Janice A. Nowitzke
August 25, 1934 - October 23, 2021
Janice Ann (Sims) Nowitzke was born on August 25, 1934 in Ann Arbor to Clayton and Marie (Chinavare) Sims. She attended Town Line and St. Patrick grade schools and was a 1951 graduate of St. Mary Academy.
On August 21, 1954 Janice married Robert Nowitzke at St. Patrick Catholic Church. She and Bob worked side by side on their family farm - milking cows, raising crops and nurturing their five children - until they retired in 2007. Prior to her marriage, she worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Company and in later years was part of the kitchen staff at Raisinville School. She left that job in 1991 to assist in caring for her mother.
Janice was a lifetime member of St. Patrick Church in Carleton where she was a member of the Altar Society and St. Catherine’s Guild. She also helped for many years at parish dinners and festivals. She enjoyed cooking for her family, canning every summer, playing bunco, visiting casinos with friends, family gatherings, and attending hundreds of sporting events for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Janice gained eternal life in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Fountain View of Monroe. She is survived by her husband, Robert; five children, Gary (Marguerite), Thomas (Lori), Larry (Janine), Lisa (Charles) Bruck, and Bob (Donald Brady); 15 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren; brothers James (Lynn) Sims and Ronald (Kathy) Sims, and one sister, (Mary) Chris Sims; sisters-in-law Barbara (Loren) Young, Betty Duby, and Bonnie (George) Hoppert. She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Jeffrey Theisen; brother, Clayton (Gene) Sims; sister-in-law, Audrey Sims; and brother-in-law, Earl Duby.
Family and friends may attend the visitation at Rupp Funeral Home in Monroe on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. The rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. by Deacon Tracy Esper. She will lie in state at Divine Grace Parish, St. Patrick Campus, in Carleton at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. A Mass of the Resurrection will begin at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick School or a charity of the donors choosing.