Janet D. Mahood

AMES – Graveside services for Janet D. Mahood, 78, will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 12, 2021, at the Newell Cemetery in Newell. Ames Monument and Cremation Center in Ames is in charge of arrangements.

She died peacefully May 4, 2021, at Northridge Village Health Care in Ames, surrounded by the love of her family.

Janet’s life began Aug. 9, 1942, at the hospital in Storm Lake. She was raised on a farm north of Newell by her parents, Ole and LaVon (Johnson) Frolund, and older sister, Virginia.

Nain Lutheran Church in Newell, where she was baptized, confirmed, and married, was her extended (mostly Danish) family as she grew.

She attended Newell Public School, where she played clarinet in the concert and marching band, and sang in the mixed chorus and girls’ glee club.

She was a member of Future Homemakers of America and participated in speech and drama.

While a member of Newell Pepperettes 4-H Club, she was able to work on various projects to compete in the Buena Vista County Fair. She presented a clothing construction demonstration at the Iowa State Fair.

Janet graduated from Newell High School in 1960 and then attended Grand View College in Des Moines for one year, before transferring to Iowa State University.

There, she majored in home economics education and graduated in 1964. After accepting a home economics teaching position at Ida Grove, she met social studies teacher Gary Mahood at the post office.

They married June 12, 1965. Their son, Reece arrived in 1969 and daughter, Aileen, in 1973.

From 1974-1987, Janet and Gary owned and operated a garden/flower shop in Ida Grove, named The Village Green.

In 1987, Janet was hired to be the home care aide supervisor for Ida County Public Health, until retiring in 2005.

She was very active in the Ida Grove Methodist Church, where much of her time was devoted to United Methodist Women, where she held several offices.

She taught Sunday school and VBS, served on worship and flower committees, worked with the music program and was a member of KCQ craft group.

She belonged to the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Eastern Star and Horn Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She treasured the friendships made in these various activities.

She loved time spent with her family and attending the diverse activities of her children and grandboys. Janet was a Cub Scout den mother, Rainbow mom and doting grandmother.

Playing the piano to accompany various small musical groups from school and church was a favorite activity. She liked arranging things and collecting “stuff,” such as mugs, scarves, words of wisdom, angels, scarecrows, pilgrims, bunnies and holiday-themed items. She was forever “fiddling” with various sewing projects and crafts.

As Janet grew older, she developed some health issues, which limited her abilities. So, she was unable to do many of the things she loved to do, but she always faced her challenges with a positive attitude and sense of humor.

The Northridge Village Independent Living apartments at Ames became Gary and Janet’s home in 2018. In November 2020, she moved to the Healthcare unit.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Gary; a son, Reece, his wife, Camille, and their sons, Kiernan and Euan of Concord, Calif.; and a daughter, Aileen Sullivan, her husband, Joel, and their sons, Lane and Leo of Ames.

Also surviving are her brother-in-law, Craig (Nancy) Mahood; a sister-in-law, Sheryl Mahood; two nephews, Kurt (Carol) Nussle and Ryan (Heather) Mahood; two nieces, Karen Nussle and family, and Kiffany Mahood; and additional family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death by an infant son born in 1968; her sister, Virginia Nussle; a niece, Stephanie Mahood; and Gary’s parents, Richard and Miriam Mahood.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.amesmonument.com.