|Janet Burgess Guth Vodick|
|January 22, 1933 - April 20, 2011|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Janet Burgess Guth Vodick of Rock Island passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. She was 78. Janet generously bequeathed her body to the University of Iowa. Memorials may be made to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House or the Scott County Humane Society. The family is planning a memorial luncheon. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island is assisting the family. |
Born in Moline on January 22, 1933 to John and Helen Burgess, Janet graduated from Rock Island High School and attended Augustana College and Utah State University. She married Richard Guth, whose career took them to Venezuela; while living there, they became the parents of three children. Against this exotic backdrop, Janet developed a deep love of art, creating many pieces now in private collections across South America, Europe, and the United States.
Janet returned from Venezuela an artist and skilled seamstress, earned membership in the American Society of Interior Designers, and worked many years as General Manager of Grilk Interiors. While volunteering with Playcrafters Theater in Moline and the Village of East Davenport Association, Janet cultivated a passion for historical costuming, which inspired her to found Amazon Drygoods. In 1980, she married fellow history enthusiast Milan Vodick. Over the next three decades she grew her company into a nationally recognized purveyor of historic clothing, accessories and reference material, winning special recognition for period costuming in movies and theatrical productions across the United States and Europe, including the 1997 blockbuster Titanic.
Janet was active in the community, serving on the boards of the Quad Cities Arts Council, the Rock Island Art Guild, Scott Community College Interior Design Program, and several local historic preservation and neighborhood housing groups.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, John and Nancy Guth, Virginia, Marshall and Kathy Guth, Bettendorf, and Linnea Layman Sinclair, Pennsylvania; her grandchildren, Daniel, Marta, Sorcha, Tyler, Laura, Jennifer and Jeremiah; five great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Tony Fraioli of Arizona, and sister, Joan Walker of Davenport. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milan and grandson, Peter.
The family wishes to express deep appreciation to her kind caregivers, Mary and Carol, as well as to those from Lighthouse Home Health Care, Manor Care and the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.
"When you part from your friend, you grieve not, for that which you loved most in her may be clearer in her absence as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain."
-- Frances Ruth Harris
So sorry to hear of Janet's passing. She was a great lady and we will always remember her kindness and her "passion for the past."
-- K Krewer & Armin Weng
We are so sorry to hear of Janet's passing. Janet was so much fun, her smile was outstanding. We loved working with her in the Village of East Davenport. We had a lot of good times togather. Great memories.
-- Kent & Gerri Bowers
Janet you will be sorely missed by the reinacting community. I was priviledged to know you and your husband Milan Vodick for many years. You were always supportive and enthusiastic about life and especially Civil War reenacting. Your knowledge and hard work helped so many both in reenacting and with the major film studios to portray proper period clothing and accoutrimonts. (SP) Thank you for your friendship and support. My grand children and their school in Appleton, Wisconsin, enjoy many educational materials about the civil war that you sold at Amazon Dry Goods. I am so sorry that you were taken so early in life. Your talents and great personality were a beacon to all those who knew you. May god bless you and your family at this time of loss. Love. W. Gene Ditch, former president of the 16th Iowa Veterans Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Camp McClellan, Village of East Davenport, Iowa.
-- W. Gene Ditch - 16th Iowa Veterans Volunteer Infantry
Our condolences to Marshall and Kathy.May peace be with you.
-- Glen and Kelley Fisher
I worked for Janet at Amazon Drygoods, one of the most interesting jobs I ever had. Rest in peace Janet.
-- Jim Kalin