In Memory of

Jan Kjeldseth (Thomas)

Jan Thomas

This article was published today at 4:00 a.m.

MALVERN -- Jan Thomas, age 63, of Malvern, died Monday, May 8, 2017, at her home.

She was born on Dec. 7, 1953, in Clinton, Iowa, to Arlene Chapman Kjeldseth and the late Carl K. Kjeldseth. Reared and educated in Iowa, she had been a resident of this area since 1987. Jan attended Iowa State University and was a radiology technician. She worked at Hot Spring County Medical Center from 1988 to 1999. Currently, she was a home health care provider. Jan was the widow of the late David Sargent, who preceded her in death in 1979, and of the late Kyle Thomas, who preceded her in death in 2014. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her mother, Arlene Kjeldseth, of Sioux City, Iowa; her daughter, Jodie Calhoun and her husband, Dan, of Cabot, Ark.; two grandchildren, Kelsie Anderson and Katie Clower; by her two brothers, Kevin Kjeldseth and his wife, Terri, of Sioux City, Iowa, and Craig Kjeldseth, of California; and by her brothers-in-law, Randy Sargent and his wife, E.E., Marty Sargent, and Brian Sargent and his wife, Ginger.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017, in the chapel of J.A. Funk Funeral Home with the Rev. LaVon Post officiating.

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Rest in peace, NeNe.



Jan passed away May 8th, 2017.



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05/11/17 02:01 PM #1    

Rick Dennler

So sorry to hear. 

05/11/17 05:01 PM #2    

Terry S. Lewis

My deepest sympathy to her family. May she RIP.

05/11/17 08:01 PM #3    

Susan L. Ware (Brater)

I met Jan way back in elementary school at Bryant.  She was always fun.  I remember when she broke her leg TWO times in one year.  She would gamely get around on crutches a lot faster than we could walk.  I remember her fondly and send my condolences to her family.


05/12/17 04:11 PM #4    

Jeanne L. Torgerson (Haas)

To Arlene and the rest of the family...I am so sorry to hear about Jan's passing. I have wonderful childhood memories of Jan..wonderful laugh and infectious smile. :-)  




05/12/17 08:57 PM #5    

Carol K. McCracken (Sitzmann)

Will always remember the fun, crazy times!  Gone too soon, my friend!

05/13/17 07:15 AM #6    

Susan L. Hoefer (Downing)

Jan was one of my Bryant School classmates, and I was so glad to find her on Facebook a few years ago. She always had a can-do attitude. Thinking about this reminded me of a recent picture her daughter posted. I don't think she would mind me sharing it. I think Jan accomplished many things in her life, but the comments of her family and friends on her Facebook page tell me her greatest accomplishment was focusing on her family and others in her life. Their memories will keep her alive in their hearts.

05/13/17 10:24 AM #7    

Sheila K Thompson (Pick)

I remember she was always nice to everyone she came in contact with. And always smiling. Gone too soon. 

05/14/17 12:07 PM #8    

Mary E Cooper

Jan was one of my early childhood playmates and always such fun.  Rest in peace, dear Jan. You are gone too soon.

05/14/17 11:50 PM #9    

Karen K Toel (Murray)

I will always have fond memories of Jan.  She spent many years as a home health care provider, now God is taking care of her.  BFF

05/15/17 10:42 AM #10    

Jeffrey Watt Wooldridge

So very sad to hear...she always had a smile and a positive outlook...

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