Janice “Jan” Gill

Janice “Jan” Gill, age 81, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on December 17, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Thi Pham officiating.  The service will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/Wintz Ray.  Inurnment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, on December 16 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary and vigil service at 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers are: Ben Papstein, Dani Gill, Grant Gill and Dale Schiffern.

Jan was born July 13, 1940 in Yankton, South Dakota to Sanford and Delpha (Fejfar) Learing.  She grew up on a farm near Lesterville and attended school.  On November 30, 1963, Jan married Daniel Gill Sr.  They made their home in Yankton and Jan proudly raised her family.  She also worked briefly at Gurney’s Seed and Nursery and ran a home daycare for a few years.  Jan was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and developed a strong faith throughout her life.  She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Yankton.  Jan loved traveling and going for a drive.  She loved reading, country music, and playing cards, especially pinochle.  Jan always looked forward to the holidays and family gatherings.  She loved her children and was most proud of her grandchildren.

Jan is survived by four children:  Joe (Laura) Gill of Yankton, Lisa (Tom) Papstein of Yankton, Dan Gill II of Yankton, and Susie Gill of Brandon, SD; 11 grandchildren: Matt (Hilary) Getty, Kelli (Mike) McCrudden, Dani Gill, Fauna, Ben, and Aurora Papstein, Olivia Hudson, Grant and Jasmine Gill, Zack (Rhealyn) Haas, and Dale Schiffern; seven great grandchildren; two brothers, LeRoy (Ann) Learing of Sioux City, IA and Gary (Pyong) Learing of Dallas, TX; sister, Susie (Ken) Harts of Liberty, MO; and many nieces and nephews.

Jan was preceded in death by her parents, Sanford and Delpha Learing; husband, Dan Gill Sr. on October 11, 2016; twin sister, Janet Learing; sister, Lois (John) McIntyre; brother, Tom Learing; and an infant brother, Joey Learing.



The funeral will be live streamed on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WintzRay starting about 5 minutes prior to the service.



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13 response to "Janice “Jan” Gill"

  1. By: Skyler Schurman Posted: November 30, 2021

    Glad to have known Jan, she was such a nice lady. Will be thinking of the entire family.

  2. By: Fauna Papstein Posted: November 30, 2021

    Thanks Skyler! I am so happy she got to be part of your life. ❤️

  3. By: Kathryn and Larry osborn Posted: November 30, 2021

    Our sympathy and prayers to all of you. God Bless you all.

  4. By: Kathern McIntosh Posted: December 1, 2021

    I’m so sad to hear about Janet’s death. I was aware that she had been ill for a while. May God Bless and Keep Her. I’m sorry I won’t be able to come to the funeral but my prayers and love go with her.

  5. By: Pat Mc Farland-Wheeler Posted: December 1, 2021

    So sorry for your loss

  6. By: Denise Telthoester Posted: December 1, 2021

    I am so sorry Gill family for the loss of your sweet sweet Mama and my “birthday” mate! Jan was such a great friend to my Mom — they had one of those extremely close friendships that you don’t see much of anymore. It was so great to grow up with the Learing / Gill family as they knew what was truly important in life (memories NOT possessions)!! I’m sure there was quite the celebration in heaven when Jan RAN through those gates healed !!

  7. By: Stephanie McIntyre Posted: December 1, 2021

    Aunt Janice was a gem! As a child and young adult my fondest memories are of getting together for reunions, weddings and fishing vacations. Watching her and Grandma, Leroy, Susie, and Tom telling stories and laughing about all the crazy, silly things they did as children were THE BEST!! My favorite was of them taking the “holy” boat down the river! Laughter and good times make for a great life and she gave a little bit of that to everyone! I’m so glad I got to see and visit her at Tom’s celebration. Love to you all!

  8. By: Linda Stucky Posted: December 2, 2021

    Mrs. Gill was a wonderful lady!❤️❤️
    I can still hear her wonderful laugh as we’d hang out at her home for slumber parties. This will be so hard, but her love for you all lives forever. May peace be with you all as you have my deepest sympathies.

  9. By: Bill and Laura Fejfar Posted: December 6, 2021

    Our sympathies for the family of Jan.

  10. By: John and Jean Vavra Posted: December 12, 2021

    Ken and Susie – I just realized from the obituary in paper, that Janice is your sister.
    Our sympathy to you and all the family.
    John and Jean

  11. By: Joy Mercer, Benjamin Mercer and Michael Hitzemann Posted: December 14, 2021

    So sorry for your loss, Janice was always so kind to us and she always had a smile on her face and a giggle in her heart. We will not be able to go to the rosary service or funeral as I have just gotten out of the hospital and my mobility is not great. We will keep you and the family in our prayers. She was one great awesome cousin.🙏🙏🙏🙏

  12. By: donett parish Posted: December 24, 2021

    My deepest sympathy to the family. Jan was a wonderful gal.

  13. By: Greg Nedved Posted: December 24, 2021

    I remember your mother so well growing up. There are a lot of good memories here. My condolences to your family. Merry Christmas.

    Greg Nedved

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