Janice H. (Lehman) Lunz

Janice Lunz, age 97, died peacefully at her home in Leavenworth on May 4, 2018. She was born and raised in Mankato, Minnesota and lived in Ballard, Washington most of her life. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Greg and Sharon Lunz, daughter-in-law Debbi Lunz, granddaughter Monica (Chris) Adams, and great-grandchildren Aleah and Devin. Her husband Ewald, daughter Nancy and son Gary preceded her in death.
Janice lived a life filled with love and compassion. She had a twinkle in her eye, a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone she met.
Janice had clear priorities – nothing was more important to her than her family and friends. She remained close with old schoolmates from grade school, neighbors, former co-workers, and of course family through her regular correspondence with lovely hand-written letters and the perfect card for every holiday and special occasion throughout the year. Once she made a friend she kept the friend for life.
An avid gardener with a very green thumb, she surrounded her homes with beautiful flowers, and never met a weed that could survive in her garden.
Janice worked in retail her entire career, first in women’s apparel for many years at the Bon Marche in downtown Seattle, and later at Phil’s Jewelers in Ballard, as well as a craft store. She was known for her classy, timeless style of dress right up to the end of her life. She never left the house without a perfectly coordinated outfit, right down to the scarf and gloves. She was artistic and creative and loved to sew, do fine needlework, and make elaborate Christmas ornaments.
Janice was as fine and rare a person as the delicate porcelain and crystal items she like to collect, but unlike her collectibles, she was incredibly strong and resilient. After her husband Ewald was killed in a car accident in 1953, she raised and supported three wonderful children singlehandedly, even though she never drove a car. She walked and took the bus everywhere, shopping and children in tow.
Janice was truly an amazing person and will be dearly missed.
Private family services will be held at a later date.

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