Obituary of Janice Frank-Tappy (1963 – 2021) – Sterling, CO
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Janice was born on April 15, 1963 in Brush, Colorado, to Leo and Mary Ann (Hottinger) Basler. She graduated from Akron High School in 1981. After high school Janice attended Northeastern Junior College, then started working for the Equitable Savings and Loan Association in Sterling in 1982. She started as a cashier, promoted to accountant, supervisor Bookkeeping, Accountant / Cashier Supervisor, Assistant Manager and Assistant Vice President. Janice worked there with an emphasis on customer service and being a light in the office.
On June 3, 1989, she married the first love of her life, Thomas John Frank, in Sterling, Colorado. They enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and family. On March 20, 1992, she gave birth to her son, Daniel Joseph Frank, and then on July 30, 1994, they were lucky to have another son, Joshua Anthony Frank. The boys were the light of their lives and they raised them together until her death on June 10, 1996. Janice was involved in the education of the boys and passed on to them the love of hunting and fishing from their father. Janice enjoyed being active in all of her son’s activities throughout his childhood. When Josh was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, Janice was a source of strength and resilience by his side.
Janice was a kind and caring woman known for her gentle wit and infectious smile. She couldn’t wait to fill her grandchildren, Juniper Rose Frank, Daniel and Abbey Frank, born October 9, 2021, with love; and future grandson of Josh and Josie Frank, due December 25, 2021. She enjoyed spending time with family, gardening and enjoying the company of friends and traveling. She especially liked being on the beach. She was also very involved in the United Methodist Church of Christ.
On May 12, 2000, Janice married Bryan Tappy. They then moved north and west of town to get closer to the farm and enjoy the great outdoors and prairie sunrises and sunsets.
Janice was predeceased by her beloved husband, Thomas; mother, Mary Ann; grandparents, Adolf and Icle Basler and Charles and Philomène Hottinger; stepfathers, Joseph Frank and Davis Tappy; and stepmothers, Ruby Frank and Gayle Tappy.
Janice is survived by her husband, Bryan of Sterling; son, Daniel and wife, Abbey of Prairieville, Louisiana and Joshua and wife, Josie of Box Elder, South Dakota; father, Leo Basler of Akron, Colorado; sisters and brothers, Mary Lee (Donnie) of Greeley, Colorado; Susan from Duncan, Oklahoma; Ed (Leslie), Pat (Tracey), Carol (Rob), Alan (Shantil), all of Akron, Colorado; and Dan (Laura) of Yuma, Colorado; and many nieces and nephews whom she adored.
In lieu of flowers, commemorative donations in memory of Janice can be made at Brent’s Place –
or Christ United Methodist Church, care of Tennant Funeral Home, PO Box 1547, Sterling, CO 80751
Posted by Akron News-Reporter on Oct 28, 2021.