Janice A. Holcomb

Age 85, passed away September 4, 2022.  She was born April 2, 1937, in St. Joseph, Michigan, to Clair and Bertha (Binger) Miller.  Janice attended Hope College, graduating with a Bachelors degree and completed her Masters at Michigan State University.  She worked as a teacher, retiring  from North Elementary in the Lansing Public Schools.  She was an avid Spartan fan and held season tickets for Spartan Football, Basketball, Hockey, and Volleyball.  Janice enjoyed traveling to support the Spartans.  Alaska in the winter was one of her favorite trips.

Janice was preceded in death by her husband, James Holcomb in 1993.  Surviving are:  Christian Miller, Matthew Miller and Melissa Miller

A memorial service will be held at a later date, at Mayflower Congregational Church, 2901 W. Mt. Hope Ave., Details of the Memorial will be posted on the Estes-Leadley website prior to the memorial.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Diabetes association, The American Heart Association and the Humane Society.  Online condolences may be left for her family at www.EstesLeadley.com.

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Nancy Norton
September 10, 2022 at 11:18 pm

I especially remember her tireless support of Michigan State University student athletes not only through her monetary contributions but by going to attend so many events in person. GO GREEN!!

Karen Richardson
September 11, 2022 at 7:57 am

Jan you will be missed dearly!!
GO GREEN,/GO WHITE. You bled Green!!
Will miss visiting you.
May you Rest In Peace!!

Alda Henderson and Mildred Richardson
September 12, 2022 at 5:38 pm

We will miss attending all of the affairs at MSU together. MSU will definitely miss your financial support to them. You were a wonderful MSU supporter.
Alda and Mildred

Suzanne Moore
September 16, 2022 at 4:02 pm

I had the pleasure of working at North Elementary School when Jan Holcomb was there and I also worked with her husband Jim at the City of Lansing. Jan is reunited with Jim now. Two great people who made a lasting impression on those whose lives they touched. To the family may your cherished memories of this great woman bring you comfort and may knowing that she is in God’s loving embrace give you peace.

Elena Keller
September 16, 2022 at 11:01 pm

Jan was a long time friend. Have good memories of spending time with her and Jim enjoying MSU events, lunches and dinners and just visiting. Jan, you will be missed.

Mildred Richardson
September 17, 2022 at 1:18 pm

Jan you were a wonderful friend to a lot of people. I will always remember our Love for MSU athletics in particular. you were as faithful a fan as you were a friend. May you now rest in your deserved peace. You will be missed dearly

Gail and Gary Eaton
September 18, 2022 at 9:53 am

I, too, had the pleasure of working closely with Jan at North—first, right across the hall from each other in the old barracks building. Then after the new school was built we were on the same team for many years. In spite of the fact that I had taught a few years already before I knew her, she taught me so much about how to be a good teacher. She was a dear friend. In spite of the fact that we moved to Tennessee, we kept in close touch with her. She will be missed in so many ways.

Sally Ford
September 18, 2022 at 10:29 am

I worked at North school for 10 years and I used to pick up students from Jan’s classroom. She ran a tight ship with those kids and had perfect penmanship and I even felt like I should straighten up when I walked into her classroom. We became friends and we both had a love for animals and Jan will be missed.

Rick Sharpe
September 18, 2022 at 11:42 am

Ms Miller was my favorite teacher back in 5th grade at Foster Elementary in 1961. She had a competition every month where the top boy and girl who accumulated the most scholastic points would be treated to lunch at the Big Boy Restaurant near Frandoor Shopping Center. I always threatened to order the steak dinner but settled for the “cheeseburger in a basket.” Lol
She always liked driving a sleek new car, as evidenced by her white Firebird. Jan is the second teacher to pass in the last couple months from Foster, as 4th grade teacher, Bob Larue died earlier.
Ms Miller will definitely be missed and as she would say to our class—“GO GREEN.”

Dianna Emerson
September 18, 2022 at 12:12 pm

Rick – That was “Bill Knapp’s” not the Big Boy. Dianna Estee Emerson

Dianna Emerson
September 18, 2022 at 12:15 pm

My 5th and 6th-grade teacher at Foster Elementary School. Still kept in touch with her all these years. We also exchanged Christmas cards each year. Saw her at many MSU sporting events. Great teacher and friend.

Bill and Lori
September 27, 2022 at 8:08 am

Bill and I feel so fortunate to have known Jan.
She was a wonderful teacher and a good friend!
We will miss her dearly!

Sue Boria
October 3, 2022 at 8:09 pm

I was just thinking of Mrs. H and came across the obituary. I’m so glad to have know Jan for the last 30+ years. We stayed in touch much less in the last few years but always knew she was thinking of me with cards and occasional newspaper clippings she would send me.
I love you Jan and pray for your eternal peace!


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