She was born March 5, 1935, in rural Pratt County, the daughter of Harold and Gladys Benton Arell. Janet attended high school in Alden and Sterling, and later graduated from Barton County Community College in Great Bend. She has resided in Sterling since 2006, formerly of Holyrood. Janet worked at the Sterling Co-op, Sylvan Grove and Morrill High School and for USD 328 in Holyrood as school secretary for 31 years, retiring in 1996. She was baptized in 1955 in the Sterling Baptist Church.
On Jan. 29, 1953, Janet was united in marriage with Rex G. Amend in Las Vegas, N.M. He preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 2011.
She also is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bobby Arell; sister, Benita Arell Thompson; and nephew, Ricky Arell.
She is survived by her brother-in-law, Bill and Gin Amend of El Dorado; sister-in-law, Connie Green of Sterling; nieces, Susan (Dave) Adams of Kanorado, Karla Tillery of South Hutchinson, Sharla (Tony) Dolezal of Stafford and Cindy Arell of Hutchinson; and nephew, Tim Arell of Sterling.
Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Birzer Funeral Home in Sterling, with Pastor Michael Gray officiating. Burial will be at Sterling Community Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Sterling Fire Department, Sterling High School Scholarship Fund or Donor’s Choice in care of Birzer Funeral Home.
The Sabetha Herald 4/24/2019