Janet M. Pogue

October 12, 1932 ~ December 31, 2018 (age 86)

Janet M. Pogue, 86, of Bettendorf, Iowa, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018 at her home.

Her memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Davenport where she was a member.  Visitation will be held from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. on Sunday at the church.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the PEO Scholarship Fund. 

Janet was born on October 12, 1932 in Enid, Oklahoma, the daughter of Alvin & Eleanor (Meyer) Mueller.  She graduated from high school in Decatur, Illinois and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Millikin University in Decatur in June of 1954.

She was united in marriage to Don D. Pogue on June 13, 1954 in Decatur and they raised their family in Naperville, Illinois.  He preceded her in death on December 9, 2010. 

Janet was an accomplished pianist and accompanist.  She accompanied many choral groups and played in many other venues.  Her favorite times, however, were playing duets with children and grandchildren.

Janet was once described as a joy bomb.  She had a way of making you smile and feel better regardless of her own aches and pains.  People were drawn to her and her care impacted so many.

Her love of family is legendary.  She planned her life around visits with them and loved to travel to see them.  She has made a cross stitch quilt for each great-grandchild but it was her prayers that covered us all that will be especially missed.  She loved her Lord and Savior and that legacy has impacted all of us who were blessed to call her mom, grandma or great-grandma!

Those left to honor Janet’s memory include her daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Bob Gaster of Bettendorf, Cindy and Dave Harms of Tiffin, Iowa and Donna and Loran Ruhnow of Conroe, Texas; her son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Molly Pogue of Taylor Lake Village, Texas; her grandchildren, Adrienne (Tristan) Agre, Claire (Chad) Walker, Jacob (Samantha) Gaster, Eric (Jennifer) Harms, Jeff (Amanda) Ruhnow, Angela (Eric) Burkett, Bethany (Joe) Hermes, Megan (Shawn) Pressley, Brandon (Madilynn) Pogue and Sandi Pogue; her great-grandchildren, Aliyah, Selah, Obadiah and Zephaniah Agre, Charles and Margaret Walker, Ezra, Rebekah and Adah Ruhnow, Isabella Harms and Josephine Hermes; and her sisters, Alice (Edward) LeFevre of Peoria, Illinois and Roberta Dalpini of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In addition to her husband Don, Janet was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother-in-law, Richard Dalpini.

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