Born March 26, 1929 in Janesville, Wisconsin, Jan died on her 80th birthday with many of her family gathered around her bedside. They had six children: James Gordon Conk, (deceased); Randolph Neil Conk of Southfield, Michigan; Terri Su Lewis of Smyrna, Delaware; Lorraine Jo Trail of Burke, Virginia; Barbara Lynn Boswell of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; and Catherine Louise Coop of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. A “Celebration of Life” memorial service will be held at the Faries Funeral Home on Main Street in Smyrna, Delaware on Monday, March 30 at 1 p.m.



    Born March 26, 1929 in Janesville, Wisconsin, Jan died on her 80th birthday with many of her family gathered around her bedside. She was the daughter of Neil C. Angevine and Lovina Wright Angevine. Jan’s older sister, Madelynn (Lynn) Angevine Blake lives in Naples, Florida with her husband John Blake; and her older brother, Neil Scott Angevine lives in Orange Park, Florida with his wife Geri.
    Jan married Arvil Gordon Conk on June 2, 1951 in Saint Louis, Missouri. They had six children: James Gordon Conk, (deceased); Randolph Neil Conk of Southfield, Michigan; Terri Su Lewis of Smyrna, Delaware; Lorraine Jo Trail of Burke, Virginia; Barbara Lynn Boswell of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; and Catherine Louise Coop of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. They had nineteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
    As a child, Jan suffered with a severe speech impediment. Through a special school and very hard work and perseverance, she was able, in her later years, to stand before a large group and give talks. During her high school days in Springfield, Missouri, she found that singing was a relief from her speech impediment problems and her clear soprano voice ministered to many people in church, and school and from the community theater stage.
    Jan met her husband, Gordon, while he was a Sergeant in the Air Force Band at Scott AFB, Belleville, Illinois. Like many Air Force families, they moved many times (19) during her 18-year career as an Air Force wife. She also found herself acting as a single parent during Gordon's many temporary duty assignments and trips as an Air Force pilot. It was not easy raising six children with no family support available. They never lived closer than 1,000 miles to home and while stationed twice on the island of Guam for a total of five and one half years, it was several thousand miles. At this time, a call home cost over $25, so mail was the primary means of communication and Jan took on the responsibility of chief correspondent. Her address book included over 150 names of family and friends from the various duty stations.
    Jan enjoyed dealing with numbers and budgets, so she was the chief financial officer for the family for most of her married life. This led her into several positions of financial responsibility outside the family. She was treasurer of her local church congregation, finance manager of the annual church reunion at Deer Park for three years, and treasurer of the “Singing Players”, a local Dover singing and theatrical group. She was also employed as the manager of a local health food store called “Nature’s Way”.
    Jan also enjoyed traveling in both domestic and foreign locals. Some of her destinations were to Baguio in the Philippine Islands, Tokyo, Japan, Hawaii, Alaska, a western Caribbean island cruise and Cancun, Mexico, most of the national parks and of course to her family and friends scattered over much of the United States. Also, there were the Disney Parks in both Florida and California. Many of these travels were in a pop-up tent trailer, crammed with the eight members of the family; it had over 3,000 miles on it in the first month of ownership.
    Two of her hobbies were knitting and crocheting. She excelled with baby blankets, bibs and afghans. She also enjoyed the feel of dirt on her hands as she weeded her flower gardens. And she loved reading romance and mystery novels.
    A “Celebration of Life” memorial service will be held at the Faries Funeral Home on Main Street in Smyrna, Delaware on Monday, March 30 at 1 p.m.