Janice Mueller

Janice Mueller, age 75, of Fordyce, Nebraska, died unexpectedly at her home on Friday, February 12, 2021.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Menominee, Nebraska with Reverend Jim Keiter officiating.  The public is invited to attend the Mass or to view the live stream please visit www.facebook.com/WintzRay.  Following the Mass, cremation will take place and burial will be on Friday at St. Boniface Cemetery in Menominee.  Visitation is from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Menominee with a vigil service and rosary at 5:30 PM.    Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington, Nebraska.

Pallbearers are her grandsons: Ethan Morten, Noah Mueller, Isaiah Mueller, Evan Mueller, Houston Mueller, and Tate Mueller.  Honorary pallbearers are her granddaughters: Ashley Morten, Hannah Mueller, Tasha Mueller, Nicole Mueller, Meredith Mueller, Abbe Morten, and Alivia Morten.

Janice Mueller was born March 11, 1945, in Crofton, Nebraska, to Albert and Pauline (Keiser) Kohles.  She grew up on a farm near Crofton and graduated from Crofton High School in 1963.   She moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1967 and began working in the OR as a Surgical Tech at St. Elizabeth Hospital.  She married Allan Mueller on June 28, 1969 and lived in Lincoln, while Allan finished college.  They moved to Yankton in 1970 and shortly after, in 1971, moved to the farm where they’ve resided ever since.  Janice worked at Bogner’s Steakhouse in Crofton for 10 years until around 1985, when she began working for Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton as a Surgical Tech.  She continued working at the hospital until she retired in 2013.

Janice had a strong Catholic faith and was a devoted member at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Menominee, Nebraska participating on many committees over the years including the Ladies Guild and was also a member of the Catholic Daughters.  Janice was an avid reader and would read just about anything.  She enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, going for strolls and visiting with her friends.  She mostly enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in their activities and was known for expressing her feelings with lots of emojis.  She had an unconditional love for her family and was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren.  She loved her husband, most of all, and loved their time together traveling and going out to eat.  She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Allan Mueller of Fordyce, Nebraska; four children: Carin (Mike Goble) Mueller of Omaha, Nebraska; Greg (Carla) Mueller of Yankton, South Dakota; Eric (Staci) Mueller of Omaha; and Steph (Josh) Morten of Hartington, Nebraska; 13 grandchildren; five brothers and sisters: Darold (Reba Schafer) Kohles of  Lincoln, Nebraska; Mary Ann (Jim) Wortmann of Crofton, Nebraska; Bob (Sue) Kohles of Palmyra, Nebraska; Rosemary Langdon of Spokane, Washington; and David (Patrice) Kohles of Bellingham, Washington; three sisters-in-law: Loretta Kohles of Yankton; Jackie Kohles of Lincoln and Lynette Kohles of Lincoln; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers: Jim, Dick and Roger Kohles.

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10 response to "Janice Mueller"

  1. By: Cindy M Wieseler Posted: February 13, 2021

    Allan,
    Please know we are praying for Janice, and feeling your loss deeply. Love, C&G

  2. By: Dorothy Schmidt Posted: February 14, 2021

    Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to you Allan and all your family as you struggle with this tremendous loss. Janice was a beautiful soul from our class of 63. She will be deeply missed with her beautiful smile and love of life. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in the hands of God forever.

  3. By: Kris Jarchow Posted: February 15, 2021

    We are sending you our prayers and wishing we could be with you all. Janice was so sweet and full of love for everyone around her. I came across this poem that I thought felt like her. Love and hugs

    I Am Free
    Author Unknown

    Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
    I’m following paths God made for me
    I took his hand, I heard him call
    Then turned, and bid farewell to all

    I could not stay another day
    To laugh, to love, to sing, to play
    Tasks left undone must stay that way
    I found my peace … at close of play

    And if my parting left a void
    Then fill it with remembered joy
    A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
    Ah yes, these things I too will miss.

    Be not burdened… deep with sorrow
    I wish you sunshine of tomorrow
    My life’s been full I’ve savored much
    Good friends, good times
    A loved one’s touch

    Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
    Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
    Lift up your hearts and peace to thee
    God wanted me now
    He set me free.

  4. By: Dave Englund Posted: February 15, 2021

    Eric, Staci and family, Please accept our condolences on the loss of your mother. All of us here at Farmers National Company are sending our thoughts and prayers to you in this difficult time.

  5. By: Heather Brown Posted: February 15, 2021

    Steph, Ashley and family;
    Sending prayers of comfort during this difficult time. Thinking of you both.
    Love from Gateway Nebraska

  6. By: Julie List Posted: February 16, 2021

    I worked with Janice in the OR at Sacred Heart. She was a skilled tech, always willing to teach or help out in anyway that she could. I have wonderful memories of working with her. Lifting you up in prayer.

  7. By: Laurel Eihusen Posted: February 16, 2021

    It is with much sadness that the bitter cold , ice and snow is preventing me from traveling to be with Allan in this time of great loss. I have known Allan my good friend and adopted brother for over fifty years. We met in college at a time when the world was in turmoil . Vietnam was in full gear messing with our dreams and plans. Allan was dating Janice and as we shared our small apartment she was all he could talk about. When he talked about her he had a twinkle in his eye and heart always filled with happiness. And it has been that way as long as I have known him. There are many many found memories of Allan and Janice. She was a good person with a strong Christian faith. I will miss Janice . I pray the Lord will help heal the great pain I know Allan has.

  8. By: Deb MuellerHruza Posted: February 16, 2021

    There is nothing that one can say to make this loss easy or better, but when I think of Janice it is of her smile, her spunk and her humor and the way she was with my brother. We are all thankful that she is/was a part of our lives and our family. She will be missed and always loved.

  9. By: Dr. Jeffrey Liudahl Posted: February 16, 2021

    It is with great sadness that I acknowledge Jan’s passing. She was excellent in the O.R., the consummate professional, and a wonderful person. Please accept my heartfelt condolensces.

  10. By: Jill Sternquist Posted: February 17, 2021

    I worked with Jan at Sacred Heart. She was always making me laugh in the OR and I was always glad when I got to work with her. I missed her when she retired but saw her out and about and she was always grinning. Sorry for your loss of an amazing lady.

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