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Pearle Janas
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  • Gregory Legion Auxiliary
    223 Main St.
    Gregory, SD 57533
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  • United Methodist Church
    506 Church Ave
    Gregory, SD 57533

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“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...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Mary-Jane Seeley Green - Tulsa, OK

“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 ...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Duane Dunkak - Lake Havasu City, AZ

“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...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: judy bartels - Winner, SD


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.