‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Janis's visitation.

Janis Dolores Wetherbee

Janis Dolores (Yager) Wetherbee, of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at the age of 75. She was born on June 7, 1946 in Dearborn, Michigan. The daughter of Ralph Orville Yager and Helena DeLoris (Frederick) Yager. Janis (Jan) was most recently married to Raymond Clark Wetherbee who preceded her death in 2019. Jan earned a degree in Mathematics from Wayne State University. She was the owner of a travel agency in Kalamazoo and enjoyed helping others in planning their travel adventure vacations. As a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, she had a passion for both domestic and international travel. She loved traveling with her family and as the kids grew, guiding them in their own travel plans. The grandchildren, nieces and nephews especially remember the great theme park adventures and the picture book memories she would later create for them to treasure. Jan loved children and creating all forms of arts, crafts and ceramics, especially scrapbooking with them. Jan developed a passion for genealogy as a hobby. Later in life, she became an expert genealogist and enjoyed helping other families document their own generational stories and history. As a person who liked to be productive, she always had a knitter's needle in hand making gifts for others along with her circle of knitting friends. Jan will be missed by her family and friends. In memory of Jan, please donate to the American Red Cross, as she was a lifelong supporter. While visiting Janis' tribute page, please take a moment to light a candle or share a memory with her family. The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home and Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087. (269) 679-5622.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Janis Wetherbee, please visit our flower store.


Janis will always be remembered as a once in a lifetime very special person and a true kindred spirit. My first Walled Lake beach girlfriend every summer followed by 65+ years of lifetime love and friendship that lasted long beyond any youthful expectations. While we didnt have enough personal visits between our NC and MI homes over the past few years, we talked often, including just 3 weeks ago, and shared many personal things when she always asked first, How are YOU, William John?. Her genealogy history of my family was a surprise gift that will always be treasured as another example of her love. She was a pillar of support and strength thru difficult times of my life and my regret is to not have realized that she also needed more of that from us. But that was her version of lovein her mind others were more important to care about than her own needs. RIP, Janis. Let God now give you time and rest for yourself as we appreciate your life and what you meant to each of us. Bill Gregory

Bill Gregory Oct 3 2021 10:52 AM

I was in Recipes for Change with Janis for 7 years where she made and generously donated the tickets and all the marketing materials. She also found us affordable plane tickets for a trip to Hawaii that we'll never forget. She was a kind and generous woman. She will be greatly missed. Prayers to the family. So sorry for your loss.

Marisa LoBretto Oct 2 2021 10:42 AM

My sister was the constant giver and love to help people in so many ways. Her love of genealogy was part of her love to help others find out about the past family and relatives. Her love of travel and especially to Poland to visit relatives on our mother side of the family. She really was only happy when she had a man in her life so the last 2 years was a difficult time of sadness for her. Janis loved to be with family and when that occurred she was in heaven. Many loved Janis but I do not believe she really understood how many and how much she was loved. Many times I felt she just wanted to be loved. Janis is in a happier place. Love from your Brother Jim Yager

James Yager Oct 1 2021 12:30 PM

I was in the prayer shawl weavers group with her. She would tell us a lot out her family and some of the trips she had gone on as well as all the people she was searching their history and who the famous people some of them were related too. She love to sit and knit lots of lovely shawls and share a good laugh. We know she had diabetes and she always wanted everyone to eat real foods and not the artificial kind. She always seemed to be in good health and never let on it there was anything wrong. I will pray for her and her family that they get thur this hard time. Her friend Linda.

Linda Strong Sep 30 2021 7:48 PM

I met Ray and Janis in Grant Solomon's barn in 2010. (A year earlier I met Wendy in the same barn!) I have great memories of sharing meals and friendship together. We enjoyed genealogy and history and even a trip to Comerica Park. She introduced us to the most amazing canned salmon dip. We will miss her kindness and generosity. Nathan, Wendy, Betsy & Nick Martens

Nathan Martens Sep 29 2021 8:22 PM