Janet Arens
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Janet Arens age 80 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD. She is the wife of Gerald J. Arens.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery, Hartington. Visitation will be on Friday, at church, from 5-8:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday at church one hour prior to services.

Pallbearers will be Austin Arens, Jerod Thomas, Jacob Keay, Jonas Keay, Chris Pint, Dave Hausman, Dennis Hausman, and Mark Schlaefli.

Janet Cara-Nell Arens was born on May 2, 1936 in Redfield, SD to William H. and Gladys (Clark) Otto. She grew up in Tulare, SD and graduated from Tulare High School. She received her Registered Nursing Degree from St. John's School of Nursing in Huron, SD. She married Gerald J. Arens on April 4, 1964 in Hartington, Nebraska. Janet was a Registered nurse employed at the State Hospital in Yankton for seven years then worked at the Yankton Medical Clinic for 23 years.

Janet loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed going on vacations, birdwatching and gardening. She was a great baker, canner and jelly maker. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters of America, and belonged to a Wednesday Bridge Club.

Janet is survived by her husband of 52 years Gerald J. Arens of Hartington; three children and spouses Diane and Kevin Thomas, (son Jerod) of Kansas City, MO, Dan and Eleanor Arens (children Austin & Emma) of Kearney, Denise and David Keay (sons Jacob & Jonas) of Treynor, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother William C. Otto.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials directed to the Hartington Fire & Rescue Department.




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Our sincere sympathy to Jerry, Diane, Denise, Dan and families. We have so enjoyed getting to know you all in the last couple years and seeing what a happy caring family Janet and Jerry have raised. Getting to visit with her at "the farm" was a treat to hear the old family stories. May she rest in peace and you all continue to share her stories.

Kathy Kohnen


My condolence on the passing of your beloved Mother. May you and your family find comfort in shared joyful memories.

David Grunspan


So sorry for your loss. Janet was a special relative, classmate, and most of all friend. You are in my prayers.

Harriet Tomsha Otto


My deepest sympathy to Gerald & all of Janet's family for your loss. May God keep you all in His care.
Judy Ann Barnard
Postmaster Retired
Tulare, SD

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