In Memory

Janiffer Schroeder (Van Koll)

Janiffer Schroeder (Van Koll)

In high school, Janiffer Schroeder was close friends with Judy Hanson, Jean and Joan Shober and Sue Yerkes.  They were known as the 4"J's" and Sue, and they had lots of fun adventures during their time at South Gate High and their friendship has lasted all through the years!  

Janiffer, or Jenny to her family and friends, married soon after graduation on August 25, 1962 to Eugene Van Koll and she spent the first ten years after graduation raising their three children, Deana, born in 1964, Tom, born in 1968, and Terry, born in 1970.  In 1976 they moved to Oregon and had a restaurant at the Hillsboro Airport.  Then in 1991, they moved to Washington and opened a horse boarding facility where they boarded and trained horses and gave riding lessons, in Brush Prairie.  Janiffer, Gene and family loved horses, the outdoors, four-wheeling and boats.  They kept their kids busy with their involvement in Junior Rodeo and they enjoyed it as well!  

Janiffer and Gene were looking forward to celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary with us at our 50th Reunion, August 25, 2012, when their kids had to spoil the upcoming surprise of a 50th Wedding Anniversary party that was planned for them that night!  

Janiffer bravely fought lung cancer and lost a lung to it, but she survived years until the day before her 74th birthday, March 9, 2018.  Cancer had resurfaced in her one remaining lung. She and Gene had gone to a casino in California to celebrate her birthday, when she collapsed and sadly died before the ambulance could get there...all efforts to resuscitate her failed.  

She is dearly missed by Gene, her husband of 55 1/2 years, family and friends.  Rest in Peace, dear classmate!   

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01/19/19 09:22 PM #1    

Judy Hanson (Dillard)

You are dearly missed and still loved but I'm sure you are at Peace. Still think about you, Jean, and Joan. I hope Gene and the kids are at Peace also.

01/20/19 04:46 AM #2    

Sean Yerkes (Shipley)

My Sister, Jenny...forever in my heart. No more pain, the ability to breathe, and no more tear filled phone calls.   Such a beautiful soul...She will be loved and miss until the day I die.

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