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Janice “Jan” Kersey, 81, passed away after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's Disease on December 21, 2021 in Roseville, MN. Jan was born in 1940 in Pine City, MN, and spent her childhood years in Sandstone and in Minneapolis, where she graduated in 1958 from Washburn High School. The following year she married Dave Kersey and together they embarked on a lifetime of ministry, beginning with the launch of a new Christian radio station, KFNW, in Fargo, ND. Jan worked tirelessly behind the scenes at the radio station, doing everything from hosting events to lawn care and building maintenance. Together they organized and hosted multiple tours of the Holy Land in the 1970s, and regularly visited local churches throughout the Red River Valley region to share their travels, testimonies and song.
She and Dave raised their three children in Fargo-Moorhead and in the Twin Cities before moving to Tucson, AZ, in 1986. Her love for children led her to work as a Special Education Assistant before starting her own home daycare business. As grandchildren arrived they were precious to her and she devoted herself to them. In 2014 Jan and Dave returned to Minnesota, where they lived for several years in Lindstrom near their daughter and her family.
Jan loved sharing her many gifts and talents with others. She loved gardening and always had beautiful flowers for all to enjoy. She was very accomplished in sewing, knitting and crocheting, and made many gifts to share with family and friends. Jan loved entertaining, whether it was hosting a family birthday party, holiday celebration or a gathering of friends. She took special pride in decorating her home and worked hard to make it a special environment that displayed her own personal touch, and her organizational skills were impeccable. She truly enjoyed helping others and was always the first to say “Oh, I will help you with that!”
Jan’s greatest passion was her relationship with Jesus. She was known to wake up long before anyone to start the day reading her Bible and in prayer. In her ﬁnal months, she continued to joyfully sing hymns and quote scripture even after Alzheimer’s had taken its toll on her. Jan's kind heart, loving attitude and beautiful smile will be lovingly remembered by those who knew her. As her family gathered around her and she took her last breath on this earth, she was welcomed into Heaven where she is now free from disease and experiencing the glory of Heaven with her Lord and Savior.
Jan is survived by Dave, her husband of 62 years; children Jim (Stacy) of Tucson, AZ; Bill (Julie) of St. Paul, MN; Kris Erickson (Jon) of Lindstrom, MN; grandchildren Nicole, Melanie and Kyle Kersey, and Nolan, Jill and Emily Erickson; siblings Gerry Koland and Steve Koland of Sandstone, MN; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by parents Arne and Ellen Koland.
Jan’s life will be celebrated at Mueller Memorial Funeral Home in White Bear Lake, MN, on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 2 p.m. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service.