Janelle Diana Norem, 43, of Hampton, Iowa, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Hampton. She was born January 27, 1976, in Hampton, Iowa, to Darwin and Diana (Echelberger) Norem.
Janelle graduated from Hampton-Dumont High School, the class of 1994. She was united in marriage to Duane Zander on July 29, 1996, at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Coulter. To this union, two sons were born - Colin and Jesse Zander. They are divorced at this time.
Janelle had a daycare in her home while her sons were young. Some of her other jobs throughout her life included Subway, Hometown Pizza and Pub, Dudley's and AmericInn. Janelle was a para educator at CAL Community School. She also worked at Cub Cadet in Latimer. She loved working with the children. Most recently, she was employed at Godfather's in Hampton.
She enjoyed adult coloring, drawing, reading, cooking and shopping with her mom, Diana.
Janelle is survived by her son Colin Zander of Mason City; son Jesse Zander of Coulter; grandson Gavin Janssen of Mason City; granddaughter Takiah Zander of Audubon; mother Diana Norem and her friend Bill Ballard of Hampton; father Darwin Norem and his wife Janice of Greenfield, Missouri; brother Jason Norem and his friend Vicki Limpert of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; niece Isabella Norem of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; half-brother Andy Norem of Miller, Missouri; half-brother Chaz Norem of Mount Vernon, Missouri; half-sister Melody Finley of Lamar, Missouri; and special friend Steve Yakel of Hampton, along with other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.
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Janelle was an amazing para professional in my classroom several years ago. She was one of the best. She was patient and caring with the students she worked with. Janelle loved to stay busy. She always went above and beyond in helping the students and myself. She loved to read to small groups of students and was always encouraging to those who needed it most. May God wrap his loving arms around you, Janelle. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Sarah
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