Janice Johnson, 56, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Published 1:45 pm Saturday, September 4, 2010

Janice Elaine Johnson, 56, joined Jesus, Sept. 3, 2010, surrounded by her husband, children, family and friends after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Janice was born Nov. 27, 1953, to Fay and Helen (Harig) Emstad in Albert Lea. She grew up and attended school there.

On Feb. 14, 1987, she was united in marriage to Steve Johnson and the couple settled in Sioux Falls, S.D. Janice worked for many years in the wholesale floral business lastly with JW Perry.

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Jan attended New Day Church. She enjoyed working with her hands and time spent on her patio admiring her flowers and dogs. Her greatest joy came from her loving husband, children, grandchildren and family and friends.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Steve, her children, Heather (Chris) Thofson, Northwood, Iowa, Rod (LeAnn) Anderson, Ryan Johnson and his special friend Jess Egan, all of Sioux Falls, S.D., Jennifer Gamble, Omaha, Neb., Alex Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D., grandchildren, Torin, Jordan, Ella, Gabriel, Kali, Jacob and Sophia, a brother, Omer (Linda) Emstad, sister Linda (Philip) Anderson and a host of other relatives and friends.

Her parents and an infant brother preceded her in death.

The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, at Miller Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, S.D. Funeral services begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home.