Jan Kuba

Born in Marengo, IA
Born on May 17, 1945
Departed on Jul 13, 2020

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Jan Lovell Kuba, 75, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on July 13, 2020 after a brief, but courageous, battle with cancer.

Private family funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday July 16th, 2020 with inurnment to follow. A live stream for this service is available at: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/2338783

A public visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15 at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel Stateroom. The family has requested that all attendees wear masks.

Jan was born on May 17, 1945 in Marengo, Iowa to John and Lovell McGillicuddy.  She graduated from Washington High School in 1963 where she met the love of her life, William Kuba.  They were married on May 15, 1965, recently celebrating 55 years of marriage.  Jan was a devoted wife and mother, staying home to nurture and guide her children while young.  She worked as a librarian assistant at Arthur Elementary in Cedar Rapids for many years, shaping the lives of kids that were in and out of the IMC.  After retiring, she could be found helping her husband run their business at Bill’s in Marion.

Over the years, Jan and Bill enjoyed summers at the softball diamonds, tailgating and attending Iowa football games, monthly potlucks, gatherings with their many friends, and wintering in Rockport, Texas and most recently Mesa, Arizona.  Jan loved listening to music, reading, cooking and trying new recipes, had a knack for decorating, and always made holiday and ordinary gatherings special for her family.  With an infectious smile and laugh there was always an occasional eye-roll and joke. 

Surviving to honor her memory are her husband Bill, children Lisa (Ed) Willett, Matt (Kathy) Kuba, Mike (Tammi) Kuba, grandchildren Erin, Meghan, Jack, Emily, and Ben, siblings Joe (Jeri) McGillicuddy and Angie (Russ) Laures, sister-in-law Joyce Kuba, and niece and nephew Sara (Mark) McWhinney and Ryan (Misti) Shawver. 

Jan was preceded in death by her parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law Marvin and Matilda Kuba, and son-in-law Tim Canney.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Mercy for their wonderful care.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Oldorf Hospice House or Camp Courageous.  Jan will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her.  Life is short… eat dessert first!