February 20, 2020

Janis (Adkins, Howell) Loiselle

Died Nov. 22, 2018


Janis (Adkins, Howell) Loiselle left this world Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Thanksgiving was her second favorite holiday.

What a great life she lived! Mom was genuinely concerned with how people were doing rather than what they were doing. All of Jan’s dogs, birds and grandchildren were shamelessly spoiled. She was charming, had excellent taste and would cut to the heart of an issue with a few well- chosen words.

Jan was born in West Des Moines, Iowa, to Wathal and Mabel Adkins on Jan. 1, 1947. She went to Valley High School, graduated in 1965 and attended Simpson College before marrying Stephen Howell. Jan and Steve moved to Michigan, where they raised two biological children, Carrie and Marc, and four foster children, Jamie, Rob, Junior and Tammy, in Twining. Jan went to Kirtland Community College where she received her associate degree in nursing in 1992. She married Larry Loiselle in 1994 and lived with him in Carrollton until his passing in 2018. Jan cared for patients as an RN on the night shift at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw for 18 years. At work she mentored new nurses and made everyone around her laugh with crazy pet stories.

Jan is survived by children, Marcus Howell and Carrie (Greg) Wilson; stepsons, Larry Loiselle Jr., Brent Loiselle and Derek Loiselle; grandchildren, Stephanie, Rita, Hope and Ella Wilson, Kassidy and Landen Loiselle, and Brittney and Brianna Noonan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Loiselle; her brothers, Clair Adkins, Don Adkins and Larry Adkins; and her parents, Wathal and Mabel Adkins.

A memorial service will be held at Anderson Enrichment Center in Saginaw on Friday, Dec. 7, at noon. Per their wishes, Jan and Larry’s ashes will be spread at the Headwaters of the Metolius River, near Bend, Ore., at a future date.

The family is grateful to Cindy Robbins and Vicky Higgins at Country Square Adult Foster Home in Auburn.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Country Square or the Alzheimer’s research foundation of your choice.


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