Pearle Janas

  • Born: December 27, 1925
  • Died: October 11, 2017
  • Location: Fairfax, South Dakota

Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home

Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home
101 Gerkin
Gregory, SD 57533
Tel. (605) 835-9111

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Pearle Mae (Dunkak) Janas was born on December 27, 1925 in Dallas, South Dakota to Henry H. and Louise (Zimbelman) Dunkak. Pearle attended school and graduated from Colome High School in 1945.

Pearle was united in marriage to William A. Janas on June 29, 1947 in Colome. They were the parents of four children: Gary, Doug, Rodney "Scotty" and Linda.

Pearle will be most remembered from her years working at Edie Lori's Dress Shop and Gregory Drug. Pearle wore many hats in her life. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, very active in her church with teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir and enjoyed performing in cantatas. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women's Circle, United Methodist Church, and a life-long member of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary.

Her hobbies included ceramics and painting by numbers and being a member of the Red Hats. But her biggest passion was league bowling, which began for her in 1962 at Gregory Lanes and continued until her late 80's. She was a very successful bowler with many accomplishments.

Pearle enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow up into adulthood. Despite a rough childhood, Pearle was true to self.

Pearle passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Avera Gregory Hospital at the age of 91.

Her survivors include sons, Gary and special close friend, Sherry Howell, Peoria, AZ, Doug and wife, Marian, Guernsey, WY, and daughter Linda and husband Randy Moos, Fairfax, SD; one granddaughter Toni Janas, Phoenix, AZ, and three grandsons Erik Janas, Phoenix, AZ, Matthew Moos, Fairfax, SD, and Kyle Moos and friend Tori Wendell, Naper, NE. Other survivors include sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Scotty, husband Bill, her only sibling Harold, along with her daughter-in-law Carol Jean (Wilcox) Janas.

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Funeral services for Pearle Janas, 91, of Gregory, SD, were held Monday, October 16, 2017, at 10:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Gregory with Pastor Royal Archer and Pastor Clay Lundberg officiating. A visitation was held Sunday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home.

Music was provided by Barb Durfee, pianist. Congregational songs were "Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone" and "Just As I Am." Soloist Clay Lundberg sang "On Eagles Wings" and "On the Wings of a Snow White Dove."

Shirley Moerike was in charge of registration.

Flower attendant was Sally Shaffer.

Casket Bearers were Pearle's grandchildren Matthew Moos, Kyle Moos, Toni Janas, and Erik Janas.

Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Gregory, SD.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Gary, Doug, & Linda, So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I have so many fond memories of Pearl & your family. Stating at a very young age when our moms would enjoy coffee, dessert, & gossip. Also remember her as a Sunday School teacher. She was such a kind and calm woman. God Bless You in your grief.

Posted by Mary-Jane Seeley Green - Tulsa, OK - Family Friend   October 30, 2017

To my dearest cousin Pearl, I know you will be in peace now & with Bill
& your brother ,, I'll miss all the good times we shared In Gregory with fried chicken & eating out, Good memories !!! I well miss our conversations.. Thank you Linda for letting me know.. Will always love you until we me again. Duane Dunkak

Posted by Duane Dunkak - Lake Havasu City, AZ - Family   October 17, 2017

I am sorry about your mom. She was a friend of my parents and a member of a generation that cannot ever be replaced. Please know that you are in my thoughts and sending sympathy to you and your family.
Judy Bartels

Posted by judy bartels - Winner, SD - Friend   October 15, 2017

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