Dorothy Janz

dorothy janz

 Dorothy J. Janz, 81, Fargo, ND passed away at Bethany on 42nd surrounded by her family on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

   Dorothy Jean Redmond was born in Moore Township on March 3, 1933, and was raised in Enderlin, ND. She was the daughter of Jesse Lee and Lucille (Henderson) Redmond.

   Dorothy spent her early years living on the family farm and moved to Enderlin in the fifth grade. She attended Moore Consolidated School and Enderlin High School and was involved in choir. She was awarded the American Legion School Award, selected in 1950 for Flickertail Girl’s State, and graduated in 1951.

    Dorothy worked for Citizens State Bank in Enderlin from 1951-1961, and for All American Freight Systems in Fargo from 1976-1980.

      Dorothy married Allen R. (Johnny) Janz on June 1, 1952, and they raised two children in Enderlin. She was an avid fan of the Enderlin Independent baseball team that her dad coached and Johnny played on, and she supported her children through all of their school activities. They spent many memorable years camping at Lake Ida with friends and relatives. She was a member of First Lutheran Church and Cormorant Lutheran Church, and was a Life Member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

   In 1981, Dorothy and Johnny moved to Fargo/Moorhead and Lake Ida, near Cormorant, MN. They spent their time from spring through fall in Minnesota and eventually Fargo, enjoying their winter months at Green Bay South near LaFeria, TX, until 2008. Dorothy enjoyed her walking and coffee group of lake friends, and her Green Bay South community of friends in Texas enjoying clubhouse activities, golfing, trips to Mexico, and especially making teddy bears for law enforcement personnel to carry in their vehicles to comfort children at accident scenes. In 2007, Dorothy and Johnny traveled on the second “Honor Flight” to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

   Dorothy is remembered for her warm smile, love of playing cards, cooking and canning, making salsa, crocheting and embroidery, and her ability to make the lake and all of her homes welcoming and fun to all, and enjoying her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   Dorothy is survived by her husband of 61 years, Johnny, and their two children: Steven (Kari) Janz, Moose Lake, MN, and Joni (Jeff) Peterson, Fargo, ND; brothers, Donald (Janice) Redmond, Lloyd, (Donna) Redmond; sister, Carol Ann Pudwill.  She is also survived by five grandchildren: Brittani Janz, Natalie (Jon) Beckstrand, Jordan (Alyssa) Sauvageau, Zachary Janz, Savanna Sauvageau (fiancé Q. Dillon), and six great grandchildren Emma, Carlos, Julian, Daymian, Nicolas, and Quincey. Her grandchildren and their spouses will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Darrell Redmond.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Cormorant Lutheran Church, Enderlin Veterans Memorial Fund, Enderlin Baseball Association, or the Enderlin Historical Society and Museum.

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  1. La Feria TXDeepest sympathy to family and friends. May Dorothy rest in peace. GOD give the strength needed to everyone at this sorrowful time. GOD bless from a neighbor at Green Bay South.

  2. Joni,
    I recall the love and concerns you had while your dear mother was suffering with health issues a few years ago. May you and your family find peace and comfort. My condolences to you.

  3. Sending a long-distance hug. Your mom was a beautiful person, inside and out. We are all bonded by our Enderlin school days, childhood memories and family connections. Take good care and know the Sims family is thinking of you. Lori Sims & Vern Dosmann — Sarasota, FL

  4. Fargo ND
    Johnny & Family,
    Jan and I were saddened to read of Dorothy’s passing. After not having seen her in some time, we were not
    aware of her recent health issues. She was a very lovely person. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the familly during this difficult time.

  5. West Fargo ND
    I will always remember the bright beautiful smile that Dorothy shinned onto everyone she met.
    I know that she will be watching over each and everyone of her family and friends to be sure that they continue to live life happily.

    Prayers to all of you in this time of sorrow.

    Mary and Family

  6. Joni, Savanna, and families,

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother/grandmother. There is no more suffering and no more pain for her. Only rejoicing in our Lord’s presence. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


    Johnny, Steve, and Joni. We are so sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. I have such great memories of her when we moved back to Enderlin and she and Johnny had bought my Aunt Nora’s house. Her, Marilyn and I played a lot of cards in that house. Of course all of our kids were good friends. Those were some good years. We also had some good times at the lake. I know she will be missed by a lot of people. Keep all the good memories in your hearts. May God bless you.

  8. Pinewood MnThinking of you and your family in this time of great sadness. God bless you all and may you find comfort through praying with God. Your Mom is in a better place. And is at peace.

  9. Fargo ND
    Welcome to my Mom’s guestbook. Thank you to everyone who has had my Mom in their thoughts and prayers as she was dealing with her kidney illness. Mom was only born with one kidney and did not discover this until later in life. She started dialysis in June 2013 and lived at Elim Rehab working with physical therapy to gain enough strength to return home to live with my Dad (Johnny, who will be 89 on April 24). She succeeded and was able to live at home between Oct 25-Dec 4. She was in and out of Essentia hospital, resided at Elim, and eventually was moved to Bethany on 42nd to be closer to her family. We honored Mom and her decision to stop dialysis and she is now free of pain. Mom passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday night and is now at peace. Heaven will recognize this beautiful angel. She is the one with the loving heart and warm smile. No one loves you like a Mom, and I was blessed to have her as mine! I will love you forever, and carry your love with me always. Love, Joni

  10. May Jehovah God bring comfort to Dorothy’s loved ones and strengthen them to get through this difficult time.
    Jeremiah 29:11-12 also see

  11. Mom, it’s been 3 years since you passed from this life and on to your eternal one; but yet not a day goes by that I don’t think of you! May you have eternal rest and perpetual light shine upon you -until we all meet again! All of our love, always and ever more. Watch over us all as the angel you now are.

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