Janice Wiggins


Janice WigginsJanice M. Wiggins, age 91 of Westbrook, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center.  Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Visitation will be 4:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at Westbrook Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will be in the Westbrook Cemetery.   Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Janice Marilyn (Johnson) Wiggins was born May 12, 1927 to Julius and Mabel (Hanson) Johnson in Ann Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota.  She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook and confirmed there with the class of 1942.  Janice attended country school District 43 of Cottonwood County for eight years and graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1945.  In the fall of 1945 she enrolled at Mankato State Teacher’s College and then she transferred to St. Olaf College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Home economics in 1949.  She began teaching in the Westbrook Public School in the fall of 1949.  On June 17, 1951 Janice was united in marriage to Arthur Wiggins, her high school sweetheart, at Trinity Lutheran Church.  She continued teaching Home Economics until 1959.  From 1959-1970 Janice was a stay-at-home Mom.  In 1970 she resumed her teaching career at the Westbrook Public school and retired in 1990.  Art and Janice resided at the home farm until 2001, when they purchased their home in Westbrook.  She was a lifetime member of Trinity Lutheran Church, a very important part of her life.  Janice was active in WELCA, quilting and bible study.  Her hobbies included cooking, sewing, gardening, ballroom dancing, and traveling.  She traveled to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in 1985, Japan in 1988, Norway in 2002 and Ireland in 2003.

Janice is survived by her children: Julie (Mark) Nadeau of San Antonio, TX, Mary (Tim) McKasy of St. Paul, and John (Mara) Wiggins of Walnut Grove; grandchildren: Jessica (Mircea) Tipescu of Highland Park, IL, Brendan Nadeau of San Antonio, TX, Justin Nadeau of Addison, TX, and Elizabeth & Abby Wiggins of Walnut Grove; and great-grandchildren: Grace & Adrian Tipescu of Highland Park, IL. She is preceded in death by her parents Julius and Mabel Johnson, husband Arthur, and granddaughter Katherine Emma Wiggins.  Blessed be her memory.


  1. Marilyn Peschges says:

    My sympathy, I will so miss her. We always had to chat at the grocery store. Cool that her middle name was Marilyn . Sorry for your loss.

    Mike and Marilyn Peschges

  2. Steve and Mary Larson says:

    Janice was a lovely kind woman to all. I always wished she had been teaching home economics when I was in high school. Many speak highly of her. Our sincere sympathy to all family members and loved ones.

  3. Kathy Schultz says:

    RIP. Thank you for trying to show me how to sew. I didn’t revisit it until.I was about 30 and do usey sewing machine often. You will be missed. Thanks for your patience and kindness to all us kids back then.

  4. Eunice Christensen says:

    Janice (Mrs. Wiggins) was one of my very favorite teachers EVER! I had her in 7th 8th, 9th and 10th grade for home economics (when she was Miss Johnson). In 7th grade (1949-50) we each sewed a skirt. Over the years, we made pajamas, a dress, and other items. During one year when the new home ec. room was being built, Janice didn’t have stoves, sinks, and refrigerators, as she was moved to a smaller room. She had to come up with new ideas. We learned to knit (I made mittens and a scarf). We painted and etched on glass tumblers, and did other crafts. I enjoyed looking at those items that I had made in her class through the years. After she had been at home for a few years while raising her children, she returned to teaching and had both of our daughters, Cathie Ann and Christie Lynn, as her students. They respected and loved her, too. Mrs. Wiggins enriched the lives of her students, her family, her fellow church members, and really everyone she knew. Blessed be her memory. Love to all of Janice’s family!

  5. Ranae Sell says:

    Sending prayers your mother was a wonderful person and in many peoples eyes she was a saint for putting up with everyone during her teaching years i still have the blanket we made in her class . What a wonderful lady she will be missed by many

  6. Maureen Wiecks says:

    Dear Julie, Mary and John,
    Your mother was nothing less than lovely. I am so glad that my mom and I had a chance to see her when we were in the area last month. I realize she was having some challenges the past few months, but how nice that your parents have been reunited. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers as you have had a difficult loss.
    Maureen Wiecks

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