Janet Marie Brouse, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away on August 31, 2020, in Independence, Missouri. Janet was born August 14, 1935, in Kansas City, Missouri, to parents Joseph and Marceline Houston. When asked about the secret to a lasting marriage, the answer was that she and her husband of 66 years, Chuck, had been great friends before becoming partners for life.
Janet was a talented artist, jewelry maker, and crafter. She enjoyed traveling the country by RV and was an avid cruiser (65 in total with a license plate holder claiming her other car was an ocean liner). She was a fashionable dresser and liked to decorate for special occasions, including setting up elaborate village scenes for each of the major holidays. She worked for and retired from the KC Parks and Recreation Department as an Outdoor Education Program secretary. As a person of strong faith, she was also a practicing Catholic who actively engaged in church worship, mission, and volunteer initiatives.
Janet had a close circle of family members and friends, including Cindy Kenealy, Sharon VanBibber, Genny Ann Gallup, Madeline Fiscus, Aurora Doherty, and Patti Kortcamp, who celebrated, uplifted, nurtured, encouraged, and shared adventures together. Janet was a kind, caring, and compassionate grandmother who called on the first day of each school year as a reminder that, if needed by her grandchildren, she was "hiding in their pocket."
Janet is survived by her beloved husband, Charles (Chuck) Brouse, and cherished sister and brother-in-law, Caroline and Roger Palmer. Janets three sons - Steve, David, and Jeff - were her pride and joy, and she strongly supported their school, scouting, athletic, and career interests. She was also blessed by her daughter-in-laws - Michele, Susan, and Heather; grandchildren - Jon (spouse Catie), Ben (spouse Nichole), Georgi (spouse Josh), Shelby, Kelly, Bryan, Kyle, Chantel, and Chelsea; great-grandchildren - Connor, Endsley, Camryn, Liam, Brynn, and Jonah; and niece, Jody Iwaniec. There will be no church service or burial at this time.