Janice Pollreisz


October 22, 1948 - April 25, 2021


Janice Pollreisz, 72, of Mitchell, SD, died Sunday, April 25, 2021, at her home under hospice care in Mitchell. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Friday, April 30, 2021 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Ethan. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Thursday, April 29 at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Janice Joan (Graves) Pollreisz was born to Frank and Evelyn Graves on October 22nd, 1948 in Parkston SD.  She grew up in rural Ethan with siblings, Ron (Gloria) Graves – Spearfish, Bruce (Vicky) Graves – Mitchell, Dennis (Carol) Graves – Ethan, Gloria (Tim) Stach – Mitchell, Sharyn (Jim) Schladweiler – Mitchell, and Wendy Tiede – deceased.  Jan spent a good portion of the time that South Dakota weather allowed in Ethan Lake entertaining herself and learning about life.

Jan attended country school and high school in Ethan.  She married Robert Pollreisz on November 24th, 1966.  They lived the farm life in the Ethan Area until 1984 when they decided to give city-living a try and moved to Mitchell.  Jan worked at Allen’s Restaurant and Mitchell Livestock until 2004 when she retired. 

Jan loved all aspects of the outdoors.  She enjoyed gardening and her yard became a showcase of plants, flowers, and a bountiful vegetable garden.  She also loved to camp and hunt and enjoy nature with her family.  Her two sons, Scott and Greg, came to love and appreciate the outdoors just as Jan did.  It is a fair bet that any family gathering includes at least one hunting or fishing story, exaggerated or not, with Jan either encouraging or humoring them along.

Jan liked to travel and see the sights.  Together, Bob and Jan would sometimes just get in the car and see where the trip and the sights took them - with Jan often encouraging Bob to take a photo of whatever caught her eye along the way.

Morning coffee was a staple for Jan, and you could usually find her at home sitting in the sunroom or on the patio sipping a cup while watching the birds and whatever else happened to wander into the yard.  If she wasn’t there, it would be safe to assume she was out on one of her daily, treasured walks searching out the wildlife.

If you knew Jan, you knew that she took great pride in her home. Along with a beautiful yard, she had so many unique decorations around the house.  Jan and Bob spent a lot of time together turning Jan’s visions for every day, ordinary objects into beautiful décor that she proudly displayed.

Jan is greatly missed and will be forever and fondly remembered by family and friends.  She is survived by her husband, Robert – Mitchell and sons, Scott (Katie) Pollreisz – Mitchell, and Greg (Amy) Pollreisz - Pierre.  She was blessed with 3 granddaughters: Taylor (Tyler) Gonzales – Brighton, CO and Paige and Addison Pollreisz – Pierre. 



Thursday, April 29, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, April 30, 2021
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery
Ethan, SD

Posted by Travis Royston on April 29, 2021
Very sorry to hear of your loss, Bob, Scott and Greg. Prayers to you!!
Posted by George Morgan on April 29, 2021
Sorry for your loss Bob.

Sorry for your loss Bob
Posted by Marlys Weins on April 28, 2021
Our sympathy to you and your family.our thought will be with you.
Posted by Christine. Fritza on April 28, 2021
So sorry
Posted by Christine John fritza on April 28, 2021
Robert and family so sorry too hear of jabs passing my thoughts and prayers are with you all. She will be missed by all who knew her
Posted by Jean (Feiner) Bowar on April 28, 2021
Robert-I was so saddened to hear of Janice's passing. She was always such a sweet person. I'm sure she's walking through and exploring the heavenly gardens now. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Jean (Feiner) Bowar (probably remember me as Carol!)
Posted by Doreen Gerlach-Frusti on April 27, 2021
Robert, I am so saddened to learn of the death of Janice. She was my best friend in the early years of high school. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you in your grief. Doreen
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