Janet Alma Hoff was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Ames, Iowa, the daughter of Carl R. and Alma (Schoenlein) Hoff, and baptized by her grandfather, Rev. H. W. Schoenlein, on Oct. 19, 1930. She died peacefully June 5, 2019, at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, surrounded by her family.


Jan graduated from Ames High School in 1948, the Oberlin (Ohio) Conservatory of Music in 1952, and received her Master of Music Education degree from Drake University in 1968. In 1951, she married Bernard A. Clark; to this union were born four children.


Jan taught school in Suffolk County, England, and Hamilton County, Iowa. She was a secretary for 20 years at Iowa State University, and for 31 years served the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Story City as organist. After moving to Carroll in 1999 she became an organist at St. Paul Lutheran Church and served there for an additional 16 years; she was always an active volunteer in the church and community.


In her earlier years she was an avid tennis player and enjoyed bike rides, kayaking and swimming. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; her greatest joy was her family. Since returning to Ames two years ago, Jan had immersed herself in all the life and activities of the Northridge Village community. She will be greatly missed by all who were touched by her passion for life and kindness toward others.


She is survived and dearly missed by her four children: Nicole (Dr. John) Carroll of Corpus Christi, Texas; Kim Severson of Randall; Todd Clark of Pleasant Hill; and Brent (Sherry) Clark of Ogden; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, a sister, Elsie (Dr. Chuck) Walter of Bellingham, Wash., and numerous nieces and nephews. Her parents and three siblings preceded her in death. She donated her body to the University of Iowa Medical School for scientific research.


Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Story City, preceded by visitation at 10 a.m.


Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City entrusted with arrangements.