Janet Lorraine Howard, 81, Lyndon: July 11, 1937 – March 19, 2019

LYNDON, Kan. – Janet Lorraine Howard, 81, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Comanche, Texas. She was born on July 11, 1937, in Holyoke, Colo., the second of five daughters to Glen and Winnie Kepler Alberts.

Janet grew up and attended school in Holyoke, and worked at the Dairy King with her mother and sisters. She had lived at Glen Elder, Kan., until moving to Lyndon, Kan., in 1967.
Janet was a homemaker until starting to work for Cook Construction Company, at Waconda Lake. After moving to Lyndon, she then worked for both Cook Construction and Neosho Construction during the building of Melvern Lake. She worked several years for Ned Hiatt’s RV Sales, near Vassar, Kan.

Janet was a founding member of the Lyndon United Methodist Preschool, where she worked as an assistant teacher for 12 years. Many children in the community knew her as “Grandma Janet”. For the last five years she has been a full time RVer and camp host at lakes in Texas and Kansas. She was a member of the Lyndon United Methodist Church and the UMW.

On Sept. 16, 1956, Janet married Robert Railsback, in Holyoke. They divorced in 1979. On Feb. 29, 1980, Janet married her best friend, Wayne Howard, in Burlington, Kan.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Winnie; a sister, Glenna Alberts; a grandson, Christopher Railsback; and three nephews.

Janet is survived by her husband, Wayne, of 39 years; daughter, Barbara (Gary) Schattak, of Lyndon; son, Burton Railsback, Reading, Kan.; three sisters, Carolyn (Dan) Loughman, Wichita, Kan., Cheryl (Joe) Jacklovich, Wichita, and Lynette Schneider, Lakewood, Colo.; four grandchildren, Keith (Andrea) Schattak, Kristy (Vince) Stark, Matthew (Allison) Railsback, and Allison Railsback; four great-grandchildren, Abby and Michael Stark, Isabella Toman, and Luke Brossman; great-great-granddaughter, Emarie; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Feltner Funeral Chapel, in Lyndon. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Lyndon United Methodist Preschool, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.

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