Janet Lenore Hance, 64, Monticello

Janet Lenore Hance, 64, Monticello, formerly of Buffalo, died Sunday, June 17, 2012, at her home on Little Cedar Lake.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, June 21, 10 a.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo. Father David Hennen will be the Celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Francis Cemetery. A visitation was held Wednesday, June 20, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, from 4-8 p.m.

Jan was born April 3, 1948 in Franklin Township, Wright County, the daughter of James and Lenore Pillatzki Bauman. She graduated from Delano High School in 1966 and went on to attend St. Cloud State.

Jan married Lawrence T. Hance June 8, 1968, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Delano. God blessed their marriage with six children.

Jan began teaching preschool at St. Francis Xavier School and taught there for many years. She was made principal there in 2006. She also partnered with her husband in dairy farming and later in the family business, Hance Utilities, from 1983-2011.

Jan was a faithful member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo. She was very active at church and at St. Francis Catholic School. She was the co-founder of The Wright County Tea Party and a former 4-H leader.

Her hobbies were baking, entertaining and politics. Her passion was for her grandchildren and for teaching and she loved traveling the world with Larry.

Jan is survived by her loving husband; children, Kole Hance, Amy (Christopher) Koch, Natasha (Zach) Ordorff, Joshua (Kristi) Hance, Erica (Dan) Elsenpeter and Joseph Hance; 13 grandchildren; siblings, Laura (Don) Shelly, Marie (Arden) Kreft, Ed (Pam) Bauman, Earl (Cherie) Bauman, Jeanne (Keith) Proctor and Tom (Jennie) Bauman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Teresa Bauman, Leona Graupmann and Irene Sprengeler.

Casket Bearers will be Gabe Hance, Hawthorne Bjorback, Althena Bjorback, Eli Hance, Harrison Bjorback, and Mason Hance.

Jan’s family plans to establish The Jan Hance Memorial Education Fund of St. Francis Xavier School. Donations to this fund would be welcomed.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made towww.thepetersonchapel.com

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