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Janice's Story

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Janice Marie Hoekman Quinn was born on June 22, 1939, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The oldest of four children born to Jennie and Arthur Hoekman, a farming family of Dutch descent, she was baptized in the Colton Christian Reformed Church in Colton, South Dakota.

In 1951, she and her family moved to a farm near Peoria, Iowa. Janice graduated from Peoria Christian Grade School in 1953, and from Pella Christian High School in 1957. In 1960, Janice graduated from Lutheran Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For many years, she gave aid and comfort to the sick in this occupation.

Janice also became a flight attendant in the golden age of air travel. She flew around the globe with PanAm, TWA, American Airlines, and World Airways, visiting places as far-flung as Bulgaria, China, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, and Rwanda. Many of her loved ones traveled with her to exotic locations. Additionally, for more than 20 years, she continued to work between flights as a nurse at New York Hospital and New York University Hospital.

As much as Janice loved to travel, she was devoted to her family and her home. At a party in Manhattan in the 1960s, she met James Quinn, a native New Yorker who worked in advertising. They married on December 14, 1968, and enjoyed more than 47 years together. They raised their two sons, James and Geoffrey, first in New York City and then in Chappaqua, New York.

Well-known for her beautiful smile and caring disposition, Janice also created beauty everywhere around her. She added her lovely soprano to the Chappaqua Choral Group; she enjoyed making nutritious, delicious meals for her family and for friends experiencing illness, injury or other hardships; and her inviting home and garden gave testimony to her taste and attention to detail.

Janice and James moved to Woodstock, Georgia, in 1996. Janice was a member of Hillside United Methodist Church, where she served as a greeter at Sunday worship services and enjoyed friendships with other members of the church choir (1998-2006), and more recently, the ladies' Thursday afternoon Bible study and the Wednesday evening discipleship class.

Janice moved from Atlanta to Boston in 2012 in order to provide full-time care to her younger son, Geoffrey, during his bout with advanced sarcomaa battle he tragically lost in 2013. Alongside the sorrow of losing her son, Janice found joy in the births of her grandchildren, Brendan and Vienna, and making trips to California to visit with them and her son James and daughter-in-law Alyson.

In January 2015, shortly after Janice was diagnosed with advanced neuroendocrine cancer, her son James organized weekly prayer meetings via teleconference with numerous family and friends spread across four time zones. Janice enjoyed these meetings as opportunities to draw close to God as she listened to loved ones pray for her and share encouraging passages of Scripture, as well as the hymns that her brother Will sang at the conclusion of each prayer meeting.

Throughout her 16-month illness, Janice was lovingly cared for by her devoted husband and continued to enjoy frequent visits from her son James and her extended family. Even six months after her diagnosis, she continued to enjoy playing her beloved piano and tending her garden amongst the flowers, shrubs, trees, and her many bird houses.

Later, after becoming too ill to care for herself, she continued to find great comfort in playing hymns, filling her home with sweet music in praise of her Savior, whose presence she entered on April 27, 2016. Her husband and remaining son were each holding one of her hands as she breathed her last.

Janice is predeceased by her parents, Arthur Hoekman and Jennie DeHoogh Hoekman, and her son, Geoffrey Quinn. Those remaining to cherish her memory are: Her husband, James Quinn; Her son, James Quinn Jr., along with his wife, Alyson, and their young children, Brendan and Vienna; Her sister, Bernice Haverhals, along with her husband, John, and their daughters, Anne and Mary, Mary's husband Shane, and their young children, Shane, Stella, and Iva; Her sister, Gerada Gattein, along with her husband, Max, and their children, Stephane and Caroline; and Her brother, Will Hoekman, along with his wife, Dixie, and their children, Scott and Katherine.

A funeral service was held in Woodstock, Georgia on May 6, followed by internment at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia. To view the full obituary and express condolences, please sign our online guest book at http://www.sosebeefuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1793753.
Published on May 18, 2016
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