Janet Burkhalter


Janet Ann Burkhalter, 82, of Ottumwa, died at 10:35 p.m. April 27, 2023 at Vista Woods Care Center.

She was born August 22, 1940 in Vincennes, IA to Beryl and Eleanor Perry Shinn. Janet married Edgar “Gene” Burkhalter on December 29, 1973 and he preceded her in death on May 28, 2005.

A graduate of Central of Argyle, Janet operated a day care in her home and was very passionate about being a foster parent, alongside her husband, for 30 years.

She was a member of Trinity Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are her daughters, Eleanor Arnold (Brandon Lindquist) of Ottumwa, Jana (Dustin) Stansberry of Deltona, FL; 6 grandchildren, Christian Arnold, Ainsley Arnold (Bryan Brain), Keaton Arnold, Xavian Arnold, Matthew Bailey and Tyler Bailey (Pheonix Fort); her siblings, Mary Ash and Robert Shinn both of Ottumwa;

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Beryl Jr., Lloyd, Bill and John Shinn and Audrey Boehl, and an infant sister, Virginia.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 2nd at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 3rd at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Selden officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Church of the Nazarene.

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