Janice Marion Puma, Kernville, entered eternal rest on May 16, 2017 after a courageous year-long battle with cancer. She was born December 5, 1935, to Dorothy and Ralph Hanke in Champaign, Illinois, the second of four children. She was 13 when her parents and her siblings Patricia, Frederick and Steven moved to Southern California, where she lived most of her life. She met her husband Jim in a Lutheran Church in North Hollywood and after their marriage on July 25, 1953, they began raising a family of three girls and a boy, Lori, Daniel, Jill and Catherine.
Jan was a stay at home mother while her children were young, busily engaged in Girl Scouts, PTA and other family based activities. When her children were older, she began taking college classes and at age 50; she graduated from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. She began work as a clerk typist for PRC, and she retired 20 years later as a Human Resources Supervisor.
When Jan and Jim both retired, they built a beautiful home in Kernville and moved here in 2001. They found a church home at the Kernville United Methodist Church and were very active in church and community activities. Jan joined Sweet Adelines chorus and also sang soprano in the church choir. She was very involved in the women’s group in the church, holding many offices, and she also served on the church council.
One of her projects was making Prayer Quilts to be given to people who were ill, bereaved or otherwise in need of comfort. She and a group of volunteers have made and given away nearly 300 quilts. She also was an avid Bridge player and a member of the Tuesday and Thursday club. Jan also enjoyed being a docent in the KRV Historical Society museum.
After nearly 60 years of a happy marriage, Jan’s husband Jim died on November 2, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her son, Daniel Puma, and survived by her daughters, Lori Manning, Jill LaFace and Catherine Atkins. Survivors also include a sister Pat Garant, and brothers Frederick Hanke and Steven Hanke. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. She is missed by all who knew and loved her. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, July 15, 11:00 a.m. at the Kernville Methodist Church. All are invited to attend, share memories and enjoy lunch following the service.