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April 3, 1948 – Sunday, June 17, 2012

Service Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN
Thursday, June 21, 2012
10:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Buffalo, MN
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
4-8 P.M.

Janet Lenore Hance, age 64, of Monticello & formerly of Buffalo passed away on June 17, 2012 at her home on Little Cedar Lake.

Jan was born on April 3, 1948 in Franklin Township, Wright County the daughter of James & Lenore Pillatzki Bauman.

Jan graduated from Delano High School in 1966 and went on to attend St. Cloud State.

On June 8, 1968, Janet L. Bauman & Lawrence T. Hance were joined in Holy Matrimony 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 off and on. She was made principal there in 2006. Jan also partnered with her husband, Larry, 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. Jan was the Co- Founder of The Wright County Tea Party and a former 4-H Leader.

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

Survived by her loving husband: Larry Hance; children: Kole Hance, Amy (Christopher) Koch, Natasha (Zach) Ordorff, Joshua (Kristi) Hance, Erica (Dan) Elsenpeter and Joseph Hance; thirteen grandchildren: Gabe & Eli; Rachel; Hawthorne, Althena, Harrison & Adalee; Mason & Lucas; Henry, George, Harvey & Ralph; siblings: Laura (Don) Shelly, Marie (Arden) Kreft, Ed (Pam) Bauman, Earl (Cherie) Bauman, Jeanne (Keith) Proctor and Tom (Jennie) Bauman; other relatives and many friends.

Preceded in death by her parents: James & Lenore Bauman and siblings: Teresa Bauman, Leona Graupmann and Irene Sprengeler.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jan Hance will be held on Thursday, June 21 at 10:00 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo.
Father David Hennen will be the Celebrant.

Interment will follow at St. Francis Cemetery.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 20 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo from from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
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 in lieu of flowers.

25 Guestbook Entries

  1. Edwin T. & Janice Schmitz

    We are SO very sorry for your loss.

    God Bless each and every one of you.

  2. Marion Olivia O'Neill

    Jan was an amazing woman who I will miss. My prayers go out to Larry and her entire family.

  3. Karen Elsenpeter

    Hance Family;
    So sorry to hear the news of Jan’s passing. I will always remember the great advice she gave, whether it was at work or just running into her at the store. She was a very special lady and a great boss. My heart goes out to all of you and many prayers being sent your way!

    Karen Elsenpeter

  4. Karen Swart

    Jan was an intelligent, compassionate and loving person. Her family was so precious to her. We are so sorry for your loss, she will be missed. Sincerely, Karen and Mark Swart

  5. Kim Eichhorst

    Jan was an amazing, caring and inspiring woman. She will truly be missed, but fondly remembered. My thoughts and prayers go out to Larry and the family.

  6. Jim & Maggie Hartfiel Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We are so very sorry for your loss. Jan was a wonderful person and we have many fond memories. God Bless you all.

  7. Jim & Maggie Hartfiel & Family

    Hance Family; Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Jan was a woderful person. We have many fond memories, we will cherish always. God Bless you all.

  8. Kevin and Darlene Peterson

    We will miss Jan’s friendly smile and encouraging words. Her spirit will live on in our hearts with all our fond memories. Larry,the peace of God be with you and your family.

  9. Carrie & Karl Parchem

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during your time of loss. May peace be with you in your time of need. Thinking of you.

  10. Teri Lachermeier

    My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family during this difficult time. Jan will forever be in our hearts. She truly Loved her family and will be with you in all you do from this day forward! God Bless.

  11. Marritta Gould

    Amy, my heart goes out to you!

  12. Tom and Joan McGregor

    Please accept our deepest sympathy. It has been our privilege to get to know Jan and Larry over the last year and a half. We have so enjoyed Jan’s friendly spirit, her sense of humor, and her willingness to be involved in attempting to make a positive difference in local government. It is clear that she is dearly loved by her husband and her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. May the Lord comfort each of you in your loss.

  13. The Emmer Family

    Our deepest condolences to the entire Hance family. Jan’s hallmark was graciousness and kindness. May the angels lead her into Paradise!

  14. Deb Scherber

    Hance Family,
    Our deepest sympathies to your entire family on the loss of your dear wife, mother, and grandmother. Jan so beautifully lived and shared God’s love with her gracious smile and generous spirit. Praying for the Lord’s comfort and peace for you all at this most difficult time.
    Jason & Deb Scherber and Family

  15. Sen. Carla Nelson

    Dear Amy and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May your faith, family, friends and memories be of comfort to you.

  16. Katie Paripovich

    To the Hance family; may God be with you at this time. As you know, your mother was an amazing woman and although I knew her years ago, my memories of her are strong to this day! You have a blessed family and I was heartbroken to hear the news of her passing. She is now dancing and laughing in the arms of our Lord! We are all praying for you and your Jan will always hold a special place in my heart!

    Love, hugs and prayers,
    Katie Paripovich & family

  17. Rod Graupmann

    So sorry to hear about Janet. We had some good times years ago with her, Larry and their kids. Now she is with her sister Leona in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  18. norita sanderson

    Dear Hance Family, especially Amy, Rachel and Larry; I was so sorry to hear of the death of your mother, grandmother and wife. It was my pleasure to have known Jan for many reasons. She was an outstanding, loving and caring individual. We shared many stories of family, education and business. My thoughts and prayers to all of you. God bless her always.

  19. Susan Laufersweiler

    I am so sorry to hear about Jan’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I know Jan was a wonderful mom. I always enjoyed talking with her.
    Love and prayers,

  20. Stacy Morse

    Jan was an amazing, caring woman who showed incredible strength throughout her illness. I will miss her, and my prayers are with Larry and her family.

  21. Karey Lambert

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all. I always enjoyed visiting with Jan – she will be missed!

  22. Dave and Jeannie Dixon

    Dear Larry, Amy, Kole, Natasha, Josh, Erica, Joe and families;
    Jan was a great role model for her family, with her strength and endurance. God blessed each of you having her in your lives. We are still enjoying our ‘Rhino’ that we purchased from Jan and Larry. Great business people. Amy, thank you for being a great and fun high school friend to our daughters, Kelly and Cami. They always speak of you with admiration and respect, and reminisce often about all the fun times in drama club and Buffalo Days. You have our deepest sympathy in your loss and our prayers in the days to come. The Dixon’s

  23. Ray Swart

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your wife and mother. Jan was such a warm and caring person. We enjoyed knowing her through 4-H activities.
    Ray & Colleen Swart

  24. Ron & Kathy Holtan

    Larry & Family,
    So sorry to learn of Jan’s passing. We remember her and your family from your time in Benson. We had a lot of good times with you, Don & Helen Kloos and our families. Remember one time Klooses brought in their Belgium horses and we went for a sleigh ride thru Benson. We are so sorry for your loss.

  25. Lil georges

    Larry and family; Roger and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to you for the passing of Janet. She was truly a great person. I, Lil, knew her for many years, for we were together for 12 years in school. For eight years I can say she was one of my best friends. She will be truly missed.  My last memory of her is, I ran into her at WalMart shortly after our class reunion last year, we talked for about 20 minutes and had the best visit with her. I will truly miss her.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Roger and Lil Georges


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