In Memory of Janiece Louise Lehmann

Janiece Louise Lehmann
Janiece Louise Lehmann
Born: May 16, 1946
Died: February 6, 2019
Age: 72
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Janiece Louise Lehmann
May 16, 1946 - February 6, 2019
From: Battle Creek, IA

Janiece Louise Lehmann, age 72, of Battle Creek, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Pastor Kevin J. Freese will officiate. Committal will be held at a later date. A Visitation will be held 5:00 p.m. from 7:00 p.m., February 15, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Janiece Louise Lehmann was born on May 16, 1946 in Minneapolis, MN. As a small child Janiece was adopted by Carl and Berniece (Hendricks) Peterson of Battle Creek, IA, joining the family along with her brother, Marc Peterson. She grew up in Battle Creek and prior to adulthood her parents passed away and Janiece was taken in by Arlo and Nellie Behn. She received her education in the Battle Creek Public School District and graduated with the Class of 1964.  Afterward, she furthered her education at the Antonian School of Practical Nursing in Carroll, IA and received her diploma in 1965, then later became an LPN. Upon graduating she purchased her first new car, a bright red Volkswagen Beetle, and then began her career at St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, IA, on the OB floor.

Janiece relocated to Battle Creek and worked at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, IA.  On November 24, 1967, in the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Janiece married the love of her life, Jerome Lehmann. The couple lived in Battle Creek for a short time and was blessed with two sons, Kyle and Jerrod, before relocating to Alexander, IA, where Jerome worked for a large farming operation and Janiece was a stay-at-home mother. Realizing they wanted to be closer to family they moved back to Battle Creek in 1977 to make their forever home.

In the 80’s she started a career with the Battle Creek Public School District. You may remember her smile on your bus ride home or as she served you lunch.  After nearly twenty years, Janiece then worked briefly at Ida Services Incorporated before she retired completely after being diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer. After her courageous fight the cancer went into remission.

Her kindness never ended as she was always willing to lend a helping hand. Whether it was driving family and friends to and from appointments, caring for their pets, running errands, or donating her time at her local church, Janiece’s love of life and smile brought comfort and encouragement to those around her. She had an affinity for driving no matter the reason and many would attest seeing her zooming by in the countless vehicles she owned over the years.

She was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church and active in Presbyterian Women. Janiece loved music, movies, gardening and researching her genealogy which she conducted to find her biological relatives. She was successful in identifying birth relatives, primarily through a well-known DNA website service, and was able to locate and connect with some living relation, fulfilling a lifelong dream of hers. She was active in her cancer survivor group and cherished all of their friendships and support. The most important thing in her life was her family. Janiece adored spending time and attending her children and grandchildren’s activities, fishing, gardening and sharing her bounty from her golf cart, and spending time together.  She also enjoyed times with her extended family as well as her close friends for all sorts of occasions, large or small.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 51 years, Jerome Lehmann of Battle Creek, IA; sons Kyle Lehmann of Battle Creek, IA and Jerrod (Tami) Lehmann of Carroll, IA; grandchildren Alex (Rachael) Lehmann of Lincoln, NE, Zachary, Angelina and Maverick Lehmann of LaPlata, MD, Brenna and Korbin Lehmann of Carroll, IA; brother Marc (Mary) Peterson of Algona, IA; extended family and a host of friends.

Janiece was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Berniece Peterson; and the couple who raised her, Arlo and Nellie Behn. 




2:00 p.m., Saturday
February 16, 2019
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Honorary Pallbearers
Her Grandchildren
Alex Lehmann
Zachary Lehmann
Brenna Lehmann
Angelina Lehmann
Korbin Lehmann
Maverick Lehmann


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
Friday, February 15, 2016
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Recorded Selections

