DEERFIELD — Janis Elaine Dreiling, 73, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
She was born March 7, 1944, in Garden City, to Hubert and Irene Suydan Breit.
A resident of the Garden City and Deerfield area for most of her life, Mrs. Dreiling was a homemaker. She also had worked as a certified nurse’s aide at Kearny County Hospital and High Plains Retirement Village, owned and operated various restaurants in Deerfield and Lakin, and worked as a school bus driver for Deerfield schools.
She was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church of Garden City and the Altar Society, volunteered many hours at Emmaus House, and was a supporter of ABC Pregnancy and the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, sewing, reading, playing cards, writing, and especially loved her time with family.
On Nov. 29, 1962, she married Joe A. Dreiling in Garden City. He survives. Other survivors include five children, Joey Dreiling of Deerfield, Becky and husband Kim Norton of Wichita, Chris and wife Susan Dreiling of Deerfield, Terry and wife Birgit Dreiling of Abilene, and Cathy Dreiling of Deerfield; two sisters, Regina Ragland of Marshall, Ark., and Neva Schwartz of Congress, Ariz.; a brother, Emil A. “Dusty” Gawer of Marshall; 10 grandchildren, Hailey Dreiling, Andrew Norton, Alyssa Cole, Taryn Cole, Courtney Arnold, Cameron Cole, Megan Simmoneau, Shawn Dreiling, Ethan Dreiling and Paula McEachern; and nine great-grandchildren, Jordan Cole, Jazmin Richardson, Maxwell Richardson, Kylie Arnold, Brady Arnold, Joshua Dreiling, Tristan Simmoneau, Corey Cole and Jaxon Dreiling.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Emil Gawer; a daughter, Sheri Cole; and a brother, Jim Gawer.
A vigil service and rosary will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Garden City. Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.
Visitation hours are 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City.
Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com. Memorials are suggested to Emmaus House or Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo, both in care of the funeral home, 412 N. Seventh St., Garden City, KS 67846.