W. Janice Poppe (Jan) passed on from this life on January 27, 2024, leaving behind her husband of 37 years, Walter Poppe, her brother, Stanford H. Dommert (Stan), her sons, Donald J. Shingler III (Trey) and Danny Green, her 7 grandchildren, as well as many cousins, extended family members, and close family friends.
Born to Howard F. Dommert and Wynona A. Dommert at Fort Bliss Hospital in El Paso on January 17, 1948, Jan was born into a military family and grew up traveling, living in various states around the continental USA, such as California, Louisiana, Colorado, and Virginia, as well as in both Japan and Germany. Shortly before Jan turned 14, her father retired from the military at the end of 1961 and the family moved to Inverness, Florida, where she graduated from Citrus High School in 1966.
Jan was always glad she lived in so many places as a child. Her parents enjoyed taking extended vacations wherever they were and as a result, Jan experienced many diverse sites and events throughout Europe, such as the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels, the Eiffel Tower, the Vatican, several Disneyland-like castles in the countries they visited, even a Concentration Camp on the German/Czechoslovak border. To gain such firsthand familiarity with these multiple nations, cultures, and people gave her an appreciation for the broadness of the world and its peoples that not many people enjoy. These experiences helped her develop the kind and caring attitude for others she carried with her throughout her life.
But Jan also genuinely loved settling down to live in Inverness. Not having to attend new schools every year or so allowed her to finally get to know people more deeply and meaningfully, and she made many life-long friends in Florida. Likewise, moving to Kerrville, Texas in 1984, where both parents had long bloodlines, felt like coming home to her, and she very soon found many more close friends to love.
Having been married twice before, Jan was cautious of marrying again; meeting Walt changed her mind and they each soon recognized that they had found their soul-mate, and quickly became inseparable, marrying in 1999.
One of Jan's gifts was her amazing ability to remember names and significant dates in the lives of both family and friends; it was a gift that many in the family depended upon and already miss.
Jan was truly a wonderful wife and mother, sister, and friend; she will be long remembered among all who knew her, as well as deeply missed in the hearts of us who were closest to her.
Memorial services will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, February 24, 2024, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
Saturday, February 24, 2024
So very sorry to hear of your family’s loss of Jan. Such a sweet, sweet person and I don’t think O ever saw her without a smile. Our family sends our deepest sympathy and prayers.
Sunday, February 18, 2024
Dear Family, I am heartbroken with the loss of Jan. She truly was a unique individual: kind, loving, intelligent, humorous and having such a charitable outlook on this world and those in it. I always felt uplifted when I was around her. May the memory of Jan comfort you as you adjust in grief to her passing. With love, Phyllis Garey
Gary and Cheryll Gober
Center Point, TX
Monday, February 12, 2024
This woman helped me in the most needed time for my children and I. I’m truly going to miss her. Walt, Trey, and Danny you will be in our prayers. Love and prayers to you all.
Eugene L and Linda Meahl
Monday, February 12, 2024
Jan was my best friend thru High School. She will be missed.
Thursday, February 8, 2024
Such a dear lady. I am so very honored to call her my friend. Jan I will miss so dearly your sweet Facebook messages. Rest in peace my dear precious one
Reta Fisher Coburn
Red Lion, PA
Saturday, February 3, 2024
May God bless you all. The Lord is getting a good person. Prayers for all.
Thursday, February 1, 2024
Janice must be rejoicing at the feet of our Heavenly Father and in the company of her family. It leaves us with a heavy heart however it's not about our time but His.
We will miss your kindness and sweet spirit dear cousin and I hope your love shines out from all of us you touched over the years. May God's love and yours as well provide peace in our souls.
Chuck and Teri.
Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Such a wonderful woman was my friend Jan. I will never forget her as long as I can draw a breath. I will miss her tremendously. I am so happy I had the honor of calling her my dear friend.
Wednesday, January 31, 2024
I will miss Jan so much. She was such a wonderful and giving woman. I've known her and Walt since I was in high school. 20 years of memories shared and her watching my family grow. I'm so glad she was able to hold my newest baby just before Christmas. I'm glad that I asked her to come back by the office after I missed her when she dropped of Christmas cookies. It's like me getting to tell her goodbye even though I didn't know it would be the last time I did so.
Ronnie and Sandy Musgrove
Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Jan was such a wonderful loving person and dear friend. She always thought of others. Every year Jan and Walter brought us Christmas cookies. We still have the bowl she brought us cookies in this past Christmas. When I was severely injured Jan was so loving and supportive. She and Walter let me borrow their wheelchair.
Ronnie and I are going to miss Jan so much. We pray for Walter, Danny, Mel and their children.