Janell A. Girodat, 42, went home to Jesus peacefully on Monday, March 21, 2011 at her home under the care of Hospice surrounded by her husband and children.

Janell was born April 18, 1968 to James German and Julie German-Sadler in Oakes, ND.  She grew up and went to school in the Oakes area.  As a child she loved playing and watching sports along with being outside.  She also helped out on the farm with cattle and haying.  After high school Janell attended college at Mayville State University where she met the love of her life.  Janell and Gary were united in marriage on May 27, 1989 at Our Lady of Peace in Mayville, ND.  They lived in multiple places where Janell worked mainly in education.  They became the parents of 3 loving and compassionate children.  Janell was so proud of her children.  Her love of sports continued as she attended every one of her children's extra-curricular activities in school.  She absolutely loved her job in education.  Janell would always talk about it as not being just any job, but as a calling.  She was not just any guidance counselor, but a loving and understanding friend to all of her students and colleagues.  Janell always said, "I want to make a difference in at least one person's life."  In the words of her brother-in-law, Dan, "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!"

Janell is survived by husband, Gary of Kindred; children, Damien of Fargo, Megan of Bismarck, and Cole; parents, James German of Guelph. ND and Julie (John) Sadler of Copperas Cove, TX; siblings, Janeen (Andrew) Garza of Kempner, TX, Jessica (Lewis) Gutheridge of Crowley, TX, Jimmy (Karen) German of Ellabell, GA, Jarrett German of Gillette, WY; many nieces and nephews along with numerous family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and father-in-law, Mathias Girodat.

Janell battled cancer for 10 years that weakened her body, but not her soul.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to "Janell Girodat Scholarship Fund" c/o Kindred State Bank, 411 Elm St, Kindred, ND  58051-4001 phone number 701-428-3121.

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