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Janet Marie Groenier
 

Memorial for Janet Marie Groenier

Born in Chicago, IL on Feb. 4, 1934
Departed on Mar. 30, 2017 and resided in Knoxville, TN.
Memorial Service: Saturday, Apr. 8, 2017
1:00 pm
Cemetery: Private
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Mrs. Janet M. Groenier passed from this earthly realm to her eternal home with the Lord March 30, 2017. She was at peace in her home in Knoxville, TN, with family members under care of Smoky Mountain Hospice. Death was from Alzheimer's disease and complications.

Jan was born Janet Marie Goodenow in Chicago, IL, Feb. 4, 1934, to H. Tracy and Helen Louise (Clark) Goodenow. She was a direct descendant from Capt. Edmund Goodenow who immigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony from Wiltshire, England, with his siblings in 1638. She was also a direct descendant of Rev. Samuel Doak, the first Presbyterian minister to cross the Appalachian mountains and establish a church and school in what became the State of Franklin and, after 1796, the eastern portion of the State of Tennessee. This connection qualified her for membership in the "First Families of Tennessee". Jan also qualified for this honor based on her descendancy from Thomas Norris Clark, one of the founders of the city of Kingston, TN, also a resident before statehood in 1796.

Jan's early education was obtained in Chicago Public Schools (Park Manor Elementary and Parker High School). She earned her B.A. degree from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. After graduation she taught elementary school in Moline, IL, Oak Ridge, TN, and Country Day School in Knoxville, TN.

Jan married William S. Groenier June 19, 1960, in Evanston, IL. The Groenier and Goodenow families were close friends since about 1941. This was not a wedding of childhood sweethearts as attraction was not serious until about 1958. They celebrated their 50th Anniversary with an extensive trip to the West touring several National Parks and enjoying the rustic lodges within the parks in 2010.

Jan's interests included Bible teaching, travel, reading and music. She was a member of the Goodenow Family Association (GFA) and Covenant Presbyterian (PCA) Church in Oak Ridge, TN. She became a Christian through the Young Life Ministry in high school and attended church throughout her life teaching many women's Bible classes. Her volunteer activities included the Children's Corner at the Knoxville Fantasy of Trees, greeter in the Children's Hospital surgical lounge, Knoxville Area Rescue Ministry Serenity Shelter and reading tutor at Lonsdale Elementary School. Jan also held memberships in the Knoxville Christian Women's Club, Belmont West Garden Club and the Oak Ridge chapter of AAUW. She was very interested in Appalachian history and culture, teaching an adult education course at Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge about the Scotch-Irish immigrant migration through the Shenandoah Valley and its effect on the culture of the region. Jan also taught other short courses there. She and her husband were long-time subscribers to the Knoxville Symphony and the Knoxville Opera Co.

Jan and her husband Bill enjoyed tours to Austria, Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska. They attended nearly a dozen Elderhostel (now Roads Scholar) courses in various locations including Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, New England, Texas and Wisconsin including nearby southeastern venues. Biennial Reunions were attended with the GFA to Kansas, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. Most vacation trips with their children involved camping with an RV at many southeastern sites including Florida and more major trips to the West, Great Lakes states, New England, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces of Canada.

Janet was predeceased by her parents, her brother William H. Goodenow and half-brother Donald B. Goodenow. She is survived by her two daughters: Laurice Ann (Ronald) McCord and Katherine Elizabeth (Joseph) Lorenz, both of Knoxville; six grandchildren: Heather Moira Green, Gabriel Taylor Green, Rebecca Leigh Lorenz, Tyrel Scott Lorenz, Chase Colton Lorenz and Kelsey Savannah Lorenz; and five great-grandchildren: Riley Parker Levesque, Titus Beau-Scott Lorenz, Silas Noah-Parker Lorenz, Noah Colton Lorenz and Natalie Kathleen Lorenz; nephew Mark R. Goodenow and nieces Cyndy Elizabeth and Marsha Lynn Goodenow.

Interment was private at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. A memorial service was set for April 8 at 1 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, TN. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be sent to the missions outreach of Covenant Presbyterian Church.

  

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