Condolence & Memory Journal

It has been two weeks since my dear sister was raised up by our Lord and Savior to be with our parents, Leo and Esther Houser, our brother, Donnie, whom none of his 5 sisters were fortunate enough to know, and Jan's twin sister, Jean, who passed in 2009. Throughout these last 2 weeks as I have been able to process the loss of a big sister, I reflect back on memories of our childhood days and the ordinary games we played, hopscotch, red rover, and paper dolls, playing cards, "Easy Money", and telling our fortunes. But, my memories also include the made-up games, including bouncing the ball on the McComb barn next to our house on Tecumseh St., while making up our own stories, and playing "Hide Out" with the twins and the neighborhood kids. The twins invited me to play with them, I knew I was lucky. Being four years younger, when my 9 year old sisters told me to do something.....I did it. This meant dressing me up like a baby and them trying to pass me off as our mothers's "new baby" around the neighborhood. I wasn't embarrassed, I got to play with my sisters. I was lucky. Jan and I would sit on the swing on our front porch on any summer night and sing "Tammy" made popular by Debbie Reynolds from the movie "Tammy and the Bachelor". One neighbor would encourage us to continue singing... I'm betting others couldn't wait for the noise to stop. I loved all my sisters, but there was no hesitation when I got married and asked Janet to be my Maid of Honor. She stood by my side that day as she did the months and years after. She was the "cool aunt" to my daughters and she held their respect until the end. Jan 's illness, as my mothers, brought the family closer together. When I would visit her she and I would sing that song together until she no longer could. I can't help but think how lucky people were to have Janet in their lives. How lucky, no, blessed, was I to have her in mine as my big sister.

Posted by Patty (Houser) Kerlin - Fort Wayne, IN   October 05, 2018

My husband, Jim, enjoyed golfing with Dick...especially when he brought Janet with him! He spoke fondly of both of you and would want me to send condolences. Thinking of you

Posted by Nancy Rivera - Ft.Wayne, IN   September 26, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Janet for your loss. May God bring you comfort in your time of grief. (2 Thessalonians 2: 16)

Posted by A friend   September 24, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Love. God understands the comfort that we need when we lose a loved one. May you confide in Him always because His understanding is beyond measure. (Psalm 147:5)

Posted by A friend   September 24, 2018