"Forever Young" by Rod Stewart
"I Will See You Again" by Shari (Meier) Anderson


At A Later Date


Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 3:58 PM
“Janeice was such a special lady. Wonderful with Matt and Sara when they rode the bus. She will be dearly missed by all. May God bring comfort to you at this time. ”
- Katherine Williamson Wendel
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 11:43 AM
“Jerome, Kyle, Jarrod, Marc,
I'm keeping you in my heart and thoughts as you adjust to life with out Janiece. Everyone will have to adjust for she was a dear person, interested in all. So thankful that she found her "roots". Connie”
- Connie McCrary
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 11:43 AM
“Sorry for your loss, Janice always seemed to have a smile on her face. She was a special person, she will be in our prayers.”
- Matthew Williamson
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 3:07 PM
“My thoughts and prayers to Jerome & family. God's blessings, for we know that he has wrapped his arms around her and now she is in heaver at peace.”
- Jim Hilker
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 9:11 AM
“Our condolences to all. Even though we didn't share any DNA. She was a sharing and supportive sister.I loved her dearly and will miss her forever. ”
- Marc Peterson
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 9:11 AM
“Jerome and family so sorry for your loss. Will miss her infectious smile. ”
- David Ortman
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 11:15 AM
“Our condolences to you and your family, Jerome. Janiece will be missed by many.”
- Darrell and Vicki Madsen
Monday, February 11, 2019 at 6:39 PM
“Sending my deepest sympathy to her family- She will be missed, especially by the BC community.”
- Linda Higa
Monday, February 11, 2019 at 10:51 AM
“They say..." we know not what tomorrow brings"... How true...Just recently served on 2 committees with Janiece and had some special talks. She was so very special and enjoyed FRIENDSHIPS.... May she RIP knowing that she fulfilled her lifelong dream of knowing her roots..Sincere condolences to all the family.
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- Mareta K Vermeys
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3:28 PM
“We are saddened but the sudden passing of Grandma Janiece , praying for the comfort of the family and friends. She will be missed , until we meet her again in heaven . ”
- Susan Lehmann and family
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3:28 PM
“So very sorry for your loss. Your mom always had time to stop and talk to us. She was a sweet lady. We always knew what your family was doing. She was so very proud of all of you. God's blessings to all of you in this difficult time. May the wonderful memories get you through this. ”
- Doug and Patty Wheeler
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:23 PM
“I was extremely saddened to hear of your loss and am sharing in your sadness. I am sending healing prayers and comforting hugs and hope that you feel surrounded by much love. Janiece will be missed by so very many!”
- Sheila Petersen
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:23 PM
“Always loved to visit and had such a positive attitude. Lovely lady!
- Larry Albrecht
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:23 PM
“Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Janiece was a wonderful friend that will be greatly missed. She was full of love and always there for mom. Cherish all of your wonderful memories!!”
- Renea, Pat, & Britt Saunders
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:23 PM
“So sorry for your loss. It is such a great sadness for family and friends.
- Fern Krayenhagen
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:23 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss,( I went to school with Janiece and had lost touch with her till about a year ago when some of the classmates invited me to have lunch with them and am so glad I got to see her again.) Again my deepest sympathy to you and your family.”
- Sandy (Fritz) Drennan
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:22 PM
“I will miss Janiece greatly. Seeing her in her golf cart, caring for her neighbors dogs, she always made me smile.”
- cindy peters
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 12:07 PM
“We are still stunned by Janice's death - may you & your Family receive strength & love from our God. Please take one day at a time.”
- Larry & Mary Jo Watson
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 12:06 PM
“So sorry to hear about Janice our prayers are with you all”
- Corky blackmor
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 12:06 PM
“To Jerome and family - our sympathies at the loss of your loved one, Janiece. She will be missed by so many people that she touched with her big smile and helpfulness. I appreciated her always asking how Joel and the other boys were doing. She had a special interest in Joel from when she drove School bus on our route. May you find peace in knowing she is in heaven with our Father above and you will see her again someday.”
- Roger & Phyllis Groth
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 12:06 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Heaven gained another angel. Prayers to all the family”
- Donnie and kim Bremer
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 12:06 PM
“So sorry to hear about Janiece's passing. She was a wonderful friend and a delightful
person to know. ”
- Diane (Zabel) Schreiber (Class of 1964)
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 12:06 PM
“We have lost a dear and loyal friend, but will cherish many shared happy memories! After surviving breast cancer, Janiece was blessed with many more years than she ever hoped for! She loved her family and friends and made sure they knew it. May God bless her family with grace and peace, and many happy memories! our deepest sympathy and love ”
- Henry and Dixie Brueck
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