Grace Mary Jansen, age 81, of Bonnots Mill, passed into heaven on January 21, 2014, at University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia surrounded by her family.
She was born September 8, 1932, in Loose Creek, a daughter of the late Herbert and Gertrude (Muenks) Porting.
On April 28, 1954, she was united in marriage to Albert A. Jansen at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Loose Creek. He survives at the home.
Grace was a 1950 graduate of Loose Creek High School. She worked at the Department of Social Services for the State of Missouri until she and Albert started their family in Bonnots Mill. They are members of St. Louis of France Catholic Church Bonnots Mill.
She enjoyed crossword puzzles, quilting, fishing, gardening, flowers and doing jigsaw puzzles. Grace loved playing with her grandchildren and baking them cookies, family gatherings, and serving her parish community.
In addition to her husband of 59 years, Albert A. Jansen of Bonnots Mill, she is survived by eleven of her twelve children: Joseph and Bernadette (Connor) Jansen of Indianapolis, Ind. and their three sons, Andrew, Brian (great grandson, Nolan) and Nicholas. Jerome and Beverly (Neier) Jansen of Bonnots Mill and their four children, Elizabeth, Matthew, Christopher and LeAnna. Richard and Rosamond (Hereford) Jansen of Pensacola, Fl. and their three sons, Michael, Aaron and Tyler. Daniel and Judy (Thomas) Jansen of Tebbetts. Paul and Vikki (Bailey) Jansen of Pensacola, Fl. and their two daughters, Melissa and Marie. Edgar and Cheryl (Tichelkamp) Jansen of Bonnots Mill and their three sons, Daniel, Craig and Curtis. Terry and Mary (Jansen) Finn of Jefferson City. Jeff and Linda (Bond) Jansen of Russellville. Ronald and Teresa (Tronu) Jansen of Pensacola, Fl. and their two children, Mark and Amanda. Joseph and Carla (Jansen) Henderson of Bonnots Mill and their two sons, Benjamin and Joseph. Thomas and Kimberly (Kremer) Jansen and their four children, Brittany Baur, Kenyon, Ryan and Lanie;
Five siblings: Allan and Shirley (Prenger) Porting of St. Martins, Richard and Jeannie (Oidtman) Porting of Loose Creek, Charles and Carol (Groff) Porting of Bonnots Mill, Sylvia (Porting) Roling of Loose Creek, and James and Karen (Porting) Call of Russellville.
Grace was preceded in death by: her oldest son, Michael Jansen; a brother and sister in law, Arthur and Catherine (Rotter) Porting, and her brother in law, Bill Roling.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at St. Louis of France Catholic Church, in Bonnots Mill. A prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 24, 2014, at St. Louis of France Catholic Church in Bonnots Mill with Fr. Don Antweiler as the Celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Louis of France Parish Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Loose Creek.