Janet C. Mettler(1930-2013)

Janet C. Mettler went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 17th 2013. She was born in Reedley Ca. to Henry and Louise Reimer on September 7th 1930. Henry's work took the family to Stockton, Ca. where Janet attended local grade schools and started at Stockton High. Following another family move she attended and graduated from Carpentaria High. After high school, her love for the central valley which she claimed had definite seasons, brought her to Lodi working as a switchboard operator at Pacific Bell. Shortly after she met Stanley R. Mettler and they were married on March 30th 1952. Jan, as she was called by everyone, never sought to work outside the home and was content to stay at home and raise her four boys. Being a farmer's wife she wasn't afraid to lend a hand feeding calves, starting siphon pipes, pruning grapes, driving the hay truck, and selling sweet corn at the house earning her the nickname the "corn lady". Jan was known for and took pride in her macaroni salad and lemon meringue pie, to the point she once made a lemon pie and forgot to include sugar and was ready to throw it out until one of her brother in-laws offered to take it home and doctor it up. She loved to be outside working in her jungle she called a yard, but her real gift was her drawing talent. Portraits of people and animals were her favorite subjects, using materials such as grape trays, barrel lids, sheets, almost anything was her canvas. Some of her work can be viewed every year at the Christmas Drive Thru at Zion Reformed Church, where she was active since her marriage. She was most proud of her sketches of actors and actresses from the 30's to 50's. A very easy going soul who was preceded in death by her parents, husband Stan, and her grandson Andrew. Survived by her four boys, Marc (Norma), Keith (Jackie), Stephen (Jody), all of Lodi, and Michael (Alison) of Arroyo Grande, six grandchildren Sherry, Matthew, Doug, Shawn, Ryne, and Nick, and four great grandchildren, Reilly, Neely, Aurora, and Ford, and her brother Ralph Reimer of Hacienda Heights, plus many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at Lodi Memorial Cemetery, 5750 E. Pine St. on Wednesday April 24th at 2:45 pm with Pastor Matt Duerr officiating. At the family's request there is no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Reformed Church c/o Endowment Fund, the gift that gives forever.

Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 20 to Apr. 27, 2013