Janice Eileen (Nelson) Bapp, age 73, of Dassel, died Saturday, April 14, 2018.
She was born April 17, 1944, in Fergus Falls, the daughter of Nels and Florence (Kath) Nelson.
Janice grew up in Tenney before the family moved to Wheaton, where she graduated from the Wheaton High School in 1963. In her youth, she worked in the local café washing dishes and waiting tables.
Janice was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and was presently a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.
She was united in marriage to Gerald Bapp May 30, 1964, in Wheaton. The couple moved to Dassel, where they made their home and raised their five children.
Janice and Gerald had owned and operated the Third Street Café in Dassel for 11 years. Janice enjoyed talking to the customers, and always had a greeting for everyone who entered her restaurant.
She was a kind and generous woman, who cared for everyone. Janice insisted that her employees call her “grandma.”
She loved her family deeply and took great care of them, including caring for her mother and her sister, Carol. She called Carol every day to see how she was doing and how her day was going; and worried about her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
An amazing cook and baker, Janice enjoyed special family events and holidays. She would do anything to help someone out, and was always ready to lend a helping hand.
She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting and other events, and was often cheering the loudest for each and every one of her grandchildren. She loved her dog “Sadie” very much.
Janice is survived by her husband, Gerald, of Dassel; five children: Debbie (Brian) Lee of Howard Lake, Todd (Lisa) Bapp of Darwin, Jerry (Cher) Bapp of Hammond, WI; Karie (Chad) Newman of Litchfield, and Kathy Bapp (Scott Morse) of Litchfield; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Carol Nelson of Dassel, and Lois Fjelde of Rosemount. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents, Nels and Florence Nelson; and three brothers, Vernon, Clarence, and Robert.
A memorial service took place Thursday, April 19 at 1 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Laurie O’Shea officiating.
There was a time to gather with the family Wednesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.