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Janice Flatten, 79

Janice Lee Flatten, age 79, of Dassel, formerly of Litchfield, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at her residence in Dassel.

She was born Jan. 7, 1936, daughter of William and Irene (Bertelsen) Higgins, in Council Bluffs, IA.

Janice grew up in the Council Bluffs area and graduated in 1954 from South High School in Omaha, NE.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and was presently a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

Janice had been employed as a chemical dependency counselor in Minneapolis. She had also worked as a housekeeper at the Glencoe Regional Hospital, and was a personal care assistant for her grandchildren.

Janice was united in marriage to Roger Flatten, Oct. 21, 1989, at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. Together, they made their home on the shores of Wolf Lake in Collinwood Township until they moved to Litchfield, where they had resided until 2012 when Janice moved to Dassel following Roger’s death.

Janice loved to play cards, especially 500. Every Friday evening Roger and Janice would get together and play 500 with her children.

She loved to shop in thrift stores and antique shops, looking for great unique things. She was always dressed classy and unique.

She loved her family and enjoyed spending time together for holidays and special events. She never left anyone out and loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren deeply.

Janice is survived by her children, Shari (Shannon) Palm, Vicky (Craig) Dunn, Kelly Wade, Kent Vetsch, and Terri Ellingson, Jon Morris; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Munch, Steven Munch; two nieces; one nephew; and a cousin, Harriet Greave.

Janice was preceded in death by her daughter, Shelly; husband, Roger; parents; and siblings, John Higgins Sr., Raymond Munch, and Mike Munch.

A funeral service took place Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 at 1:30 p.m., at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with Rev. Carolyn Pflibsen officiating. The interment was at the Lake Arvilla Cemetery in rural Dassel.

There was a time to gather with the family one hour prior to the service at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

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