Janet L. “Jan” (Maasdam) Handley began her eternal life with her heavenly family on January 5, 2020. She was born in 1942, to parents Fred and Wilma (Van Wyk) Maasdam of Lynnville, Iowa. She lived all of her childhood years in the Lynnville-Sully area, attending a one room school until 1952, along with many cousins. In 1961, after attending Central College for one year, she married Chet Handley, who is the father of her two children, Brad and Sharla. After this marriage dissolved, God called her to an almost 40-year career selling inspirational literature primarily through Successful Living in truck stops, grocery stores, and restaurants. This ministry was started with a $25 tithe from an income tax refund.
Her relationship with Jesus was the rock of her life during many hard financial years, and also when times were easier. Jesus is a real entity and can be trusted to lead each of us, if we but let him.
Left to enjoy the memories she shared with them are:
Son Brad (Paula) Handley of Ann Arbor, Michigan
Christopher Burke and his family
Marie Barksdale and her family
Daughter Sharla (Randy) Ryals of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Brother Harlan (Carleen) Maasdam of Sully, Iowa
Darrell (Susan) Maasdam
Douglas (Shawna) Maasdam
Dwayne (Janelle) Maasdam
Cheri (Jess) Vander Weerdt
And their families
And, many, many other relatives and friends of the heart throughout the United States.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Wilma Maasdam.
In lieu of flowers please make a charitable donation to one of the following: Joshua Christian Academy of Des Moines, Ankeny Christian Academy or Peoria Christian School of Peoria, Iowa. Please see below for visitation and service details. Additionally, attendees are invited to stay after the interment for additional fellowship and a light lunch.
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Peoria Christian School
Ankeny Christian Academy
Joshua Christian Academy
Des Moines IA