Graveside services for Janis Westerfeld, 78, of Lubbock, formerly of San Saba, will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in the Resthaven Cemetery in Lubbock, Texas. The Combest Family Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
She died Friday, Nov. 22, at Carillon House following a lengthy battle against Alzheimer’s disease.
Born Janis Jean Jackson on Dec. 20, 1940, in Dallas to Raymond Jackson and Mona Gene Jackson, she was raised in Dallas and enjoyed art and oil painting during her early years. A graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, she attended the University of Texas in Austin. On a blind date she met the man she would marry, Richard Dennis Westerfeld of Midland. The two were wed on April 15, 1960, in Dallas.
The couple lived in Austin, the Dallas area, Littlefield and Odessa prior to moving to San Saba in 1972. While in San Saba, she learned the art of china painting. Many of her pieces won blue ribbons at the State Fair of Texas.
She and her husband also bred, raised and showed Persian and Exotic cats for many years, eventually producing a CFA grand champion.
A homemaker and a loving wife, mother and grandmother, she and her husband relocated to Temple and eventually to Lubbock. She enjoyed shopping with her daughters, decorating the family home, and spending time with her family. She did medical transcription work for many years and was a caregiver for her father-in-law in his final months. She was a Christian.
Survivors include her daughters, Sheri Westerfeld Lewis of Lubbock, Wendi Strei (Brian) of Jonestown, Texas; Marcie Thomas (Jeff) of McKinney, Texas; and Lori Westerfeld (Rich Castro) of Wailuku, Hawaii; six grandchildren, Blake Lewis and Tye Lewis, both of Lubbock, Jennifer Heath of Austin, Heather Strei of Jonestown, Nash Thomas of McKinney and Thatcher Westerfeld Castro of Wailuku; and two great-grandchildren.
Her husband and caregiver died June 12, 2018. Her parents and her brother, Ron Jackson, also preceded her in death.
The family has requested memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, act.alz.org; Lubbock Meals on Wheels, lubbockmealsonwheels.org; or Hospice of Lubbock, covenanthealth.org/hospice-of-lubbock.
The family would like to extend its deep appreciation to Dr. Robert Ordóñez of Lubbock and his staff for their dedicated care.