Janice Koenig found joy in teaching others, said Susan Neuwirth, her daughter.
“Her classroom was always filled with animals, real-life situations, and most of all, the presence of wanting to learn,” Neuwirth said. “I still hear, to this day, friends and strangers tell me how much they loved her as a person, and also as an educator.”
Janice Koenig, 70, of Crown Point, died Aug. 31. She had been an educator in the Crown Point Community School Corp. for more than 35 years, retiring in 2005.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Koenig, in 2007.
“They were inseparable, and he was the love of her life,” she said.
Koenig taught fifth-grade in Crown Point schools, as well as teaching in the gifted and talented program.
“She loved the children as if they were her own, and always did her best to get through to them,” Neuwirth said. “Teaching gave her joy.”
Neuwirth said Koenig was a beautiful mother who taught her daughters the value of life.
“When she was off in the summer, she always planned special events to make sure we stayed close as a family,” she said.
Koenig was an avid reader, and could read a book in an afternoon. Neuwirth said her parents studied Native American culture, and loved to collect artifacts and share their knowledge with others.
She adored her grandchildren, and spent hours playing with them.
“The grandchildren would spend hours playing, doing crafts, puppet shows and eating whatever they wanted,” she said. “She was always a lot of fun to them. She will be truly missed.”