Janey Lynn Welch, 38, died Thursday, December 31, 2020 at MercyOne Medical Center. A private family service will be 11 am Thursday, January 7th at Iles Westover Chapel with a live stream available. Please visit Janey’s obituary page on our website for a link 10 minutes prior to the service. We encourage friends and extended family to share their sympathies with Janey’s family using online condolences available on our website. Livestream link can be found here or at the bottom of this page.

Survivors include her husband, Merle; parents: Mark and Diane Boehm of Urbandale; siblings: Beth (Adam) Clark, Nate Boehm and Kim Boehm; niece, Lilly Clark; step daughters: Grace (Skyler) Kvidera and Hannah Welch. Janey was preceded in death by her grandparents: Kenneth and Dorothy Boehm, Larry and Harriett Pearson; niece, June Ann.

Janey was born October 22, 1982 in Des Moines to Mark and Diane (Pearson) Boehm. She graduated from Urbandale High School in 2000 and obtained a B.S. in Marketing from Berea College in Kentucky in 2004. Janey and Merle were married September 9th, 2017 in Des Moines and lived in Ankeny. In recent years, Janey was employed at Hy-Vee and taught English as a second language to kids in China with VIP Kid. Janey had a big heart and love for children, which manifested in her connection to neighborhood kids that became like family to her. Janey had a strong faith in her Lord that carried over into her love of family. Two of her greatest loves were her dog, Lucy, and cat, Malcolm. Janey had a very unique sense of humor and perspective in life. She was such a delight in our lives because of her ability to make her family and friends laugh. It is hard to put into words - she was just our Janey.

Janey, you have left this Earth too soon, but you leave us with so many cherished memories that will stay with us forever. You lived life for the moment and with such a passion. Jesus said, “Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” You embraced these words to the fullest and saw the good in even the most flawed and broken people. Your death teaches us that, even in sorrow, love enables us to embrace the needs of others. Thus, even though we have lost you, your memories will be with us forever, and your death will be a gift of life to others through organ donation. Janey, we are saddened that your time on this Earth is over, and that you have given all you have to give, but your lifetime of memories will give us joy and you will live on through this ultimate sacrifice. May you forever rest in peace. Love, Your Family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Iowa Donor Network.

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