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Janyce H. Nasgowitz Memorial Page



This is Jan's obituary as it appeared in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on July 6, 2011

Janyce H. Nasgowitz passed away July 4, 2011, at home.

She was born Nov. 11, 1935, in Sioux Falls, S. D., the daughter of Vernon, a lumberman, and Pearl (nee Lord) Howlett. Janyce graduated from Washington High School in 1954, and worked for Northwestern Bell, Sioux Falls, as telephone operator (1954 - 1955) then as clerk in the Outside Plant Engineer's Office (1955 - 1958). Married to David Nasgowitz in Sioux Falls on Sept. 20, 1958, the couple moved to Chicago, where she worked at Illinois Bell as a typist and editorial clerk (1958 - 1964).She was editorial secretary in the Committee of Mathematical Biology at the University of Chicago (1964 - 1966), and then secretary to the Dean of Students at the university's Divinity School (1966 - 1969). She attended Loop Junior College and the University of Illinois , graduating (cum Laude) in anthropology in 1973. She was office manager of the Oriental Institute Museum (January - August 1975), and then was editorial secretary in the Franklin McLean Memorial Research Institute in Billings Hospital at the University of Chicago (1975 - 1980). She was assistant teacher in the Agape Pre-school in Community Baptist Church, Warrenville, Ill. (1980 -1981). Then she was secretary to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., (1981 - 1989), and later reference archivist there (1989 - 1998). She became a certified archivist in the Society of American Archivists in 1991.

Janyce was an avid reader of mysteries, adventure, historical novels and fantasy; kept score at baseball games; researched family histories; and enjoyed travel in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Egypt. She studied dress design at the Ray Vogue School in Chicago.

She is survived by her husband, David; her son, Jonathan; her daughter, Rachel; also families of her brother, Jay (Kitty) Howlett; her cousins, Peggy (Jeffery) Samuelson, Richard (Diana) Polzin, Jolene (Orlen) Johnson and Shirley (Paul) Hovdeness; her brother-in-law, Donald (Diane) Nasgowitz; and her sister-in-law, Priscilla (Gery) Danning.


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