In loving memory of

Janelle Diana Norem
January 27, 1976 - March 21, 2019

Janelle Diana Norem, 43, of Hampton, Iowa, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Hampton. She was born January 27, 1976, in Hampton, Iowa, to Darwin and Diana (Echelberger) Norem.

Janelle graduated from Hampton-Dumont High School, the class of 1994. She was united in marriage to Duane Zander on July 29, 1996, at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Coulter. To this union, two sons were born - Colin and Jesse Zander. They are divorced at this time.

Janelle had a daycare in her home while her sons were young. Some of her other jobs throughout her life included Subway, Hometown Pizza and Pub, Dudley's and AmericInn. Janelle was a para educator at CAL Community School. She also worked at Cub Cadet in Latimer. She loved working with the children. Most recently, she was employed at Godfather's in Hampton.

She enjoyed adult coloring, drawing, reading, cooking and shopping with her mom, Diana.

Janelle is survived by her son Colin Zander of Mason City; son Jesse Zander of Coulter; grandson Gavin Janssen of Mason City; granddaughter Takiah Zander of Audubon; mother Diana Norem and her friend Bill Ballard of Hampton; father Darwin Norem and his wife Janice of Greenfield, Missouri; brother Jason Norem and his friend Vicki Limpert of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; niece Isabella Norem of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; half-brother Andy Norem of Miller, Missouri; half-brother Chaz Norem of Mount Vernon, Missouri; half-sister Melody Finley of Lamar, Missouri; and special friend Steve Yakel of Hampton, along with other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.


Sarah Hansen wrote on Mar 27, 2019:

"Janelle was an amazing para professional in my classroom several years ago. She was one of the best. She was patient and caring with the students she worked with. Janelle loved to stay busy. She always went above and beyond in helping the students and myself. She loved to read to small groups of students and was always encouraging to those who needed it most. May God wrap his loving arms around you, Janelle. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Sarah "

Jeanette Kirschbaum wrote on Mar 27, 2019:

"I'm so sorry to see this. My sympathy for you all."

Rick oudekerk wrote on Mar 26, 2019:

"I have no words God has a plan your all in my prayers "

Jolene Bullis wrote on Mar 26, 2019:

"I?m so sorry to hear of Janelle?s passing. Thinking of your family during this time. Jolene Bullis "

Donna Tripp wrote on Mar 25, 2019:

"Diana so sorry to hear about Janelle you are in our prayers from Donna Nohrenberg Tripp and CIndy Nohrenberg Johnson "

Pam Simpson wrote on Mar 25, 2019:

"Janelle was just a few years younger than me. I always enjoyed visiting with her. Prayers out to the family, particularly Diane! "

Tiffany Zumbrunnen wrote on Mar 25, 2019:

"I am deeply saddened. Janelle was a wonderful person and friend. I?m very sorry for the loss! She will be deeply missed! My heart is heavy and wish I could have been there to help her!"

Patty Reed wrote on Mar 25, 2019:

"I was so saddened to learn the news of her passing. My thoughts are with all those that loved and knew Janelle."

Alicia Davis wrote on Mar 25, 2019:

"Love and light to you and your family. You are being thought of at this time. Your neighbors, Steven and Alicia Davis."

Richard Echelberger wrote on Mar 25, 2019:

"Cousin, so sad and tragic to hear if your passing. You were loved by so many. You will be missed. Richard Mark Echelberger "

Cindy Johnson wrote on Mar 24, 2019:

"My sincere condolences to you Diana, Jason and the rest of Janelles family and friends. Knowing her from being our neighbor little girl til she was an adult was a joy. See you later Janelle."

Susan Bender wrote on Mar 24, 2019:

"My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I remember Janelle as a loving young woman who babysat my kids many years ago. Praying for all of you."

Reg Morton wrote on Mar 23, 2019:

"Our hearts and prayers for you at this time. Know we care and will continue to always. "