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“Jan will be greatly missed but never forgotten. She was a very special person. My thoughts and prayers to her family. May she rest in peace. ”
1 of 30 | Posted by: Mary Frerking - Bismarck, ND

“I am so sorry to hear of Jan's passing. She always had a smile and would take time to find out what was going on in your life. I didn't see her often...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Doug Kitzan - Bismarck, ND

“Suzanna and Melanie, So sorry to hear about your mother. She will always bring a smile to my face. All the years and time I spent at your house...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Donna Vincenzino - Newton,, MA

“Very sad to hear of Jan's passing. Always very sweet and supportive. She will be greatly missed. ”
4 of 30 | Posted by: Julie Howe - Bismarck, ND

“It saddened me to hear of Jan's passing. She and I worked together at KMart (different departments). When shopping WalMart; if our paths crossed, Jan...Read More »
5 of 30 | Posted by: Rosie Krein - Bismarck, ND

“I worked with Jan at Kmart for years, then saw her at Walmart we talked about what has going on, I havn't seen her lately because I am not home now,...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: Carla (Baron) Engelstad - Mandan, ND

“I was so saddened to hear of Jan's passing. I worked with Jan for two years and she was always pleasant. I will miss seeing her smiling face and...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: Susan Mitchell - Bismarck, ND

“Thoughts and prayers to the family. Jan will always be remembered as a very loving person. Someone you could talk to and share anything with her. May...Read More »
8 of 30 | Posted by: Valerie Sundsbak - Bastrop, TX

“In such difficult times we must be brave, I don't think of Aunt Jan as anything else. Love and Prayers to everyone Jan's life touched. ”
9 of 30 | Posted by: Libby and Family - Littleton, CO

“Michael & Family, I was deeply saddened to learn of your loss. Jan was one of the most amazing people I’ve ever known in my life, and I am...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Brian Hausauer - Mesa, AZ

“Susanna and Melanie, Mother and I send our sincere condolences to you and your families. We are both saddened by the loss of your mother. May the...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: Christine Williams - McLean, VA

“We wish to express our condolonces to Jan's family. She was a kind woman who always had a friendly word to say. Dennis was on the ND Rehab Council...Read More »
12 of 30 | Posted by: Dennis/Susan Lyon - Bismarck, ND

“I was a shy, tiny 8th grader at Simle Jr.High-it was my 1st year there. As kids will do, they teased me because they didn't know me--but not Jan....Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: Marcie Schneider-Clements - WA

“I had the pleasure of working with Jan at Walmart for several years, she was a great person ! Rest Forever in Peace Jan ! ”
14 of 30 | Posted by: Pat Jennings - Mandan, ND

“To Jans family I am so sorry for your loss she was a wonderful woman I worked with her in 2003 at walmart and every time I seen her in walmart I...Read More »
15 of 30 | Posted by: Naomi Werner(Doll) - Bismarck, ND

“Jan was a very soft spoken woman who had a heart of gold and cared for everyone she met. I will miss seeing her face at work and coming back to...Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: Kathy Wentz - Bismarck, ND

“Mel and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many good memories of Jan. I'm pretty sure I spent more time at your house than at my own...Read More »
17 of 30 | Posted by: Jennifer Schulz Ballensky - ND

“Sorry to hear about Jan. She was truly a very special lady. She will be missed. God Bless her family. ”
18 of 30 | Posted by: Cindy Ollenburger - Bismarck, ND

“I am so sorry for the loss of my friend, Melanie's Mom. Jan was an amazing mother to Melanie and, in turn, Brentley. I am so glad that Zena got to...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Sarah Basden - Westminster, CO

“I'm thinking of your family. Sending hugs and prayers your way! ”
20 of 30 | Posted by: Cindy - Broomfield, CO

“Thoughts and prayers to Jan's family. Anyone who knew Jan, found her to be a very special person. I am very fortunate to be able to say that I was...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Nancy

“I have known Jan for years now. She was the most humble wonderful person and a joy to know. I had hoped that this last battle would be the cure, but...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: Sharon Finneman - Bismarck, ND

“Of all my pleasant memories of working at Walmart being around Jan at the store was one of the brightest ones. ”
23 of 30 | Posted by: Pat Lewis Bismarck, ND 58503-0555

“Thoughts and prayers to the family. ”
24 of 30 | Posted by: Jamey Voeller - Bismarck, ND

“I was one of the many who was blessed to have worked with Jan at WalMart. She was a terrific lady who cared about others She will be greatly missed. ...Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: Roberta (Bert) Stacey - Bismarck, ND

“Remembring one of the best Aunt's some one could have. She was always very caring and nuturing. She would make time to sit and talk with you and let...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Rebecca Rodacker - Littlton, CO

“I am so sorrowed with the loss of one of my class mates. Jan welcomed and helped me into 4th grade at the Wing School. A very bright and talented...Read More »
27 of 30 | Posted by: Marian Jordan - Mott, ND

“I am so sorry for ur loss. Jan was an amazing person to have gotten to know. She will be missed dearly ”
28 of 30 | Posted by: michelle k - solen, ND

“I am so very sorry for your loss. Jan was a wonderful person who will be missed by many people. ”
29 of 30 | Posted by: Peggy Fisher - Mandan, ND

“I'm so sorry to hear of Jan's passing. My thoughts and prayers go all Jan's family and friends. ”
30 of 30 | Posted by: Jessica McFall Richardson - NE

Janette "Jan" Christina Matheny, 59, took her last breath on November 3, 2012, at home with family present after a fearless battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 7, at 2:00 pm at First Lutheran Church in Bismarck with Rev. Allen Wagner officiating. Jan wished to be cremated with a private graveside service at a later date. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Eastgate Funeral Service and Wednesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Jan was born in Bismarck, ND, on January 22, 1953, to Clifford and Olga (Bossert) Josephson. She lived part of her young life in Wing, ND. She moved to Bismarck where she graduated from Bismarck High School. In 1972 she married Mark Henninger and had two daughters: Susanna in 1974 and Melanie in 1976. On February 22, 2002 she married Michael Matheny who loved her dearly for the remainder of her days. Over her 17 year career with K-Mart and her 22 year career with Wal-Mart, she touched many lives and mentored many people. She always considered her associates as family and was known for being a "mom" to everyone she worked with. She was always willing to help them with anything they needed, and had a huge impact on so many of the people she came to know. Jan was completely selfless and put others before herself every day of her life. She was always willing to listen to anyone who had a need to talk. She was kind, giving, and a little zany. She always accepted everyone the way they were, and taught them to have pride in themselves and their abilities. Family was very important to Jan, and once she considered a person part of her family, they stayed family through the good times and the bad. Jan enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. She was very excited and happy to recently hear there were more babies on the way. Her grandchildren were very important to her, and she loved baking cookies with them and having silly-string fights on Christmas. Jan will be greatly missed by her husband, Michael; her children, Susanna Magstadt (Lisa Warner), and Melanie Lewis (Brentley); her special son, Larry L. Magstadt; her special niece, Megan Fleming (Christopher); her grandchildren, Hannah, Ethan, Seth, Jordyn, and Zena; her siblings, JoyAnn Holsten (Larry Koffer), James Josephson, Julianna Bennet, and Anthony Roll; her step-siblings, Rose Mattern (Tim), and Carl Zenter; her step-children, Ann Marie Stanley (Robert), Richard Matheny (Austie), Christina Matheny, Gregory Tyndell, Michael D. Matheny, and James R Tyndall; her many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and her work family.

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