Janet L. (Pearson) Wolf

Local obituary


Janet Louise (Pearson) Wolf, 89, West Branch, died on Dec. 29, 2021 at The Birdhouse Hospice in Iowa City, Iowa.

Services will take place on Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. Visitation will take place at 10 a.m. and the service will begin at 11 a.m. The funeral service will be live streamed beginning at 11 a.m.. on the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home Facebook page: https://fb.me/e/1nC3VhB5d. Graveside services will be held at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in West Liberty, immediately following the service.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to The Birdhouse – Hospice Home of Johnson County Iowa or the West Branch United Methodist Church.

She was born on Oct. 24 1932, the daughter of Melvin and Lorene (Morris) Pearson of West Branch. She was active in West Branch School girls’ basketball, drama, band, vocal music, FFA, and 4-H. She graduated Valedictorian in 1950 and went to the Iowa State University to study clothing and textiles.

She married her high school sweetheart John Charles (Chuck) Wolf on Jan. 5, 1951, and they began farming in the West Liberty area. Through Chuck’s work, the family lived in West Liberty, as well as Moberly, Missouri; Hartley, Iowa and West Branch. In each of these communities, she worked outside of the home as a bank teller, a bookkeeper and as the Administrative Assistant for the Publications Department at ACT.

Janet was an active member of the community, serving on several West Branch United Methodist Church committees. She was also a Brownie troop leader, band parent, CiMota service group, women’s golf league, bridge club, and supported many West Branch Lion Club activities. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, canning, dancing, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends.

She and Chuck were able to enjoy many travel adventures during their 69.5 years of marriage. Their adventures took them on church work trips to Alaska and Montana. They also toured Hawaii, Australia, Mexico, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Panama Canal.

She is survived by her three daughters, Linda (Paul) Jeziorski, Glen Ellyn, Illinois; Laurie (Jeff Freude), Des Moines, Iowa; and Elizabeth (Glen) Taylor, North Liberty, Iowa. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Helen Freude, Des Moines, Iowa and John Freude (Laura Proescholdt), Minneapolis, Minnesota as well as her sisters, Mary Roth, Iowa City, Margaret Colony, North Liberty; and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck Wolf; her parents; and her brother, Bob Pearson.