Janis Joan Long
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Janis Joan Long, age 81, of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2015 at her home.

Memorial services are 3:30 PM, on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Ninke officiating. Inurnment will be at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. The family will receive friends starting at 2:00 PM, Saturday, and will continue until the time of the service.

Janis was born November 12, 1934 in Hurley, South Dakota to LeRoy and Henrietta (Wuebben) Benson. She grew up in Viborg, South Dakota where she graduated high school in 1952. Janis married Roger U. Long on October 1, 1953. Following Roger's discharge from the Army in 1954, they made their home in Yankton and lived there ever since. In 1963, they started Long's Propane, Inc. where Janis worked as a bookkeeper for 45 years. Janis was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Women's VFW Auxiliary. She took great pride in her home and enjoyed working with her flowers and garden. Janis also enjoyed reading. She truly loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and felt so blessed to have them in her life.

Among those who survive and gratefully shared her life are her husband, Roger Long of Yankton; two daughters, Kathleen (Jim) Burns of Avondale, AZ and Julie (Mark) Nielsen of Yankton; five grandchildren: Jeremy (Misty) Kirschenman, Matthew Kirschenman, Noah Burns, Amanda (Josh) Christie and Adam Nielsen; four great grandchildren: Trinity, Tory and Levi Kirschenman, and Lyla Thompson; one sister, Avis Christensen of Viborg; and many nieces and nephews.

Waiting to greet Janis in Heaven are her two grandchildren, Brian Nielsen and Caitlin Kirschenman.

Memorials may be directed to your local area Special Olympics organization.


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To Roger, and family and the friends at Longs Propane. You have our deepest sympathy. We will miss that great Janis Smile when stopping in at the office.

Bill & Laura Fejfar

I am so surprised and sorry to hear of Punk's passing. What a sweet person she was. May God bless your family with only good memories and peace.

Donna Hacecky McCarville

Roger & family - Think about all the great memories. You're all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time - be strong.

Brad, Jodi (Keegan) and Nathan List

Roger, Julie and family we are so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you and for you in this time of sorrow. God bless you all.

James and Marilyn Lofflin

Roger & family, our sympathy and blessings to you as you deal with your loss. I ( Shirley) was a VHS classmate of Punk and had many good times cheerleading and singing. Sending strength and peace from both of us.

Shirley & Bill Richardson

Roger, Kathy, Julie and family - I am sad to learn of your loss. She was a really fine woman and I know you will miss her so much. I have fond memories of her. My thoughts are with you.

Joleen Kirschenman


So sorry to hear of Punk's passing. I remember her well and you two were/are a fabulous couple. You are in my Christmas prayers.

Tom Welter

Please accept our sincere sympathies. Thinking of your family at this sad time. We can only imagine what a glorious Christmas she will have in Heaven.

Jim and Mary DeLozier

Roger, Kathy, Julie and families-Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Punk was a lovely woman and I know how much all of you loved one another. May your faith, love and memories strengthen you through the days of loneliness and loss. Keeping you in our prayers.

Kathy and Ray Trankle

Dear Julie,

I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I'm sending hugs and prayers to you and your family.

Susan Geersen

Roger & family, so sorry to hear of Punks passing. Punk and I moved to Viborg at the same time and were classmates at VHS. She brightened the room when she entered. A dash of sweetness and a spark of mischief. She will be missed.

Gary Christensen

So sorry to hear of Punk passing . What a sweetheart she was.

Janet & Gail Sohler

Mark, Julie, Amanda, Adam - and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss, and so sorry that I hadn't heard of it sooner. Your family is in our prayers always. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Hugs to you!

James and Sheri Duke

Roger, Kathy and Julie,

Recalling the past with fond memories.

Scott and Cinda Kutil

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