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Janice “Jan” Solberg 80, died Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at her daughter’s home in St. Michael.  She was born on January 5, 1940 and raised in Milan, MN. Jan is survived by her loving husband Richard Solberg, her children Kimberly (Gary) Johnson and Mark (Cindy) Solberg; her four grandchildren Austin, Faith, Addison Johnson and Nolan Solberg and her sister Charlotte (Char) Engel.  She was preceded in death by her parents Alvin and Viola Thompson.
To know Jan was to love her sweet soul. She was always quick to give the first hug and brought warmth to every room. Her smile was contagious.
She celebrated life, even during the most difficult days during her five year battle with cancer. She was quick to convince everyone it was not her time even when the doctors said otherwise. She knew better and held on to her faith. She knew God would take care of her, one day at a time.
God blessed her with an incredible love story.  She was married for 54 years to her loving husband Dick.  Dick adored her and supported her from the beginning to the end.  Together they had two children and later welcomed Gary and Cindy to the family.  She loved Dick so much and he took such good care of her.  Their love and respect for each other is admirable.
As her family grew, she loved becoming a Grandma and she was the best Grammy ever!  Austin, Faith, Addison and Nolan were her world and they gave her life. She loved every second she had with them, laughing and playing.
Summers were her happy time.  She loved planting flowers and making her home look so beautiful for all to enjoy.  But mostly, she enjoyed spending time at the Lake with family. She loved to go fishing and has a trophy walleye to prove it!  So many years of beautiful times and special memories.  She treasured those trips and so did we.
Holidays and birthdays were so important to Jan.  She never missed a one.  She sent cards to those she was not able to see.  Christmas was her favorite holiday.  She loved watching the kids open gifts and we all enjoyed the traditional prime rib dinner.  She made the holidays magical for all of us, especially her grandkids.
Jan found love, and did all she could to spread that love to her husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends.  Her warm smile, comforting hugs and wise advice will never be forgotten. As we grieve, we will celebrate her life and all the unconditional love she gave us.  We love you…until we meet again.  God loves you and so do we!
Private service will be held with immediate family on November 21, 2020.  Memorials preferred to the Fairview Hospice in Princeton, MN.  Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home

11 Guestbook Entries

  1. Don & Deb Reynolds

    we lived next door to Jan and Dick for around 20 years and you couldn’t ask for better neighbors. she was a kind and loving person who will be missed by all who knew her.

  2. Jane DeLashmutt

    I remember so well the first time I met Jan. She greeted me with a hug and welcomed me into her lovely home. She and Rich made me feel so very comfortable and I cherished her friendship. She was a very, very special lady and I am so grateful to have known her.

  3. Jody Roe

    Hugs and prayers to the entire family!

  4. Heidi Marshall

    To the Solberg family, thinking of each of you during this difficult time. Jan was such a wonderful person. She made the best peanut butter sandwiches for us neighborhood kids! She is missed. I am sure all the neighbors in heaven were there to greet and they are catching up. Remember all the good times.

  5. Pat Baumgartner

    It was one of my greatest pleasures to live in the neighborhood and have the honor of calling her my friend. She will always be remembered as the most loving and caring person one could know. May all the beautiful memories of Jan comfort your entire family. Prayers for all.

  6. Patricia Dissmeyer

    Our phone calls to each other, over the years and last months,to chat for awhile about our families were so special. Jan always ended the conversation with a big I Love You. She had such concern and compassion for others. A little bit of my Dear friend will always love in me. Until we meet again. Pat Dissmeyer

  7. vicki armstrong

    Jan was my dear neighbor for over 20 years. She was the sweetest person and a loving mother and wife. My sympathy on the loss to the family.

    warmest regards Vicki Armstrong

  8. Darlene and Rick Lund

    Jan and Dick were our neighbors for the thirty-eight years we lived in Brooklyn Park. When Kim and Mark were young Darlene did daycare for them until Kim was old enough to take over. We watched as they grew older to have families and visiting from time to time often gathering on the back porch overlooking the ever spotless backyard that we long admired with Jan’s little flower and tomato garden in our corner of their yard.
    We have always felt we were so lucky to count them as our neighbors.
    The bad news came to Jan long before we moved but we are happy to see she was able have more time with her family. May she rest in peace.

  9. Vicki Armstrong

    Jan was such a special person and wonderful neighbor. I had many fun times with her. sending my sympathy to the whole Solberg family. Warmest Regards, Vicki

  10. Corky & Bev Lauritsen

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family during this sad time. Rich and all the family – hugs to each and every one of you! We know you’re all hurting terribly right now. Hopefully, you’ll feel the love and prayers being said for you by all of your family and friends! Anyone who ever met Jan considered her a friend, because she was that kind of person. Jan never seemed to let anything get her down! We will always remember Jan with a smile! Her hugs were the best, and her smile was always radiant! She was a terrific hostess – always welcoming anyone into their beautiful home. We were so fortunate to have a last great visit with her and Rich just a few short weeks ago. We had hoped to visit again soon, but that visit will have to wait until we meet again in Paradise.

  11. Nick & Laurie Solberg

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our extended family in MN. Uncle Rich, Kim and Mark I have wanted to visit and see all of you and your families, and know we will!!!
    Jan always included us in her Christmas wishes and cards and I will miss that small part of her connection to us in WA. We are so sorry for your loss, and can only hope you find comfort in knowing she is at rest and her love and gifts to all of you will live on forever!!


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