Obit: Janet Carstens


Janet M. Carstens, 86, of Wilton, Iowa died Saturday, May 15, 2021 surrounded by her family at her home.

Visitation was held Tuesday, May 18 at Bentley Funeral Home in Wilton. Funeral services followed the visitation. Private family interment will be in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilton Elementary School to provide books for her students.

Janet was born Aug. 20, 1934 in Wilton to Richard and Ruth (Lang) Schneekloth. She married Henry “Hans” E. Carstens on Aug. 31, 1957 in Davenport. He preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 2000.

Jan graduated from Wilton High School. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Wilton, and the Wilton American Legion Auxiliary.

In early years, Jan worked at the Wilton Candy Kitchen. She and Hans owned and operated the New Liberty Sale Barn for many years. Most recently, her greatest joy was volunteering and working with the kids at Wilton Elementary School.

She enjoyed sewing and making yarn art tissue boxes and coaster sets. Above all, Jan’s love for her family was paramount, and she cherished the time she spent with them.

Jan is lovingly remembered by her daughters: Candy Clausen (Billy Wallace) of Tipton and Connie (Dan) Fratzke of Durant; grandchildren: Jennie Clausen Houck (Ryder Houck), Nathan Fratzke and Jacob Fratzke; great-grandchildren: Caitlin, Taylor and Xander Crane, Gavin and Alexandra Houck; great-great-granddaughter Paisley Ganzer; daughter-in-law Mary Carstens of Wilton; brother Jerry (Janice) Schneekloth of Bloomfield, and sister-in-law Betty Schneekloth of Overland Park, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son Lanny Carstens, grandson Bobby Crane, great-granddaughter Charity Crane, and brothers Harold and Charlie Schneekloth.

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