Janie Droz Nunn, age 74, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.
Janie was born on October 5, 1948, in Rich Hill, MO to Glenn R. and Dorothy L. (Jennings) Droz.
Janie grew up in Rich Hill, where she enjoyed an active school life, including band and cheerleading.
She attended Central Missouri State University and University of Missouri Columbia, graduating in
1970. She later earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education.
Janie taught elementary school for 30 years, with the majority of her career spent teaching third
grade at Belair Elementary School in Jefferson City, MO. She was a devoted educator who worked
hard to create a classroom where all children felt supported.
In 1997, Janie married David, the great love of her life. She enjoyed reading, decorating her
home, baking rum cakes, drinking drive-thru fountain sodas, and propagating houseplants – visitors
to her home often left with a plant in hand. She had a lifelong fondness for cats, going back to her first
pet Biscuit, which was the only animal ever allowed in her childhood home.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Lt. Donald G. Droz.
She is survived by: her husband, David; brother, Paul W. Droz and his wife Peggy Droz of Rich
Hill, MO; sister-in-law, Judith Droz Keyes of Santa Monica, CA; son, Vince Palermo and his wife
Tricia Palermo and daughter, Mila Palermo of Joplin, MO; daughter, Marti Palermo and her husband
Jarrod Routh of Chicago, IL; and son, Andrew Palermo and his wife Milena Pastreich and son, Sasha
Palermo of Los Angeles, CA.
A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association by mailing
all donations to P.O. Box 95, Jefferson City, Mo. 65102.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.
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