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In Loving Memory

Schanzle, Janet L. (nee Kehr)

August 14, 1939 - September 13, 2023

Born August 14, 1939 to August and Myrtle Kehr, Affton, Missouri.

Janet was the only child, whose father worked at Anheuser Busch and mother was an excellent cook and baker.

She met John Schanzle at age 14 at the Arena Skating Rink. John taught and was a competitive rollerskater. They married in June 1958 and had 2 children, Jill and John III. While John grew different businesses, Janet held down the household. From homemaker to landscaper to chauffeur in her 1966

Ford Galaxy, with no air or radio, because she didn’t need that. She was a Girl Scout leader, a Den Mother. She loved camping with the Girl Scout troop, even the time we slept in hammocks, in the rain.

The family took many memorable vacations. Shortly after their 25th Anniversary, John passed away and left Janet to face many challenges. She took them head on and never looked back. Armored Companies in St. Louis, Florida and Minnesota, Guard Companies in Missouri and Illinois. She took on the role with style and professionalism. First woman to own an Armored Car Company, first woman President of IACOA, Independent Armored Car Operators, and active with the Third District Police Association.

At the same time, her personal life was changing. She met Robert Moses and married him in September

1985. Bob was a perfect addition to the family as he never had children and pets. This family had both.

Janet never wanted to change her name though and be called “Grandma Moses”. Her family grew larger with 5 grandchildren. Family events were important, from Disney World, Apple Picking, Hay rides, and events at the Missouri Athletic Club, where she was one of the first woman to become a member.

Memories to be etched in our minds.

Janet lost Bob in 1999 and was a widow again. She spent more time with the grandkids and running the company. In 2006, Janet and Jill decided it was time to sell the business while on top, that the world would be changing to a cashless society. Sale was finalized and Janet officially retired.

Janet enjoyed her home and her yard. She had a beautiful rose garden and added to it yearly. Some she bought for color and some for their names, always with a Jackson Perkins book. She enjoyed entertaining and having New Years open houses, Card club, Investors Club, pool parties, along with yard games. She was an excellent cook, passed down from her mother. She enjoyed visiting the parents of her friends or friends of her parents. She was always ready for an Affton Girls Dinner. She also loved planning for the reunions. There is no job she couldn’t do. She knew how to fix things, use tools and she also knew how to use caulk, on everything!

Janet spent her last years at The Arbors at Mattis Pointe. Thanks to all the caregivers, for their love, respect and extra care made this part of her journey much brighter. They have become an extended family.

Janet is survived by her 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

Per Janet’s wishes, she did not want a visitation. Funeral Services will be immediate family only. Contributions to Alzheimer’s Association of St. Louis appreciated. A service of KUTIS AFFTON Chapel.


12 thoughts on “Schanzle, Janet L. (nee Kehr)”

    • I love all the residents I cook for and Jan was one of my favorites she was there longer than some of them she always had a great smile and laugh

  1. Jill, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her, it was evident in her beautiful smile that she was special. My condolences and prayers go with you over the next few weeks. Love Always

  2. Janet is my cousin, although there were 13 years between us we had a bond. Early on Janet worked at Ralston-Purnia, some how she was able to to tickets to the Rifleman Show at the Old Arena. I was in heaven when Chuck Connors rode out of the tunnel shooting his rifle.

  3. It was a pleasure to take care of jan! Many memories i will have of her to look back and laugh upon! She was the light of Mattis for me! It it was a bad day she would always give me a smile even if i would refuse! She knew she could get me to smile or chuckle! She was so sweet and so fun to be around!

  4. I loved Janet very much. I always looked forward to seeing her face in the mornings.. always able to put a smile on.. she was very loved by all of us that had the pleasure of serving her and taking care of her… I will forever miss her…

  5. Losing your mother definitely leaves a hole in your heart and for that I’m sorry. Her obituary sounds as though she was a real pioneer and trendsetter. I’m so glad you had her as long as you did and am praying for peace for all of you during this sad time.

  6. I worked for Janet and Jill when she had Security Armored Car she always had a smile on her face when I saw her great personality she will be missed.

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss. I read her wonderful obituary with great interest. She sure was an amazing woman! I’ve only know her for a few months, as my mom is “the other Janet” at the Arbors. I will miss seeing her sweet face there. Take care and treasure all those memories. ❤️


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