Thornburg, Janet Marie

July 24, 1949 - October 16, 2021

Janet Marie (Rohloff) Thornburg, age 72, passed away peacefully at home on October 16, 2021. Born July 24, 1949 in Wichita, Kansas, she lived in Herington, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, Altoona, Iowa, Lexington, Nebraska, and Plano, Texas. She graduated from Trinity Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1970 and worked as a registered nurse for 45 years until retiring from Blue Cross and Blue Shield in 2015. Janet was a loving wife for 51 years, a devoted mother, and proud grandmother. She had a kind heart and was a friend to many.  She took great pride in helping others and loved working as a nurse. There is no doubt she will be deeply missed.   Some cherished family memories include her time as Girl Scout leader, birthday cake baker, and learning to love rollercoasters at age 65. She had a love of all things Christmas including a collection of Santa Claus figures, Radko glass ornaments, and our Coca-Cola polar bear, “Guardbear,” who stood guard next to the tree and presents each year.

She is survived by her husband, Jon, her children, Tony, Kara (Rand), and Kelli (Mack), her beloved grandchildren, Shelbe, Jake, Piper, Jack, Lydia, Nathan, Claire, Owen, Henry, and Nicholas, her brothers, Roy (Marcia) and Greg (Judy) and many extended family members. Janet was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Freda Rohloff.

Services will be held at 11:00 am October 30, 2021 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1801 W. Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX 75075.

Memorial contributions are welcome at the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

Online: or mailed to, Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047

Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

12 replies on “Thornburg, Janet Marie”

Phyllis Tucker says:

A beautiful picture and a loving tribute to Janet. She will definitely be missed by many. My thought and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Love to you all Phyllis Tucker.

Tish and Jonathan Maedche says:

Jon, Tony, Kara and Kelli!
I worked with Janet @ BCBSTX. She was so optimistic and positive. Always an advocate for doing the right thing, wether for the company or the provider or the patient.
I respected her so much. And enjoyed all the lunches we shared.
Jonathan and I pray for God’s loving arms surround you in peace!

Larry and Sandi Mercer says:

Jon, your memories for you and the kids will last, of a wife and mother who loved her husband and children & grandchildren and who served her community as a great care-giver. What a cherished and great legacy.
Love you,
Larry and Sandi
We will send a donation to Lewy Body Dementia Association

Loretta Onwu says:

Janet was a wonderful woman of faith so loving, caring and always smiles. I am going to miss her.

Jerry and Jane says:

Jon and family,
Our deepest sympathy. May the memories of Janet . . . of happy times, of joyful times, of hearty laughter, and caring words help you through this sorrowful time. Our love to all of you. 1 Corinthians 15:54, 57

Debbie & Terry Green says:

Janet will be missed by all who knew her.

Lily Doan says:

Sorry for your lost! My condolence and prayers to Janet Thornburg’s family, Jon, and your loved ones.
Hair Stylist Lily

Nancy Hamer says:

Janet was a great friend whom we will truly miss. Sending love and strength to Jon and family during this difficult time.

Love & Hugs
Gary & Nancy

Nancy & Gary says:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Janet. She was a great friend who we will truly miss. Our thoughts and prayers to Jon and family during this difficult time.
Love & Hugs
Gary and Nancy ❤️🙏🏻

Cathy & Dave Dalton says:

So sorry for this great loss. So many fun memories of Janet that we all spent together over the years. The cruise, the mystery western dress up party at your house, Womens retreat at Texoma, floating down the Como river, being out at the lake, the Winery and so much more. She loved life and it loved her. Love and God’s comfort to the family,
Cathy & Dave

The Ashburns says:

Sending our love and prayers to the Thornburg Family. We are praying for peace and comfort in this time of need. May God grant you the strength to get thru this difficult time. Our heartfelt condolences.
Adela and Michael Ashburn

Steve & Jeanne Koch says:

Jeanne and I wish to convey our sincerest and heartfelt emotions on the loss of your Janet who was not only a wife and best friend but, mother, sister, a grandmother as well as friend to many as her life, heart and soul brought kindness and forever memories to others. Janet is now a treasure as when someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.

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