Janice Dale, 79, Fairmont

Published 6:17 pm Saturday, October 13, 2012

Janice M. (Chapman) Dale, daughter of Kenneth and Maureen (Brogger) Chapman, was born July 30, 1933, in Butterfield. She passed away Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Lutz Wing in Fairmont, at the age of 79.


She attended Fairmont High School, obtained her GED and graduated from the Spencer School of Business.

She was united in marriage to Merritt T. Dale in 1950. The couple farmed in Armstrong, Iowa, for 45 years. Janice and Merritt then started Dales Recreation where she worked and did bookkeeping. In 1971 they purchased the State Line Store north of Armstrong, Iowa, where they lived and worked. She enjoyed bowling, Bible study and dancing. Her greatest pleasure in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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She was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church in Armstrong and active in circle.

Left to cherish Janice’s memory are her husband, Merritt, of Fairmont; her children, Patricia (Jeff) Spicer, Savage, Richard (Cathy) Dale, Armstrong; Catherine (Randal) Tiegs, Glenville; Robert Dale, Dolliver, Iowa; Sarah (Ramon) Valetti, Algona, Iowa; Mike Dale, Sherburn; brother Bob Chapman; niece Becky (Bob) Hanson and nephew James Chapman; sisters-in-law: Ella Dale and Jean (Ron) Kjos, brothers-in-law: Kenneth Dale and Dennis (Shelley) Dale, a special friend Angela (Greg) Hanson, 19 living grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Preceding Janice in death were her parents, sister-in-law Mary Chapman and grandson Corey Randal Tiegs.