ALEXANDRIA, La. (Kramer Funeral Home) - The Rite of Burial of the Dead with Holy Eucharist will be celebrated for Janice “Janie” Carstens Luck at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at St. James Episcopal Church with The Rev. Deborah Heathcock officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Memorial Park under the direction of John Kramer & Son Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until time of service on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at St. James Episcopal Church.
Janie Carstens Luck, 81, of Alexandria, passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, in her residence.
Janie is preceded in death by her husband, Major Glenn M. Luck, USAF (Ret); and parents, Carl S. Carstens and Janice Owen Carstens.
Born February 5, 1936, she was a 1954 graduate of Bolton High School where she was voted best personality by her classmates and she carried on this title all through her beautiful life. In 1958, she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from LSU and taught 2nd graders in Lake Charles. Janie met her husband, Glenn M. Luck, while he was stationed at England Air Force Base. She became a fighter pilot’s wife and traveled all over the world. In 1975, when her husband retired as a Major in the Air Force, her family decided to move back to Alexandria. Joining her family business, Schnacks’s Fine Jewelry, she retired in 2015. Janie was a gifted golfer, jewelry designer, guitar player, cook, hostess and philanthropist. She was an avid LSU Tiger Fan and never missed the chance to watch her great nephew, Andrew Luck, play for the Indianapolis Colts. Janie was definitely a socialite on her own terms. She had a remarkable talent of making everyone she met feel welcome by her keen sense of humor and kindness. Her proudest achievement are her children and grandchildren. Those who knew Janice Carstens Luck are better people for knowing this strong, loving, proud, smart, and humorous individual.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Abbie Klaue Luck Dubois and husband, Steve; son, David Carstens Luck; granddaughter, Rowan Luck McConville; grandson, Carstens Luck McConville; brother, Carl Rand Carstens and wife, Sally Pitts Carstens, Ken Carstens and fiancé, Becky Elliott; nieces Susan Carstens Menache and husband, Dr. Lawrence Menache; Mary Louise Hopson and husband, David, and Sarah Frances “CeCe” Carstens; nephews, Randy Carstens and wife, Marilyn, Bill Carstens and wife, Beth, and Pitts Carstens; along with 8 great-nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Carstens Luck McConville, Pitts Carstens, Dr. Lawrence Menache, James Hopewell, Simon Tudor, and Derek Robicheaux.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Cenla Alliance for Animals, P.O. Box 8641, Alexandria, LA., 71306 (www.cenlaanimals.com) in honor of Janie, an avid supporter of all animals, big or small.