Janice Helfritz, 1947-2017

Published 12:06 am Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Janice Lynn (Greiner) Helfritz, 70, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at Parkview Care Center in Wells. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells. The Rev. Mary Iverson will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wells and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Albert Lea.

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, visit www.brussheitner.com.

Janice Helfritz

Janice was born on Nov. 11, 1947, in Springfield, the daughter of George and Ellen (Wenzel) Greiner. She was united in marriage to William M. Helfritz, her devoted husband of 50 years, on June 18, 1967, at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea.

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Janice was a graduate of Albert Lea High School and Waldorf College. She worked as a medical secretary/transcriptionist for nearly 40 years at Naeve and Watertown hospitals, Lakeview Clinic and Freeborn County Public Health. She also set type at Carver County News.

Jan always put other people first and was generous with her time and talents. She loved to sew and make things for others, and even during her 23-year battle with ovarian cancer spent her time knitting and crocheting baby blankets, scarves and sweaters. She loved to bake and read.

She and Bill enjoyed their lake home, and most of all —  enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren. She was active in the Red Hat Society, quilting, helping at the food shelf and walking in the Freeborn County Relay for Life.

Everyone who knew Jan was touched by her quiet gentleness and humility. She endured cancer with grace and patience, always acting as a living beacon of God’s love to those around her.

Janice was a woman of deep faith. Her love for God was evident as she used her beautiful voice singing in choirs and as a soloist. She also taught Sunday School for 11 years at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown. She was passionate about world missions and requested that memorials be donated to International Health Partners Tanzania.

Her family would like to extend a special thank you to her wonderful caregivers at Mayo Clinic and Parkview Care Center.

Jan was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Shannon Reuss; and brother, Michael Greiner.

She is survived by her husband, Bill, of Wells; children William (Tara) Helfritz II of Rosemount and Laura (Rondedrick) Sinville of Otsego; and son-in-law, Peter Reuss of Rochester; grandchildren Benjamin Reuss, Ethan, Hannah and Isaac Helfritz and Esciliana and Sebastian Sinville; sister, Judi (Wes) Nelson; brothers Jon (Jodi) Greiner and Mark (Nancy) Greiner; sister-in-law, Marlene Stein-Greiner; and numerous nieces and nephews.