Janice Rabbitt

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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2019 4:38 pm

Janice Marie Rabbitt, 81, of Jefferson died Monday, May 27, 2019 at a Sioux City hospital.

Funeral services were May 31 at Morningside Lutheran Church.

Janice Rysta was born Aug. 2, 1937 in Sioux City to Arthur and Violet (Lund) Rysta. Janice grew up in Sioux City where she graduated from East High School then moved to Sioux Falls where she graduated from Augustana College with her teaching degree.

On June 6, 1959, she married Michael “Dale” Rabbitt in Sioux City. They spent many hours at horse shows and the race track with their boys (both horse and car tracks). Janice had a green thumb and was able to make any plant or flower flourish; she was proud of her flower beds and vegetable garden. The Rabbitt’s favorite dates were held on the dance floor square dancing. Mr. Rabbitt died June 10, 2015. She spent the next four years living with her sister, Ruth.

Mrs. Rabbitt taught elementary school in the Sioux City Community School District for 10 years. She then transitioned to Interbake Foods where she was a line lead for 20 years before retiring to join the family business now known as Rabbitt Family Vision Center. While Janice’s father was ill she took care of him, making sure that he never ate dinner alone. She was a longtime member of Morningside Lutheran Church and involved in many of the activities.

Survivors include her two sons, Dr. Dan (Angie) Rabbitt of Jefferson and Jeff (Lori) Rabbitt of North Sioux City; her sister, Ruth Rysta of Sioux City; her brother-in-law, Don (Jane) Rabbitt of Fond du Lac, WI; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Mrs. Rabbitt was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Orville and Richard; and a sister, Carolyn.

Onlisne condolences may be sent to www.meyerbroschapels.com