Janet ‘Jan’ McClure, 78

Dec. 8, 1940 —
Dec 29, 2018
CRESCO - Janet “Jan” McClure, age 78, of Cresco, Iowa lost her tough battle with breast cancer on Dec. 29, 2018, surrounded by family while resting at home. 
Visitation was held on Jan. 3, 2019 at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco. A second visitation was held at Kale Funeral Home in Osceola, Iowa on Jan. 4, 2019 . Interment was at the Leon Cemetery on Jan. 5, 2019. Hindt- Hudek Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 
Jan was born on Dec. 8, 1940 in Decatur County, Iowa to Chester and Beryl (Bethards) Cartwright. She attended grade school at Davis City, Iowa and went to Leon High School, graduating in May 1959. She attended Simpson College, followed by Northeast Missouri State College, finishing her teaching degree at Drake University. She received her Master’s degree at University of Northern Iowa in Library Science. 
Jan was united in marriage to Karlos McClure on Jan. 29, 1961 in Kirksville, Mo. Two children were born to this union. They moved to New Virginia, Iowa, where she taught at Interstate 35 Community School District in the St. Charles building for one year. She then worked for an insurance company while finishing her teaching degree at Drake University. 
After receiving her degree, she taught at Norwalk Community School District. Jan then went back to Interstate 35, where she finished her teaching career. After a year of retirement, the couple moved to Exira, where she worked at the Exira Care Center. While there, she decided to go back to school to receive her Care Center Administration certification. Jan and Karlos then moved to Ft. Atkinson, Iowa, and she worked at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco, in the Administrative office. Their final move after retirement was to Cresco. 
In her spare time, Jan loved to read, shop, travel, watch college football and basketball, garden and quilt. She was kept busy attending her grandchildren’s activities, even traveling long distances to see them play. Jan was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan, often consulting with her assistant coach, Camilla Conway. 
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Karlos of Cresco; son, Tony McClure of Waverly, Iowa; daughter, Shelly (Jeff, favorite son-in-law) McAllister of Cresco; grandchildren Meghan (Ryan) Harrod of Cresco, Kaitlin (Alex) Holmstrom of Des Moines, Iowa and Austin (fiancée Haley Martin) McAllister of Iowa City, Iowa; a sister, Nancy (Don) Gordon Shearer of Pueblo, Colo.; sister-in-law, Sherry (David) Lincoln of Omaha, Neb.; step-sister-in-law, Mary Margaret (Bill) Hill of Lake Ozark, Mo.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many family friends. She is also survived by her dear friend, Camilla Conway. 
Jan was preceded in death by her parents; mother and father-in-law, Gale McClure and Maxine McClure Greenhalgh; step-father-in-law, Robert Greenhalgh; grandparents, George and Goldie Bethards and Clarence and Mable Cartwright; and numerous aunts and uncles. 
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to HoCA (Howard County Cancer Association), Howard County Community Hospice or the Mayo Foundation. 

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