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February 19, 1935 – March 8, 2021
Janice Carol Van Lith Ruhr, age 86, of rural Buffalo passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
She was born on February 19,1935, the daughter of Charles and Annie (Schultz) Maas.
Janice was employed at Christ the King Retreat Center (King’s House) and for many years in retail sales at Johnson’s Department Store in Buffalo. Her love of clothing, shoes, and nail polish made this position well-suited for her. She was pure class, and she enjoyed her co-workers and customers very much.
She enjoyed gardening, traveling, shopping and dancing, but more than anything else she loved spending time with her family. Christmas celebrations were one of her favorites as homemade fruitcake, fudge, popcorn balls, slush and Christmas Eve pajama parties were the highlights of each year.
Janice is survived by her loving children: Cindy (Brian Elliott) Van Lith, Curt (Jill) Van Lith, Scott “Scoot” (Tracey) Van Lith all of Buffalo and Lori (Larry) Thingvold of Delano; her fourteen grandchildren: Launi (Brian) Arndt, Tia (Sam) Skay, Lacey (Otis) Westbrook, Tiffany (Mike) Lund, Tia Elliott, Eric Elliott, Cody (Somer) Van Lith, Tanner Van Lith, Saylor Van Lith, Gunnar Van Lith, Cannon Van Lith, Jenna (Jake) Eickhoff, Bethany Van Lith, Dawson Van Lith, Shelby Thingvold and Andy Thingvold; and twelve great grandchildren: Daric, Toby, Zoey, Avi, Aidan, Levi, Ella, Letti, Carter, Wyatt, Sophie and Mason.
She is also survived by a sister: Donna Leick; sisters-in-law: Mickey and Liz Van Lith; brother-in-law: Harry Poliwoda and many other relatives and friends.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents, seven siblings, husband Frederick (Fritz) Van Lith, a grandson Caleb Van Lith, great granddaughters Abby Van Lith and Lilly Eickhoff, along with many other relatives and friends.
A future Memorial Service for Janice Van Lith Ruhr will be held. Inurnment will be held at The Calvary Cemetery in Delano.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com