Janice Faye Gonzales, 80, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died August 21, 2023 at Stone Hearth Estates in Gothenburg, NE.
Janice Faye Gonzales was born March 8, 1943 to Ed and Mabel (Franzen) Kuhlman in Gothenburg, NE. She grew up on a farm north of town with her three siblings Patricia, Don, and Rhonda. Janice attended Gothenburg High School, where she met the love of her life John (Jim) Gonzales. It did not take long for them to notice this love was serious and was going to be never ending. The couple traveled to Council Bluffs, IA to be married on May 27,1958. This was just the beginning of the traveling for the two as they lived many different places coast to coast with a few stops in between. In this union, Janice and Jim had four children, John, Joy, Judith, and Jill. The family lived in many different places before they came back to Gothenburg and decided to settle down. Later in life Janice, added her favorite title to her name, grandma. Janice and Jim have 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Janice spent most of her time working as a Secretary at American Lutheran Church in Gothenburg, where she touched the lives of many people in the community and became a fixture of the church. She was also a member of the church choir for many years. After retirement, Janice and Jim spent most of their time working out in the yard and gardening together. They followed their grandchildren around to watch many different sporting events and concerts. Janice and Jim made it to as many cross country, wrestling, and golf meets, and basketball, volleyball and softball games, and band and choir concerts decked out in school color. The couple enjoyed going to church and visiting over coffee when service was over. They also made sure to watch all things Huskers and Royals.
Janice is survived by her husband, Jim Gonzales, of Gothenburg, NE; her children, John (Anastasia) Gonzales of Cape Girardeau, MO, Judith (Darin) Nichols of McCook, NE, and Jill (Bob) Jorgenson of Gothenburg, NE; her siblings Don (Marbara) Kuhlman of Brady, NE and Rhonda (Tom) Jobman of Gothenburg, NE, her grandchildren Emilyne (Austen) Sis of McCook NE, Alex (Kim) Jorgenson of Gothenburg, NE, Helena (Spencer) Dorn of Lenexa, KS, Olivia Jorgenson of Chadron, NE, Hannah (Bryce) Dame of McCook NE, Matthew Nichols of McCook, NE, Augustus Gonzales of Cape Girardeau, MO, and Bethany Nichols of McCook NE, and her two great grandsons Bennett Sis and Bowe Jorgenson. She is also survived by several sister and brother in law's as well as nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her daughter Joy Gonzales, parents Ed and Mabel Kuhlman, her sister Patricia Aden, brother in law Gene Aden, brother in law Paul Gonzales, and nephew Matt Kuhlman.
Services will be held at American Lutheran Church, October 13, 2023 at 10:30 am with Pastor Doug Hjelmstad officiating.
Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the ELCA World Hunger Fund, or the American Lutheran Church