Janet “Jan” McClure, age 78, lost her tough battle with breast cancer on December 29, 2018, surrounded by family while resting at home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco, Iowa from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A second visitation will be held at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Iowa on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Interment will be at the Leon Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019. Hindt- Hudek Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jan was born on December 8, 1940 in Decatur County Iowa to Chester and Beryl (Bethards) Cartwright. She attended grade school at Davis City. She went to Leon High School and graduated in May of 1959. She attended Simpson College, followed by Northeast Missouri State College and finished her teaching degree at Drake University. She received her Master’s degree at University of Northern Iowa in Library Science.
Jan was united in marriage to Karlos McClure on January 29, 1961 in Kirksville, Missouri. Two children were born to this union. They moved to New Virginia, Iowa where she taught at Interstate 35 Community School District in the St. Charles building for one year. Jan then worked for an insurance company while finishing her teaching degree at Drake University. After receiving her degree she taught at Norwalk Community School District. Jan then went back to Interstate 35 where she finished her teaching career. After a year of retirement, Jan moved to Exira with Karlos and worked at the Exira Care Center. While there she decided to go back to school to receive her Care Center Administration certification. Jan and Karlos then moved to Ft. Atkinson, Iowa and she worked at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco, Iowa in the Administrative office. Their final move after retirement was to Cresco.
In her spare time Jan loved to read, shop, travel, watch college football and basketball, garden and quilt. She was kept busy attending her grandchildren’s activities, even traveling long distances to see them play. Jan was an AVID Iowa Hawkeye fan, often consulting with her assistant coach Camilla Conway.
Survived by: husband of 57 years, Karlos of Cresco, son, Tony McClure of Waverly, Iowa, daughter, Shelly (Jeff, favorite son-in-law) McAllister of Cresco; grandchildren Meghan (Ryan) Harrod of Cresco, Kaitlin (Alex) Holmstrom of Des Moines, Iowa, and Austin (fiancée Haley Martin) McAllister of Iowa City, Iowa. A Sister Nancy (Don) Gordon Shearer of Pueblo, CO. sister-in-law Sherry (David) Lincoln Omaha, NE, step sister-in-law Mary Margaret (Bill) Hill of Lake Ozark, MO, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many family friends. Also her dear friend Camilla Conway.
Preceded in death by: her parents, mother and father-in-law Gale McClure and Maxine McClure Greenhalgh, step father-in-law Robert Greenhalgh, grandparents George and Goldie Bethards, Clarence and Mable Cartwright and numerous aunts and uncles.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers please consider donating to HoCA (Howard County Cancer Association), Howard County Community Hospice or the Mayo Foundation.