Janet M. Pollock

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Janet Marie (Watters) Pollock passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 1, 2024. 

A celebration of life will be held on Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. at the Guttenberg Methodist Church followed by a reception in the Ingleside River Park in Guttenberg.

Janet was born on Jan. 16, 1949, to Elmer and Myrtle (Saunders) Watters in Clinton, Iowa. She attended Iron Hill Country School and graduated in 1967 from Maquoketa High School.

In 1975 she married Roger Wood and they shared four wonderful children. They later parted ways and she was blessed to find love again when she met Ross Pollock. They were united in marriage on April 24, 2010.

After high school, Janet worked for Goodenow and Wright Law Firm in Maquoketa. After years of dedicated work there, she decided to follow her dream of being a nurse and attended Clinton Community College where she earned her degree as a Registered Nurse. She devoted her life to her work as a nurse working at Medical Associates and Genesis Health System. After her retirement in 2010, she moved to Mineral Point, Wis. with her husband Ross where they lived on a 40-acre farmette. In 2020, she and Ross moved into a beautiful riverfront home in Guttenberg. Janet was active in the Methodist Church in both Mineral Point and Guttenberg.

Over 14 wonderful years together, Ross and Janet traveled to numerous places, including 30 U.S. states, two Canadian provinces and three European countries; Germany, Belgium and Denmark.

Janet always welcomed friends and family into her home and enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes. She valued spending time with her girlfriends, listening to Elvis and playing Bingo. She had a passion for nature and her greatest love was spending time with her family camping, fishing, going on golf cart rides, playing games, hunting for morel mushrooms, and watching her grandchildren play sports. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Green Bay Packers fan. Janet was very proud of her family and cherished every precious moment spent together.

Janet is survived by her husband, Ross Pollock; children, Brenda (Paco) Ochoa of Los Fresnos, Texas, Matt (Alison) Wood of North Liberty, Paula (Paul) Rasmussen of Monona, Paul (Irina) Wood of Redding, Calif.; her step-children, Dave (Marieta) Pollock of Hamont-Achel, Belgium, Ross (Simona) Pollock of Schwabach, Germany, John Pollock of Bremen, Germany; seven grandchildren, Natalia Ochoa, Taylor Rasmussen, Nora Rasmussen, Zach Wood, Rachel Wood, Eliana Wood and Izabella Wood; seven step-grandchildren, Sofie Pollock, Yentl Pollock, Marvin Pollock, Jason (Nadine) Pollock, Jimmie Pollock, Anaka Pollock, Nils Pollock; two great-grandchildren, Wout Pollock and Neah Pollock; her sister, Donna Feltes of Maquoketa; one niece, Angie (Feltes) Gray of Topeka, Kan.; one nephew, Robert Feltes of Maquoketa; her sister-in-law, Susan (Gail) Wilson of Tempe, Ariz. and one nephew-in-law, Brian (Joanna) of Chandler, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Myrtle Watters.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and St. Croix Hospice for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Janet’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project or Doctors Without Borders.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.iowacremation.com under obituaries.

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