LINCOLN — Janet Jean (Schimmer) Swanson, 88, of Lincoln passed away Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.
Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Hastings College Foundation for teachers college or band.
Janet was born in Webster, S.D., on July 15, 1932, as an only child to Myrtle and Edward Schimmer. Janet grew up in Genoa. It was here that she became an excellent clarinet player and played for Hastings College. After college, Janet entered the teaching field.
Her first job was at Hawthorne Elementary School in Lincoln. After teaching one year in Lincoln another opportunity opened, and at the age of 21, not knowing a single person in California, she boarded a train with all her worldly possessions and set out on a new adventure. What an adventure that turned out to be as this is where she met her future husband. On Friday, July 13, 1956, Loran and Janet were married in Hastings.
Loran received orders to join the Com 7 Fleet Staff in Japan shortly after they were married and Janet joined him in Japan for 10 months. After returning to San Diego and teaching again, an opportunity arose and Janet and Loran headed back to Nebraska to engage in some business ventures.
They stayed in Nebraska for 35 years and then spent 16 wonderful years in Sun City West, Ariz., where they enjoyed retirement life. The past 10 years were spent in Lincoln to be closer to family.
She is survived by her spouse of 64 years, Loran; children, Mike (Kathy), Bryon (Claudia), Ann (Jerry) Bartek and Stacy; and eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Myrtle Schimmer, and a son-in-law, Jim Swiggart.
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