Janice “Jan” Barnett

Janice “Jan” Barnett, age 66, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family.

A memorial service will be 2:00 PM on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend Katie Ricke officiating.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday, August 2, 2021 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.

Janice “Jan” Barnett was born September 8, 1954, in Armour, South Dakota, to John and Lillian (Dolejsi) Kortan.  She grew up in Geddes, South Dakota and graduated from Geddes High School in 1972.  She married Guy Barnett on February 8, 1974, in the Bridal Cave in Camdenton, Missouri.  They lived in Lake Ozark, Missouri, where Jan worked as a nurse’s aide for Miller County Nursing Home in Tuscumbia, Missouri and later at Camdenton Nursing Home.  Jan and Guy then moved back to Geddes, South Dakota in 1977 to help her family on the farm.  Jan raised her family in Geddes and later began working at Lake Andes Health Care Center.  She attended Dakota Wesleyan and graduated with an RN degree in 1991.  They then moved to Yankton where Jan worked as a registered nurse for Sacred Heart Hospital until she was diagnosed with cancer and her health forced her to retire in 2016.  After beating cancer, she began working as a traveling nurse for Heart Print Home Care and most recently at St. Joseph Care Center in the Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton.  She was only able to work for a short time until her cancer came back, which she fought hard for the last few years.

Jan was a strong, kind hearted and patient woman who always kept herself busy.  She enjoyed fishing with her family, big group hunts, gambling, gardening and tending to her flowers.  She was an avid reader and loved baking and cooking for her family and organizing family get togethers.  Within her nursing career she met many families and made many friends, most of whom are the nursing staff from Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.  She loved her family above everything else and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Guy Barnett of Yankton, South Dakota; four daughters: Nancy (Steven) Grimme; Sherri (Donavan) Hamilton; Kristine Barnett and Holly Barnett all of Yankton; eight grandchildren: Josh, Preston, Lincoln, Levi, Tamiah, Taryn, Lance and Grant; four great grandchildren: Dallas, Alice, Louis and Jameson; brother, David (Jan) Kortan of Shoreview, Minnesota and her best friend who was like a sister, Cheryl Slowey of Yankton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and father and mother-in-law.



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10 response to "Janice “Jan” Barnett"

  1. By: Don and Vi Heimes Posted: July 29, 2021

    our deepest sympathy Jan was a super lady loved by all!!If we can b of any assistance please let us know we drank alot of pots of coffee over the years,alot of jokes and awesome times!!Jan will b missed !!We love u all !!!

  2. By: Kathi Larson Posted: July 29, 2021

    Barnett Family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Jan was one of a kind! She was a great nurse and I always loved working with her. We always had a great time but we always got our work done! Through Jan I got to know a couple of you girls. Know that your mom will always walk beside you.

  3. By: Mikael Pietila Posted: July 30, 2021

    My sympathies Kristy and Barnett family. ❤️🫂

  4. By: Amy Uhing Posted: July 30, 2021

    Sherri and family.. I am so so sorry to hear of your loss.. Hugs and prayers for you all!

  5. By: Abby Bylander (Washburn) Posted: July 30, 2021

    I grew up across the street from the Barnett’s. Jan treated me like her own daughter. Later, I worked with her at the hospital. She was a fantastic nurse and wonderful to work with. She will be missed by anyone who has had the privilege to know her. My deepest condolences on the loss of your wife, mother, and friend.

  6. By: Phyllis Meier Posted: July 30, 2021

    My sympathies to you Jan was a great nurse I had the pleasure of working with her at Sacred Heart Monastery It was a sad day when she left May God be with you and your families

  7. By: Colleen McCabe Posted: July 31, 2021

    I graduated with Jan from DWU in 1991. I had lots of great visits with her as we went through the RN program together. She was from Geddes and me from Lake Andes at the time. It was a joy to get to know her. She was a very kind person and we shared many laughs too. She will be missed by her family and so many others. Please know that you are all in my prayers. She is surrounded now in Gods glory.

  8. By: Jan Voigt Posted: July 31, 2021

    Jan and I (Jan), were working on different units, but we met on smoke breaks. Also educational programs. She was a good friend, she didn’t put any one down.`Always a positive and friendly person and I truly enjoyed knowing her. My prayers

  9. By: Joyce Diede Posted: August 1, 2021

    Jan, is a very special lady loved her family and was a great nurse .. Hugs and prayers to the family and friends. RIP JAN . God Bless

  10. By: Cameron VanBeek Posted: August 3, 2021

    Jan, will surely be missed. I met her some years ago, on Medical floor of ASHH. She was such a great nurse. She was a fun person to be around and chat with. Cherish the dear memories. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. -Cameron VanBeek

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