Janice Louise Mensinger, 83, of Baroda passed away Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville, with her loving family by her side.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 22 at 10am at Zion United Church of Christ, 9100 Third Street, Baroda. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 21 from 5- 7 pm at Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman. Memorials in Janice’s honor may be made to Hospice at Home, 4025 Health Park Ln, St Joseph, MI 49085 or Zion United Church of Christ, Baroda. Those wishing to share a message with the family may do so online at www.PikeFH.com
Janice was born on June 16, 1935 in Benton Harbor, as the youngest of three sets of twins to Charles and Hattie (Gnodtke) Geike. She graduated from Baroda High School and Western Michigan University. On October 12, 1957, she married the love of her life and grade school sweetheart, Terry Mensinger and together they celebrated over sixty wonderful years of marriage. Janice enjoyed gardening on their beautiful farm, baking her signature coffee cakes and kringle, taking camping trips up north, watching her beloved Cubs with her family, hosting large family reunions, and cheering on her children and grandchildren in their life endeavors.
Janice was a third grade teacher at Stewart Elementary, and later worked as a substitute teacher while raising her children. She also worked at Country Mates Gift Shop in New Buffalo. Janice was an active lifelong member of her beloved Zion United Church of Christ in Baroda, where she was formerly employed as church secretary, sang in the choir, was director of the Sunday school and vacation bible school. She was instrumental in providing much history for the church’s 100th Anniversary celebration.
Survivors include her loving and devoted husband, Terry; her children: Kathryn (Paula Shappy) Mensinger, Douglas (Diane) Mensinger, Carol (Peg O’Rourke) Mensinger, and Connie (James) Proce; her grandchildren: Adam Mensinger, Cassidy Proce and Jordan Proce. Also surviving are her three sisters: Marion Arend, Lorraine Scott, and Betty (John) Walker, as well as several special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved twin sister, Joyce Morlock, on July 31, 2018, and two brothers, Marvin and Robert.