Janet Helen Davitt (July 22, 2016)

Janet Helen DavittAugust 5, 1941 ~ July 22, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016
3:00 – 8:00 PM
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
The family will greet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Church.

Monday, July 25, 2016
7:00 PM
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Harlan, IA
(get directions)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
10:30 AM
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Harlan, IA
(get directions)
Burial will be in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, IA

Husband – Pat Davitt of Harlan, IA
4 Daughters – Kim (John) Schmitz of Iowa City, IA
Lisa (Todd) Shaw of Ankeny, IA
Rachelle (Jeff) Goeser of Davenport, IA
Theresa (Jim) Kranz of Harvard, MA
9 Grandchildren – Jacob Schmitz
Aaron Schmitz
Ryan Shaw
Nicholas Shaw
Alyssa Goeser
Courtney Goeser
Lauren Goeser
Chloe Kranz
Lucas Kranz
1 Sister – Rosemary Ziskind of Falls Church, VA
2 Brothers – Glen (Linda) Phillips of Raleigh, NC
Dave (Sharon) Phillips of Bettendorf, IA
Other Relatives & Friends

American Cancer Society
American Heart Association

Janet Helen Davitt was born to Harry and Edrie (Callen) Phillips on August 5, 1941, in Centerville, Iowa, and grew up on a farm north of Centerville. Jan attended a one room country schoolhouse before graduating from Moravia (Iowa) High School in 1959. She graduated from AIB in Des Moines, Iowa, and worked for the Iowa Parole Board for several years.

Jan married Pat Davitt at St. John’s Basilica in Des Moines on August 25, 1962. They moved to Harlan, Iowa, where they were blessed to be the parents of four daughters. Her daughters and their families were a joy and support to her. She closely followed her nine grandchildren and their activities, attending innumerable events throughout the years. She was very proud of them all as they live their lives using their God-given gifts and talents to the best of their abilities.

Jan turned her love of travel into a successful business when she started Jan’s World Travel. Being a travel agent for 33 years gave her the opportunity to explore Central America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. She was energized by being around people and made friends wherever she went. Her PEO family was very special to her. She was a fabulous cook and was known especially for her pie crusts. She even won the Shelby County Apple Pie contest. Jan was an avid fan of Iowa football and enjoyed many years of tailgating at Homecoming games.

Her Catholic faith was important to her. She served on the St. Michael’s School Board and was a Eucharistic minister to those in the hospital, nursing homes and private homes. She was active in the Cursillo Renewal Retreats and used her Deacon Couple Formation contacts to counsel people seeking airline bereavement fares. After her own struggle with cancer, she was a leader in supporting other women by working with the Look Good Feel Better program. She was a friend to the Hispanic community, an advocate for the needy and an active volunteer for the Democratic Party, working for social justice.

Janet H. “Jan” Davitt died on Friday, July 22, 2016, at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 74 years, 11 months, and 17 days.

Jan was preceded in death by her parents and her brother-in-law, Jerry Ziskind. She is forever in our hearts. Those keeping her memory alive include her husband of 53 years, Pat Davitt of Harlan, Iowa; her four daughters, Kim (John) Schmitz of Iowa City, Iowa, Lisa (Todd) Shaw of Ankeny, Iowa, Rachelle (Jeff) Goeser of Davenport, Iowa, and Theresa (Jim) Kranz of Harvard, Massachusetts; nine grandchildren, including Jacob and Aaron Schmitz, Ryan and Nicholas Shaw, Alyssa, Lauren, and Courtney Goeser, and Chloe and Lucas Kranz; one sister, Rosemary Ziskind of Falls Church, Virginia; and two brothers, Glen (Linda) Phillips of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Dave (Sharon) Phillips of Bettendorf, Iowa.

A wake service was held on Monday, July 25, 2016, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Father Donald Bruck officiating. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan, with celebrant Father Paul Koch with Father Donald Bruck and Father Wayne Gubbels concelebrating assisted by Deacon Gail Stessman. Serving as musicians were John Rosman, Rod Carlson, and Ryan Burchett. Vocalists were Rosemary Williamson and Colleen Dankenbring. Casket bearers were Jacob Schmitz, Aaron Schmitz, Ryan Shaw, Nicholas Shaw, Alyssa Goeser, Courtney Goeser, Lauren Goeser, Chloe Kranz, and Lucas Kranz. Burial was in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.burmeisterjohannsen.com.

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7 Responses to Janet Helen Davitt (July 22, 2016)

  1. Marti Rose says:

    Deepest sympathy, She was always so nice and had supportive words whenever I saw her at school or church.
    Marti Rose

  2. Jane Kruse/Sherrick says:

    My heart felt condolence to the Davitt family. I remember working at SuperValu and meeting all the family (the girls, Jan and your Dad, Walter) and thinking what a great hard working family. As Jan will be dearly missed, she is know an Angel looking down upon each of you. Prayers and Hugs to all of you…Jane Kruse/Sherrick

  3. Judy and Terry Knapp says:

    Dear Pat and family, Sincere Sympathy to all of you in the loss of Jan. Judy and Terry Knapp

  4. Colleen LaPorte says:

    Dear Pat, Kim, Lisa, Rachelle and Theresa,
    I am so sad. I had heard that Jan had been in the hospital but didn’t know what was wrong. I got an email from Dianne Lawson today and she told me Jan had died on Friday. I couldn’t believe it.
    I remember all of you so well and think of Jan as a dear friend. The last time I saw her she had just come from the hair dresser and looked beautiful.

    Pat, I’ll try to call you in a week or so.
    Colleen LaPorte

  5. John S Howe says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    John & Lisa Howe family
    Red Wing, MN

  6. Jill Tunender says:

    So sorry to hear that Jan passed away. She was a very sweet lady! I remember her welcoming us to the neighborhood. She brought over some delicious chocolate chip cookies. She will be greatly missed! Joe, Jill, Hannah,& Ashley Tunender

  7. Linda Zahner says:

    Dear Pat and family, my deep sympathy and prayers. I had been looking forward to connecting with you and Jan this summer. Please be assured of my prayers in your loss.
    Sr. Linda Zahner

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