A Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at the Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service Chapel in Chisholm. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday. Interment will follow in Chisholm Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Fisher House- VA Medical Center, One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417, ph (612) 467-5602
Lorraine Anne Jance, age 65, of Balkan, proved to all friends and family her ability to determine her own fate in her struggle with ALS on October 12, 2012 at 1300 hours at Fairview University Medical Center – Mesabi in Hibbing. She was born June 26, 1947 to Robert and Ruth Streckwald in Freeport, IL. Lorraine brought to the world many gifts and has also left “her mark” that will continue to have a positive effect on many lives for years to come.
In January 1964 Lorraine married her first husband Julian W. Brzoznowski, of Orr, MN and from that union three children were born. In 1975 Lorraine enlisted in the US Navy and excelled as an Ocean Systems Technician and was Honorably Discharged an E-4 in 1979. In 1980 -1987 the US Air Force utilized her talents to monitor and analyze data in the Nashwauk office.
In 1981 Lorraine married her life partner Joseph Jance, and through this union four children brought much joy to this now blended family. In the years following, public service became a very important part of Lorraine’s life. She worked as a nursing assistant at Mesabi Medical Center in Hibbing and concurrently continued her education with the successful completion of an Associate Science Degree, Bachelors of Science Degree in Emergency Management and Public Safety Communications. Her life dream of helping the community was reached through the employment by the St. Louis County Communications Department. She not only was a first line dispatcher but a center supervisor that the community and law enforcement personnel could count on. Lorraine although small in stature was a bundle of energy and thrived on assisting those in need. Always one to step up and tackle a challenge, whether it was a lost child or an officer, she would always go above and beyond to creatively assist. Her 911 family of co-workers and officers knew that they could count on Lorraine to insure that safety is priority. Countless stories have been told that when a call came in and the task was near impossible Lorraine could be counted on to come through with the required information.
Lorraine also had a passion for four legged critters. She and her husband Joe raised miniature horses and at one time had a herd of sixty at the Jance Homestead. In the 1990’s her flare for organizing and passion for her beloved animals lead to the development of “miniature horse shows” at multiple county fairs. She was active on the County Fair Board and was recognized as the County Fair Person of the Year for 2011. Lorraine was extremely honored with this unexpected recognition.
The last few years brought additional challenges to Lorraine and Joe’s life with the diagnosis of ALS. But this devastating illness was one that she faced bravely with Joe at her side. During her care she would educate her medical providers on how the disease affected her so that they could use what she shared to help others. Lorraine had a very serious side but it was her humor that put others at ease. When she lost her voice she saw this as a career opportunity as a “silent auctioneer”. Attending and photographing her grandson’s sports games was important to her, the loss of her voice caused her to find a unique way to cheer him on with the use of a “cow bell” …and the “stop crying for me”…. with a gentle smile to friends and family. ALS did not control her life. Lorraine, “the pint size” stick of dynamite, controlled her life right up until the end. Her journey was supported by her love of her life, her husband Joe. The love and dedication that they had for each other was evident every minute of every day. “The promise, keep me comfortable” she says “it’s time”, she wrote: “tell everyone I love them” and her last “words” … “I love you Joe”…. and took her last breath. Lorraine’s gifts to all of us were her passion and love of life and her family legacy which will live on forever.
Her survivors include her devoted husband - Joseph Jance; daughter - Mary Ruth (Bob) Servis and their children - Adam, Allan, Ryan and April and grand daughter Elizabeth May; daughter - Anne Marie (Jim) Sather and their children - Christina (Scott) and T. J. Sather; son - Julien (Sherry) Brzoznowski; son - Marty (Patti) Jance and their children- Josh and Shelby, Jessie (John) Stuntebeck and grandchildren Katelyn and Kaeden; son - Scott (Barb) Jance; daughter - Wendy Jance and her daughter - Sam Sever; daughter - Debbie (Wes) Williams and their daughter - MaryLin Hannan; mother- Ruth Ingram; and many dear and loving relatives. Lorraine’s extended family includes 911, law enforcement, the Fair Board as well as the medical, nursing and others who accompanied her on this journey.