Janis Gaylene (Ollenburger) Nachtigal - October 05, 2014Janis Gaylene (Ollenburger) Nachtigal, 72, of Aurora, passed away Saturday morning, May 10, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Aurora.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 14 at the Aurora Evangelical Free Church. Rev. Vance Christie will officiate. Private family inurnment. No Visitation. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com. Memorials to Wycliffe Bible Translators for the ministry of Rick and Jolene Nachtigal.
She was born on April 13, 1942 in Balko, Okla. to Clarence and Polly (Karber) Ollenburger. Her mother, Polly, died in child birth. She grew up in Buhler, Kans. in the loving home of her father and step mother, Verna (Ediger). After graduating from Buhler High School in 1960, she attended Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kan.
Janis was united in marriage to Junior C. Nachtigal on Dec., 16, 1961 in Buhler, Kans. where Junior was teaching school. They moved to Fresno, Calif. for two years before settling in Aurora in 1964. Four boys were added to their family: Jon, Jim, Jay and Josh. They lived in town while Junior taught school at Aurora High School and in 1974 moved to their home on the farm. She was excited to follow her boys’ sporting events and was their most devoted cheerleader.
At a very young age she trusted Jesus Christ as her Savior and her relationship with Jesus was her foundation. Church involvement and fellowship with other Christians was a regular part of her life and she helped start the Aurora Evangelical Free Church. She served as a pianist, deaconess, Sunday School teacher, AWANA leader, Vacation Bible School teacher and Bible study leader. She especially enjoyed teaching the High School Sunday School class and mentoring teen girls. She loved people of all ages and ministered the truth of the Good News of Jesus.
Music brought her great joy and she excelled as a pianist, oboist and vocalist. She taught piano lessons for many years, was an accompanist and sang in the “Liberty Belles”, the worship team at church and in trios and small groups when she got the opportunity. Music by The Gaithers provided great encouragement and inspiration.
She enjoyed life on the farm and through the years also worked at the Hamilton Motor Inn as a server, and as a receptionist at Aurora Medical Clinic, Grand Island Family Practice and then Aurora’s Memorial Hospital before retiring in 2007. Having coffee with her family and friends was a regularly scheduled event.
After retirement, Junior and Janis loved travelling to California to see relatives and to Branson, Mo. to take in music shows, shop and eat out. Developing relationships with her grandchildren was a great joy and priority.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Larry Ollenburger.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 52 years, Junior; sons and daughters-in-law, Jon and Janet of Harvard; Jim and Paige of North Newton, Kans; Jay and Kim of Aurora and Josh and Jenny of Aurora; eighteen grandchildren, Jocelyn (Brent) Epp, Aurora; Jake (Yvonne), Hillsboro, Kans.; Julia, Jack and Joseph, Harvard; Kelsey, Wichita, Kans.; Alexis, Lincoln; Micah, Matthew, Gina, Caleb, Emma, North Newton, Kans.; Delaney, Denae, Davis, Halle, Koby, Colten, Aurora; great-grandchild, Anna Epp, Aurora; sister, Colleen Jost, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and many other family members and friends.