Leonard Christopher Jansen, age 97 of Menominee, Nebraska, died on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge, Nebraska.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 10:30 am at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Menominee with Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 4:00 pm at the church. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Monday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.
Pallbearers will be his 11 children. Honorary Pallbearers will be his 38 grandchildren.
Leonard was born on March 12, 1918 on a farm near Menominee to John Henry and Maxalinda (Suing) Jansen. He grew up in the Menominee and Fordyce area and married Mary Wilhelmina Feilmeier on January 3, 1945 at Hartington. They farmed in the Menominee and Fordyce area where they raised 11 children. They moved to their home on Highway 81 south of Menominee in 1978. Mary died on March 10, 2000 at the age of 74 and in October of 2001 Leonard moved to the Autumn Winds Assisted Living in Hartington. In September of 2013 he moved to the Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge.
Leonard was a member of the St. Boniface Catholic Church and was a former trustee and longtime choir member. He was a former board of director for the Fordyce Coop, former president and board member of the NFO, served on the Cedar County Election board for many years and was a 65 year member of the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife loved to travel and had a strong faith structure as they prayed the rosary every night. He loved playing cards and horseshoes. Leonard loved being a farmer and saw many changes through the years as he started farming with horses. He proudly raised Hereford cattle and farmed only with Allis Chalmers equipment.
Leonard is survived by 11 children and their spouses, Doris Hochstein of Bow Valley, NE; Ken Jansen of Omaha, NE; Delbert and Cathy Jansen of Maryville, MO, Mavis and John Mines of Norfolk, NE; Melvin and Sharon Jansen of Menominee, NE; Bette and Clayton Heimes of St. Helena, NE; John and Phyllis Jansen of Fordyce, NE; Vernon and Charlotte Jansen of Crofton, NE; Leonarda and Joe Arens of Crofton, NE; Gail and Doug Milander of Hartington, NE; LuAnn and Mike Steffen of Laurel, NE; 38 grandchildren' 58 great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren, 15 step grandchildren, a brother, Clarence and Angela Jansen of Fordyce, NE; 4 sisters, Loretta Schulte of Bow Valley, NE; Clara Rolfes of Wynot, NE; Rita Sudbeck of Bow Valley, NE and Lorraine and Leo Schulte of Hartington, NE.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Mary, 3 infant daughters, Arlene, Nadine and Rosemary, a son-in-law, Gary Hochstein, 2 granddaughters, Brenda Ketter and Audrey Heimes, 2 great grandchildren, Matt and Katie Hochstein, 3 brothers, George, Martin and Elmer Jansen and a sister, Angela Leise.
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MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL OF THE JANSEN FAMILY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR FAMILY
To the entire Jansen family, wishing ALL of YOU peace at this
time. Knowing all of you, I am sure there have been as many tears of joy as
tears of grief these last few days celebrating the life and memories of
your dad. Sorry I was not able to be there to share the tears with you.
Carla (Steffen) Tressell
May your family have comfort in the great memories you have of
your Dad's life. I know his mind was sharp enough to play sheephead until
at least a year ago. I never did figure that game out!! God's blessings to
all of you.
Mary Steffen Sanders
So sorry to hear of your loss, and yet you must celebrate the wonderful gift of life your parents gave all of you. They are united once again and for that you can feel good. We always enjoyed spending time with all our cousins. You don't go on a Sunday visit to just anybody when you're showing up with 16 more kids! Hang onto the many, many fond memories. You are all so blessed to have so much family. I'm confident your Dad & Mom will be forever rewarded greatly. God's Blessings,
Jerry & Sally Lewi
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