SEPT. 14, 1940 – MAY 9, 2019
On May 9, 2019, Janice M. Martin was reunited in heaven with her son, Jeffrey Kurtis Martin, her sister, Judith Claire (Koenn) Barlau, and her parents, Bertram Koenn and Clara (Harre) Koenn. She is survived by many family members whom she dearly loved, especially her husband of 56 years, Dennis K. Martin; her daughters, Jennifer M. Schmidt (John), Jill A. O’Connor (Christopher); her grandchildren: Meagan K. Purcell (Jacob), Allison M. Schmidt, Liam M. O’Connor, and Luke M. O’Connor. She is also survived by extended family, including Sandra Mullins (Joseph); John Barlau (Linda), Ashly Perez de Tejada (Dan) and Ryan Barlau (Ana and Liam); James Barlau (Ronna), Daniel, Jesse, Josh, Crystal, Johnny, and Zach; Anne Harre; Rebecca (Harre) Kelley (Paul); and many friends. Her final days were spent surrounded by her family.
Jan was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the second daughter of Bert and Clara Koenn, a printer and a secretary. She attended Lutheran schools for her entire education, starting with Hope Lutheran Church and matriculating from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, with a degree in geography. She took the civil service exam and was offered a job with the Army Map Service in Bethesda, MD. On her own, she moved halfway across the country to start her new job which she began on June 18, 1962. Also on that day, a young man, recently honorably discharged from his Army enlistment, started his first day at Army Map Service – Dennis K. Martin. They married later that year on Dec. 30, 1962 and spent the next 56 years together, raising their family.
After the birth of their son, Jeffrey, Jan focused her exceptional skills on making a beautiful and loving home for their family. Jan was an exceptional – and self-taught – cook. She lent her beautiful soprano voice to the church choir for many years. Her talents as a skilled seamstress resulted in many beautiful dresses for her daughters and décor for their home. In more recent years, Jan and Den enjoyed traveling overseas and spending time with their grandchildren.
Jan was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to many. She treasured her family and friends, welcoming all into her home. Devoting her life to her family, she instilled strong values that still run deeply through the family. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to the following: https://www.wlrva.org/donate.html (select: ‘Westminster at Lake Ridge Special Gift’ as recipient) or Children’s Hospital: https://giving.childrensnational.org/site/SPageNavigator/Donation_Form_No_Child_Turned_Away_Paypal.html?amount=other
Services will be held 28 May 2019 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA. Visitation begins at 10:00 AM and services to follow at 11:00 AM. Interment private.