Janice Karlene Rens

September 4, 1938 ~ June 4, 2020 (age 81)


RENS - Janice Karlene Rens, age 81, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020. Janice is survived by her children, Karen (Roger) Cook, Christopher A. Zant, Beth Wagner, Eric Zant, Bryan Rens; grandchildren, Aaron (Amanda) Cook, Nathan (JooRi) Cook, Elsie Emilia Wagner, Izabella Zant, Emmerson Zant, Mia Rens; great grandson, Parker Cook. Janice's life journey took her from Sioux City, IA to Fairbanks, AK to Smyrna, TN to her longest and final stop, Grand Rapids, MI. She was an avid fan of mystery novels and TV shows. Mostly, she was a fan of the attractive detectives. Along with reading, Janice enjoyed crafting, cooking, and baking. She always enjoyed anything that kept her close to her Norwegian heritage. Before retiring, Janice was a seamstress for General Motors for nearly 30 years. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life is tentatively planned for Sunday, September 6, 2020. To share a photo, memory, and sign the family's online guestbook please visit To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Janice Karlene Rens please visit our Sympathy Store.

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