ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Jan Marie Mick, 43, died of breast cancer at her Anchorage home on Jan. 14, 2006, surrounded by family.
A memorial service will be at Anchorage Lutheran Church, in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Bill Warren officiating.
Mrs. Mick was born in Hastings on Jan. 17, 1962. She graduated from McCook High School in 1980. She received a master's in education from Kearney State College in Kearney. In 1989, she moved to Alaska where she worked as a school teacher at Anchor Lutheran School until 1992. She later taught with the Anchorage School District at Nunaka Valley, from 1992 until 2005. During the summer she worked as a driver for Royal Celebrity Tours.
She was a member of Anchorage Lutheran Church, Anchorage Snowmobile Club and Last Frontier Motorcycle Group. She was nominated several times for Teacher of the Year. She enjoyed camping, riding snow machines and motorcycles with her husband and friends. She also enjoyed bowling with her friends on the teachers' leagues, waterskiing and parasailing.
Her family wrote, "Jan was known for her infectious smile and her 'can do' attitude."
Survivors include husband, Bob Mick of Anchorage; daughter, Chelsea Koetter of Anchorage; stepdaughters and son-in-law, Patti and Drew Ashcraft and Jenni Mick of Bryan, Texas; mother and stepfather, Carole and Jerry Zimmerman of Loup City; stepmother, Elda Heckenlively of Kearney; grandson, Isaiah Estrada of Anchorage; step-granddaughter, Emrie Lynn Ashcraft of Bryan; mother- and father-in-law, Gary and Trisha Mick of Arcadia, Mich.; sister and brother-in-law, Jodi and Carl Stevenson of Anchorage; brothers andsisters-in-law, Jay and Joy Heckenlively of Sumner, Jeff and Cathy Heckenlively of Anchorage, Jarred and Amy Heckenlively of Denver, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Mary Fields of Austin, Texas, and Cathy McClendon of San Antonio, Texas; stepsister and brother-in-law, Heather and Travis Sidders of Kenesaw; stepbrother and sister-in-law, Travis and Paula Johnson of Axtell; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Larry "Red" Heckenlively, and grandparents, Max and Roberta Congrove and Ralph and Alma Heckenlively.
Arrangements by Evergreen Memorial Chapel of Anchorage.