Janice “Jan” Braaten, 91

Janice “Jan”

Jan Braaten, 91, of Hettinger, ND passed away at the Western Horizon’s Care Center in Hettinger on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 with her family at her side.

Service of Remembrance for Jan was Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hettinger Lutheran Church. Rev. Kathleen Dettmann officiated and burial will followed at the Hettinger Cemetery. Visitation was from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 followed by a Family Service at 7:00 p.m all at the Centennial Chapel of Evanson Jensen Funeral Homes in Hettinger.

Janice Beverly Francis Ness was born to Thomas and Francis (Lerum) Ness on Aug. 2, 1926 in Towner, N.D.  Her father was a “newspaper man” so her family lived in many towns in North Dakota before settling in Hettinger.

Janice graduated from Hettinger High School in 1944. Jan met the love of her life, Milo Braaten, when a group of high school girls wrote to local men in the military during WWII.  They were married on her 18th birthday, Aug. 2, 1944, in the Hettinger Lutheran Church.  Seven children were born to the union, Leslie Dean, Sheldon Lee, Myla Jean, Cassandra Lynn, Thomas Eugene, Frances Ruth and Colette Ann.

She worked at a local dress shop, Merwin Packing and the Hill Crest Care Center.  Her greatest job was being a mother to her children.  She attended all their various activities.  She was very involved in church teaching Sunday school and confirmation, circle bible study and HLCW women’s group and church choir.  After she retired, she and Milo were active in Marriage Encounter, Sons of Norway and Good Sam Camping groups.  They traveled all over the U.S. in their RV spending the winter in Texas and Arizona.  They also traveled to Norway and Sweden visiting relatives.

The greatest gift she gave her children was her faith in God.  She enjoyed Night Hawks basketball, L.A. Lakers and NASCAR, especially #48 Jimmy Johnson.  She also was an avid swimmer and walker.  In later years she loved iris flowers, doing jig saw puzzles, adult coloring books, and collecting angels.  She and Milo loved being with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She especially loved hugs.

Grateful for having shared in Jan’s life are her children, Sheldon (Barb) Braaten, Blaine, Minn., Myla Braaten, Hastings, Minn., Sandi (Clark) Talkington, Mandan, Tom (Marla) Braaten, Hettinger, Frances Thomas, Hastings, Minn. and Colette (Charles) Ahmann, Hettinger, daughter-in-law, Linda Weaver Braaten, Hettinger, 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, her sister, Gloria Ness, Temecula, Calif., sister-in-law, Hazel Braaten, Dickinson, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jan was preceded in death by her husband, Milo Braaten, son, Leslie Braaten, her grandson, Christopher “Kris” Braaten, grandson-in-law Greg Knoll, her parents, her brothers, Verde, Warren and Thomas, a sister, Charlotte and two sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law.

The Braaten family would like to thank the people at Western Horizons Assisted Living for the past 13 years, also those who cared for Jan at Five Counties Nursing Home, Western Horizon’s Care Center and West River Regional Medical Center.

In lieu of flowers Memorials can be sent to the Hettinger Lutheran Church, Lutheran Social Services or the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.  Condolences to Jan’s family can be sent through our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.


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