Janice “Jan” Alsup Young, a St. Joseph homemaker and piano teacher is singing in God’s heavenly choir today. Jan passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the age of 83.
Janice Alsup was born on June 13, 1931 in Erath county, Texas to W.S. and Evelyn Mason Alsup. She attended schools in Stephenville, Texas high school class of 1949 and Tarleton State College majoring in Music education. She studied piano with Mr. Charles Froh and Dr. Don Morton. While at Tarleton. She met her first husband Robert (Bob) Lagle. Jan obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at North Texas State College in Denton, Texas.
In 1952 Janice and Bob married and later became parents of a son (Scott) and daughter (Susan). After her husband’s discharge from the United States Air Force they moved from Texas to Kansas City about 1956 where Bob was employed as a pilot for Trans World Airlines. They lived in Liberty, Missouri, North Kansas City, Missouri and later moved to a farming community near Edgerton, Missouri. She was the music director and organist for the Stony Point Presbyterian Church. In the late 1980’s, Jan moved to St. Joseph where she met her second husband, Ralph B. Young. They married in 1992.
Jan’s entire life was centerd around her family and her love of music. She was a classically trained pianist and from an early age shared her talent by giving recitals, playing organ and piano at church, playing for weddings and giving piano lessons. She was vocalist and keyboard player with the Don Haage jazz trio that performed at many civic events and parties in the St. Joseph area including the Trails West Celebrations. After the death of Don Haage, Bud Salanski joined the group along with Jim Graves and Bob Long and was known as “Smooth Jazz.”
Jan was a member of the St. Joseph’s Music Teachers Association, the Community Chorus and the St. Joseph Chapter of “Sweet Adelines.” She was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church and sang for many years with the Sanctuary Choir and was the substitute organist. Jan sang with a Sweet Adeline quartet known as the “Run Abouts” and competed in several international competitions. She also served as assistant Chorus Director.
Jan was also a past member of the P.E.O., the Runci Club, and the Missouri Western Ambassadors.
Jan lost her beloved daughter, Susan Lagle Mueller in 1999 due to an automobile accident. Also proceeding her death were her parents; and two sisters, Neva Lynn Alsup and Yvonne Alsup Locklin, all of Stephenville, Texas.
Those left to cherish her memory are: husband, Ralph B. Young; son, Scott Lagle and wife Vicki, Defiance, Missouri; step-son, Michael S. Young and family of Tucker, Georgia; grandchildren, Maggie Lagle of Defiance, Missouri, Stephen Lagle of Rogers, Arkansas and Blake Mueller of Virginia Beach, Virginia; sister, Tina Alsup Blair and husband Steve of Granbury, Texas; one nephew; three nieces; and a host of cousins and friends from Texas and Missouri.
Services: 10:00 A.M. Monday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to First Presbyterian Church. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
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