hazel (Angstrom) Westrum. She grew up on the family farm with her five siblings and graduated from Stratford High School in 1948 where she enjoyed playing on the girls’ basketball team.

Janice’s marriage to Gordon Appenzeller in March of 1949 resulted in six children: Steve Appenzeller, Tammy (Ray) Switzer, Twyla (John) Eaton, Talitha (Lonnie) Appenzeller, Kerry (BeLinda) Appenzeller, and Kip (Susan) Appenzeller. The marriage later ended in divorce.

In 1973, Janice married Ben (Mac) Young Jr., and the family blended to include Ben’s three children: Ben III, Mike, and Rose.

Janice’s professional career included positions in admissions departments at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa; Northeastern Jr. College in Sterling, Colorado; and Arizona State University in Tempe, from which she retired.

Janice enjoyed cheering for her favorite sports teams (Denver Broncos, University of Iowa, Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Cardinals) and spending time with her beloved family; she was so very proud of them all. She also loved to play bingo, and would never turn down a game of 31.

She is survived by her brothers, Verlyn (Dorothy) Westrum and Dale (Pat) Westrum; as well as her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Janice is preceded in death by Ben, her husband of 44 years; her parents; her sisters, Marjorie and Betty; her brother Norman; and her stepson, Mike.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at the Stratford Lutheran Church in Stratford. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until time of service with family present. Interment will be in South Marion Cemetery near Stratford.

Online condolences may be left at www.schroedermemorialchapel.com.

Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall Streets is in charge of arrangements.


Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


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