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“Bill, Our deepest sympathy. Helen and Tom Bertsch ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Tom Bartsch - East Lansing, MI

“So sorry to hear of Janice's passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Hope her and Grandpa and Grandma Heming are up in heaven catching up on...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Bobby Tittle - Fort Wayne, IN

“Bill and Family,My condolences for the loss of someone so special to you all. I loved her laugh and love of fun. You have my deepest sympathyand I...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Nancy French - CA - Family

“We are thinking of each and every one of you today. Wish we could be there to hold your hand, give you a hug and let you know you have our deepest...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Lee, Holly and Brandon Culbertson - FL

“I am so sorry to hear about Janice. She was very loving & caring person. She will me missed. I wish I could be there. My condolences to the Kemp...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Cherie Cross-Kennard - MO

“Kelly and family im so sorry for the loss of your mom you have my deepest sympthys ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Ginger Cue - Peosta, IA - Friend

“Sorry for your loss whitey and family...Also from niece Jessica ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Beanie Baumhover - Dubuque, IA

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Janice C. Kemp, age 77, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 6:40 p.m., on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at home, surrounded by her loving family and holding the hand of her dear husband. To honor Janice's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, with Deacon Bill Biver officiating. To celebrate Janice's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 16, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Janice was born on the family farm in Galena, Illinois, on October 28, 1939, the daughter of Ellsworth H. and Mildred L. (Knautz) Post.

Janice grew up on the family farm in Galena, IL. Sadly, her father was called home when Janice was quite young, which left only her mother, and the 3 kids to work the farm. Out of necessity, perseverance, and a strong team mentality, would immediately develop within the family unit. This attitude would quickly translate into the importance they would place on an education. At the age of 5, Janice would begin her committed attendance at the Mt. Pleasant one room school house. With continued determination, she would attend Galena High School and confidently grip the reigns of adulthood with a strong work ethic, and an education, firmly in place. Janice always treasured her accomplishment of a 3rd place 4-H calf in the Elizabeth County Fair, but it wasn't long before the country girl would finally meet her destined city boy and soul-mate, William "Whitey" Kemp. They would be united in marriage on February 20, 1960, and begin their new life together in Dubuque. They were truly blessed with 56 wonderful years together, and 4 beautiful daughters. Janice would primarily, and proudly, devote her life to caring for her family; but she would also invest over 18 years of her time to driving her kin at heart country kids on the Sageville school bus, where she could assist others children in safely traveling to obtain their education. Janice was an absolute wizard in the kitchen, and her skills have pleased the palates of countless family and friends for many generations now. The taste of her fresh vegetables from the garden, deliciously perfect dill pickles, and the world's greatest homemade Pasty will be ever present in the hearts and minds of her loved ones for decades ahead. Janice was an animal lover in the truest sense of the word; and her adoration was not limited simply to dogs and birds, but to all of God's creatures. Janice also generously and faithfully devoted over 51 years of her time as a Den Mother with the East Dubuque Drum and Bugle Corps. She was also known for her natural abilities to throw a few strikes at the bowling alley, complete a difficult jig saw puzzle in record time, and even turn an average camping trip into a collection of pleasant memories to be reminisced about for years to come. But at the end of the day, besides spending time with her absolutely adored grandchildren, some of the most precious free-time in Janice's life could be found in the hours she would spend painting and drawing. For several years, she would generously share her techniques, and God given talents, with family, friends, and the sisters at Mt. Carmel. As we grieve today at the loss of our dear wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, we will thankfully and collectively find tranquil moments of peace in the uniquely personal creations which will continue to adorn the walls of our earthly homes. Christmas will never be the same without our angel Janice, but the love and light she leaves behind will surely warm our hearts for many more seasons until we can all be reunited again one day.

Those left to cherish Janice's memory include

her loving husband,
William "Whitey" Kemp, Dubuque, IA;

her 4 daughters,
Tina (Richard) Cornwall, Dubuque, IA,
Debra (Jeff) Weiland, Dubuque, IA,
Tammy (Bruce) Phillips, East Dubuque, IL
and Kelly Gulyash, Dubuque, IA;

her 6 grandchildren,
Matthew (Chase) Cornwall,
Joshua Weiland,
Cassandra Cornwall,
Ashley Gulyash,
Amanda Weiland
and Amber Gulyash, all of Dubuque, IA;

her great grandchildren,
Jared Cornwall and Kaylee Mickel;

and her sister,
Mary "Bea" McRae, Warren, IL.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents; a sister in infancy, Margaret Post; a brother Robert Post; and a brother-in-law, George McRae.

A Janice C. Kemp memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Janice's family would like to extend a sincere and warm thank-you to the Dr's and nurses at Medical Associates, and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their wonderful care. They would also like to express a special commendation to Dr. Tom Schreiber, Jennifer Fondell and Cindy McInerney for going above and beyond in their care of Janice and her family.