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Janice Marie Sturm
April 22, 1936 ~ September 22, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Janice Marie (Hoth) Sturm, age 87, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at her home in Hereford, Arizona on Friday, September 22. She was born April 22 in Chicago, Illinois to Erle and Janice, and had one brother, Erle Jr. She married her high school sweetheart and lifelong love, Norman Anton Sturm, in June of 1956. Throughout their 67-year marriage, the Sturms lived in the Chicagoland area, then central Florida, and finally today in Southern Arizona.
Janice came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior as an adult. She lived out her faith as an example before her many friends and family. She was an active church member who practiced her gift of hospitality on a regular basis. She loved her Lord and she loved people.
Janice was a life-long learner. She was the first of her family to graduate college. She earned an Associate of Arts (AA) degree in 1956 from Wright Junior College (Chicago IL), another AA degree in Counseling from College of DuPage (Wheaton IL) in 1993, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling from Governors State University (University Park IL) in 1996. She also learned to play the dulcimer and enjoyed playing bluegrass music.
Janice had a life-long love of art. She was an avid painter whose paintings won numerous awards in art shows sponsored by the several art guilds to which she belonged.
Janice and Norman enjoyed traveling together starting with a trip around Europe while Norman was in the US Army, stationed in Germany. Over the years they had the opportunity to travel even more extensively. The couple traveled back through Europe and all over the US and Mexico. They especially loved the city of San Miguel De Allende in central Mexico where they rented an apartment and Janice attended art classes.
Janice is survived by her loving husband Norman; her sister-in-law, Pat Hoth; her four children and their spouses, Norman Jr and Jan Sturm, Kevin and Liz Sturm, Lisa Haley, and Melanie and James Harper; six grandchildren, Brad Sturm, Catherine Duffy, Jon Sturm, Tori Sturm, Chad Haley, and Nicholas Sturm; 13 great-grandchildren; and her several nephews and nieces. All of these she loved and touched deeply.
Please join us in celebrating Janice’s life. A wake will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with the funeral and interment held Friday morning September 29, 10:00 a.m. until noon. Both will be held at the Hatfield Funeral Home, 830 South Highway 92, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635.