Janyce Adelia Baustian, 74, Hardwick, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A funeral service was Saturday, Sept. 23, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery near Luverne.
Janyce Braa was born on March 13, 1943, to Arthur and Esther (Peterson) Braa in Luverne. She was baptized on April 8, 1943, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Edgerton and confirmed on June 9, 1957, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick. She was raised on a farm north of Hardwick and graduated from Luverne High School in 1961. She went to school to become an LPN.
On Jan, 27, 1963, she married Howard Baustian at Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick. The couple lived in Rapid City, South Dakota, for several years, then Garretson, South Dakota, and returned to Hardwick in 1970. Along with raising their two sons, Jan worked various part-time jobs. She continued to further her education and in 1992 received her associate’s degree in nursing. She became an RN at the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After a number of years she made the move to work as an RN at The Oaks and Poplar Creek retirement community in Luverne. She recently retired but remained active playing cards, caring for her neighbors, drinking coffee, watching birds and tending to her yard.
Jan was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick. She served on the Hardwick City Council and was twice appointed mayor of the town. She was a member of the Hardwick Mothers Club and Legion Auxiliary. She belonged to several card clubs and enjoyed shopping and socializing. She loved her family and attending her grandson’s basketball games.
Jan is survived by her children, Anthony (Weldine Johnson) Baustian, Rapid City, South Dakota, and Donald Baustian, Luverne; five grandchildren, Lyndon, Nehemiah, Makijah and Uriaha Baustian and Collin Johnson; siblings Emery Braa, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Arthur (Elaine) Braa, Rapid City, and Lewy (Laural) Braa, Sioux Falls; and her sisters-in law, Carol Braa, Garretson, and Marian Braa, Luverne.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her granddaughter, Lindsay Baustian; her parents; brothers Donald, Kermit and Charles Braa; and a sister, Reva Braa.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.