Leona "Jan" Young


June 27, 1921 - April 3, 2013


Leona “Jan” Young was born on June 27, 1921, in Tripp, SD, to John and Clara (Heirigs) Janish.  She grew up and attended schools in Kimball and graduated from Kimball High School.  On July 21, 1943 Jan married Leonard (Bill) Young in San Diego, CA.  She was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy having graduated as a R.N. from St. Joseph Nursing School in Mitchell in 1942.  Jan worked as an R.N. from 1962-1983 at Brady Memorial Nursing Home in Mitchell.

For Jan, family was number one. She enjoyed feeding the birds, gardening, walking, sewing, doing her puzzles, baking, basketball, the Minnesota Twins, dancing the polka and traveling the world.  Our mother will be remembered for her generosity, open mindedness, creativity, humor, adventurous spirit, and heart of gold.

Jan is dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her seven children: Mary Kay (Norm) McNary of Hot Springs, AR; Pat (Kathy) Young of Rochester, MN; Elizabeth (Spence) Zielenski of Sioux Falls, SD; Susan (Tim) Young of New Delhi, India; Michael (Glenda) Young of Santa Maria, CA; Laurie (George) Ellis-Young of KAUST, Saudi Arabia; and Tom (Kim) Young of Mitchell, SD; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, Ray (Doris) Janish of Kimball, SD; two sisters, Margaret Rueland and Clara Wallace McGregor of Kimball, SD. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bill in 2005; her parents, two brothers:  Albert Janish and Louis Janish and two sisters:  Maxine White and Loretta Fuegen.

We are very grateful for the kind care given our mother by Dr. Paul Rasmussen, the staff at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, Firesteel Healthcare Center, and her beautiful care givers: Michele, Pat, Cheryl, Linda, Sandy and Nancy.




Sunday, April 7, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Rosary Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, April 8, 2013
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1412 West Cedar Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Nancy Hammond on April 8, 2013
Laurie and Family, You are very much in my prayers. Nancy
Posted by Dawn Hanson on April 8, 2013
Tom, Kim, & Family:
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days ahead. I always loved Jan - she was a special lady!!!
Posted by Elizabeth Buice on April 8, 2013
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Aunt Jan was an amazing woman and will be deeply missed.
Love Always,
The Buice Family in Santa Maria
Posted by Lynn and Jerry Metcalf on April 8, 2013
Susan, Tom, Betty and entire Young family-So sorry about the losss of your Mom. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Cathy Sand Allbaugh on April 6, 2013
So sorry about your mother..she will be deeply missed by all of you....
Posted by Linda Hanson on April 6, 2013
Dear Cousins,
My deepest sympathy to all of you. Your mother was such a beautiful person, inside and out. May your families find comfort in one another.

Love to all of you,
Posted by Thérèse and Jim Jacobs-Stewart on April 6, 2013
Laurie, Susan and family,
You are in our thoughts as you say goodbye to your dear Mother. May you all be held in tender love.
Jim and Thérèse
Posted by Joe Young on April 6, 2013
Dear cousins,

Thinking of you at this time of your Mother's passage.
Surely she lives on in all of you and her grandchildren, and that is a great comfort to have had such a wonderful Mother.

Love to you all,
Posted by Wayne & Judy Mueller on April 6, 2013
Tom & Kim... Betts & Spencer... & family... No matter how prepared we may think we are to face days like these, it is still a separation step that is difficult for the heart! Know that you are in our thoughts & prayers for God's peace & comfort during these days.... & days to come!
Posted by Steve & Stephanie White and family on April 6, 2013
To my cousins and families: You have our deepest sympathies. My mother could not have had a more tender-hearted sister who was always there for her. There was rarely a conversation I had with my mom where Aunt Leona's name did not come up with praise or excitement for what they had planned for the day. We are so thankful for your mother.
Posted by Patriica Mees on April 5, 2013
Laurie and family,
How wonderful that you could all be together for her transition. She must have been (and is!) so proud of you all. Your world will be forever changed. My sympathies.
Posted by Janet and Richard Britton on April 5, 2013
Dear Laurie,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. What a blessing to be at her side as she transitioned. I also had that privilege with my mother almost 5 years ago. She also waited for all family members to arrive. Isn't it magnificent how the soul knows when it is time! Sending hugs and loving energy. Janet and Richard
Posted by JK Weber on April 5, 2013
My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the death of your mother. How wonderful that you were able to be with her. My thoughts are with you in the coming days of mourning and celebrating your mother's life.
Love and namaste,
Posted by Patti & Harris Larson and family on April 5, 2013
To all my cousins-- thoughts and prayers are with you, peace for Auntie Leona---she was the best Godmother I could have.
Posted by Rosa Marroquin on April 5, 2013
Laurie and family: wishing you all peace and comfort. With much love. Rosita
Posted by Sandee Hork on April 5, 2013
Laurie, my deepest sympathy. So good that you & your sister were able to get to her in time. Much Love and Light to you and your family.
Posted by Omer & Grace Langenfeld on April 5, 2013
Pat and family: You have our deepest sympathy and prayers. May God sustain all of you at this time of sorrow
Posted by Sheila, Brett and Bugatti on April 5, 2013
Laurie, we love you and we are praying prayers for peace and strength. What joy to know that your mom is at peace and looking down from above. Love, The Waldmans
Posted by Jackie (Clark) Christiansen on April 5, 2013
On behalf of the family of Lorraine and Rex Clark, We are so sorry to hear of Jan's passing. God comfort you at this time.
Posted by Shannon & Nola on April 4, 2013
You are in our thoughts.
Posted by Lynda Austin on April 4, 2013
My heart is with you.
Posted by Nancy & Jason Jorgensen on April 4, 2013
Laurie, Susan, & Family,
We are so very sorry about the passing of your beloved Mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Let us know if you need anything. We love you!
Nancy & Jason
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