Jane L. Alquist, 70, of Hampton, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa. She was born on December 12, 1948, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Leon and Marjorie (Mayer) Olson.
Jane and her family moved to Hampton when she was a young girl. She was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hampton. In school, she played six-on-six basketball and was a guard, and later she enjoyed coaching eighth grade girls basketball for many years.
Jane graduated from Hampton High School in 1967. She attended the University of Iowa and graduated in 1971 with a dental hygienist (RDH) degree. Jane was a member of the Iowa Dental Hygiene Association. While attending the University of Iowa, Jane met Larry Alquist at the dental college. They were united in marriage on March 10, 1972, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hampton.
Jane started her career as a registered dental hygienist in Fort Dodge, working for a dental clinic of three general dentists. For a number of years, she worked in the Hampton area for local dentists, until she joined Larry in Hampton in 1976, when he began a solo practice. Together, they practiced dentistry for over 40 years. Throughout her entire 45+-year career, Jane treated every patient with the same care and consideration. In 2016, Larry and Jane retired from dentistry. Jane continued to work for awhile with her daughter, Shelly, for Community Action in Mason City.
Jane was a talented seamstress. She designed and made all of her own church clothing. She also enjoyed quilting, sewing, and crafting. She was very passionate about her crafts and made many items; no two were ever made the same way. She was as much a perfectionist in her sewing as she was in her dental career. Making gnomes was her favorite craft items. Gardening and walking were her favorite outdoor activities.
In the last few years, Jane enjoyed reconnecting with her high school classmates and having monthly get-togethers at Rustic Brew in Hampton. Reconnecting with members of the Hampton Class of 1967 proved to be extremely meaningful to Jane at the time of her illness. She adored her classmates.
Jane loved her Lord, loved her family, was compassionate toward others, and was a truly genuine woman. Jane was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hampton. She had a great sense of humor and loved her cats.
Jane is survived by her husband of 47 years, Larry Alquist of Hampton, daughter, Michelle "Shelly" Alquist of Hampton, brother Jim Olson (Carol Squires) of Cedar Falls, sisters-in-law Connie (Jim) Mohn of Cherokee and Shirley (Larry) Harris of Raymore, Missouri, nieces Holly Olson and husband Jacob Grell, Kendra Mohn and husband Erik Gronberg, Alicia Mohn and husband Eric Boudreau, Betsy and husband John Murray, and Kelli Harris (Taylor Grantham), nephew Chad Harris, and eight great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Marge and Leon and sister-in-law Mary Lee Olson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Jane to Leader Dogs for the Blind through the Hampton Lions Club.
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I am so sorry for your loss . We in the dental family have lost a good member .Larry Kalkwarf
I am so very sorry for your loss. Jane was a lovely woman with a kind, gentle spirit. Keeping your family in my prayers during this difficult time.
I have very kind memories of Jane through out high school. She has always been a very kind and gentle person. Having experienced loss of many in my own life, I know of the grief you are experiencing , but also know once the heart heals that person is always with you. Each day will be a little better. God bless all those feel the loss.
Jane was a lovely lady and will leave a hole in our church family and her family's lfe!! I pray for Larry and Shelly and the rest of her family!!
This was such sad news. Jane was the best as a professional and a person. Was always a feel good moment to have her caring for you teeth and sharing life's simple pleasures. She will always be rememered for sure.
Larry and Shelly, my deepest sympathy for your loss. I knew Jane and her parents since she was very young. She was such a sweet girl. May God ease the pain in your hearts.
Larry and Shelly, you have my sincere sympathy. May memories sustain you. I enjoyed reconnecting with Jane after our 50th high school reunion. She was a very kind person. I cherish the bag she made and the two gnomes (Iowa and Ohio State) that she made for me.
What a terrific woman.........loved her at the office and admired her for all of her talents. You have ny sincere sympathy....Mary Lou Semler
My dear friend oh how I will miss you! Larry and Shelly Heaven gained a beautiful soul who will watch over you for all time. I’m here for you both as I love you two as I loved her. Thank you for the time I spent with her. Larry I haven’t forgotten the biscuits. Anything else? Just call or ask.
My heart sank when I saw this. I spent lots of time with Jane when we were young and her family lived across the street. We enjoyed hula hoops and pogo sticks. I remember riding with her and throwing out cheese samples in the Dairy Days parade. My condolences to her family. She was a special young girl and I will always remember her that way. Many blessings.
Cindy Erickson Van Wert
Besides graduating high school with Jane, we were in the same confirmation class. She withstood 3+ years with 5 boys in Sunday school class taught by the high school football coach. She was there with us every Sunday! We so enjoyed reconnecting with her at our class luncheons and will miss her very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Sorry for your loss. Jane was a very kind person. May she rest peacefully now
Sending Prayers to you Larry and Shelly. she was a kind woman. She will be missed.
Jane truly was a caring wonderful person. We are so sorry to hear of her passing. She will be greatly missed by all of our family. Paul & Joyce Hauser
We enjoyed Jane so much as a friend and our hygienist! She was such a wonderful and kind person, she will be missed. Love the picture and her beautiful smile. Bryan, Laurene, Andy and Derek Arends
Jane was always so kind and helpful when I'd call for an appointment. If John had an issue, she ALWAYS saw to it he got worked into the schedule.
Larry, Shelly and Jim,
During this time of sadness, may you be comforted and find peace in treasured memories of sweet Jane. She is now at peace. My sincere condolences to each of you.
Carol Wandrey Squires
Just want you to know I sure was glad to get to know Jane more when we were walking with the kids at school. She loved doing that and I liked visiting with her. She will be greatly missed by all.
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