Jann Grenz

On Sunday March 26th, 2017, Jann Grenz, a beautiful and adored, wife, mother, mother-in-law, Nana, sister- in-law, and dear friend to manypassed away. Jann was born in Sabetha, Kansas on September 28th, 1935. She moved to Southern California at the age of 6. Just before Jann's senior year of high school she and her parents, Wallace and Mary Theilmann, moved to the Land Park area where Jann attended McClatchy High School. After high school she attended Sacramento City College and while at a Cal Berkeley football game she met the love of her life, Lester Grenz, and they married in 1956. They worked lovingly together for 50 years. While Les attended dental school at Washington University, Jann worked to help with expenses. She also was by his side when he was a captain in the air force. Their love and marriage was an inspiration to all and lasted 50 years until Les was taken by ALS in 2006. Jann was a loving, caring devoted mother to her 3 daughters and their families, Tracy and Steve Scott, Leslee and Matt DeFazio, and Dana and Rob Ford. She was a Nana (AKA: Nana Honey) to Cameron and Spencer Scott, Matt, Nick and Evan DeFazio, and Sydney, Meredith and Molly Ford. Some of the many words her grandchildren use to describe her include elegant, poised, beautiful, classy, caring, generous, thoughtful, graceful, patient, compassionate, kind, talented, witty, clever. and very fashionable. Her grandchildren are going to miss, but cherish the special times they've spent with their Nana. Jann is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law: Larrie Grenz and wife Diane, Arless Botta, Bob Irvine, Joan Grenz Buehler and husband Walt Buehler, as well as many nieces and nephews. Jann spent most of her time as a beloved wife, mother and homemaker. She was active in fundraising with Sacramento Children's Home Guild, Los Amigos, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Cerebral Palsy Guild and for ALS. Through the years with Les and her family and friends, they traveled, skied, played tennis and golfed. Together, Jann and Les were long time members of Arden Hills and Del Paso Country Club. Jann was lucky enough to have a special man in her life for the last 7 years, Glen Underwood. He will miss their talks and time together immensely. Glen's family has also held a special place in her heart. She will be sorely missed by her adoring family, her wonderful friends (especially her FTTs group) and the Underwood family. We will celebrate Jann's life on Sunday May 28th, from noon to 3:00 at 691 Laurel Drive, in Sacramento.
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