Jan was born Nov. 11, 1944 in Morris, Minn. to Raymond and Mary (DeRung) Nelson. She was raised on farms in the Herman/Parkers Prairie area and graduated from Parkers Prairie High School. She moved to Minneapolis and attended Glamour Beauty School. After moving to Stacy, she opened a business named the Looking Good Salon. Jan enjoyed working and many of her clients became dear friends.
Jan was known for her cooking and baking. She especially enjoyed baking Christmas cookies with her grandchildren. Jan was always able to whip up something, even when the cupboards and refrigerator were almost empty. She made the best of what she had and taught her children to do the same. Jan also had gift for handcrafting stained glass and gave many of her creations to her family and friends. Jan was compassionate and straight forward, a loving mother and a friend to all who knew her.
Jan was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Donna Sander, and her best friend Betty Friedrichsen.
Jan is survived by her daughter Christine (Terry) Swanson, her son Evan (Kim) Tepley, special family members Stephanie and Kyle Friedrichsen, her brother, Robert (Janet) Nelson, her sister Sharon (Neil) Ehlers, and six grandchildren, Kayla, Sydney, Beau, Riley, Bradey and Jacob, five nieces, and one nephew.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 17, 2012 at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel with Rev. Gary Guptill officiating. Susan Germek will serve as organist. A time to visit will be held hour prior to the service on Monday. Interment will be in Elmo Lutheran Cemetery.