Jani Rae Hendrickson

jani hendrickson

August 13, 1960 ~ July 31, 2023

Born in: Jamestown, North Dakota
Resided in: Fargo, North Dakota

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Jani Rae Hendrickson, of Fargo, died Monday, July 31, 2023.

Jani Rae Heringer was born in Fargo on August 13, 1960, to James and Dorothy (Grimstvedt) Heringer and was raised in Jamestown. After high school she attended the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle. After college she enjoyed traveling and camping with her family.

She resided in the Fargo area for several years and was employed at Gateway Chevrolet. She was proud and honored to be part of their team, loving everyone she worked with and often spoke of their love and generosity.

On July 10, 2021, Jani married David Hendrickson of West Fargo. They were the love of each other’s lives, and Jani was a very loving and devoted wife. One of Jani’s greatest joys was loving and making memories with her husband.

Jani was a very warm and kind person. She glorified God in nearly everything she did, loving people unconditionally, and people she just met loved her. She had a way of being attentive to other people’s needs and emotions that is rare in this world. She kept in touch with people she loved and often shared cards, notes, calls, and messages. Jani valued her family and friends as the most important in life. She had a son Gunnar and daughter, Chalsey from previous marriage, who she loved beyond words and strived to keep in touch with them always.

Jani loved to take pictures, mostly of friends and family, and shared them with all, wanting to preserve the memories that were precious to her. She loved to cook and was quick to invite guests into her home for a special meal.

Jani was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

She is survived by her husband, David, daughter, Chalsey (Brad) Neva, grandchildren Alec and Damon of Marion, Iowa; son Gunnar Messner, grandchildren Sullivan, Sylas and Rhythm of Central City South Dakota; brother, David (Chris) Heringer, son Evan, daughter Emma (Cory) Ploof and their children, Landon and Sutton, sisters, Traci (Rick) Harmon and sons, Jayme, Joshua, Justin, Jesse and Jonny, St. Joseph, Missouri, Shelli (Howard) Taylor and son, Trevor, and daughter, Carlie, White Cloud, Kansas. She is survived by many cousins who loved her dearly.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2023, with visitation starting at 1 p.m. at Lighthouse Church, Fargo.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center Fargo. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.boulgerfuneralhome.com

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Memorial Service - Monday: August 14, 2023 2:00 pm

Lighthouse Church
21 9th St S
Fargo, North Dakota 58103

(701) 361-9922

Visitation - Monday: August 14, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lighthouse Church
21 9th St S
Fargo, North Dakota 58103

(701) 361-9922

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  1. I love you much Jani!!…I will hold u close to my heart ❤️ FOREVER!! 🙂 Watch over ALL of us!! XXXOOO

  2. JANI, you were my friend from the first time I meet you. I will miss our talks and the kind words you always had for my daughter and I. I miss you my friend but I know that you are now in Gods hands in heaven and one day will will meet again. Rest in Piece my friend until we meet again.

  3. Jani was a wonderful person. She was practically part of our family. I can’t imagine the pain the ones closest are going through. Losing such an amazing person feels unfair. I just saw her smiling face last weekend and I am devastated now knowing it was the last time. My heart goes out to everyone who had the luxury of getting to meet and know this truly amazing person. She will be missed and remembered dearly.

  4. I am still in shock. She was a great woman who loved and cared for her hubby David during his rough time. May God rest her soul. Hugs go out to David, family and friends.

  5. To Knox’s beautiful godmother, our lovely and selfless auntie, and the soulmate to our uncle. We send all our love.

  6. My heart is heavy as I hear this news.
    One warm wonderful shining person.
    She will be greatly missed.
    Sending love and prayers to her family and David.

  7. Jani was an Angel on Earth and the Good Lord called her home. Jani was a kind soul, soft spoken and a woman with such grace. My heart breaks for those closest to her especially her sweet husband Dave. Jani, you will be remembered & never forgotten. My heart is heavy. Thank you for being a special light in my life. My prayers and love to her family & Dave.

  8. I never had the pleasure of meeting her, but her kind words and lovely smile made everyone who came in contact with her, better for knowing her. May you truly rest in the peace of Our Lord and Savior. Hugs and all that is gentle be with her family, most especially her soulmate, David.

  9. My sincere condolences to the Heringer family. We grew up in the same neighborhood together. I remember Jani Rae well. Sending God’s blessings, love and hugs during this difficult time.

    Shannon (Halvorson) Henderson

  10. My Beautiful loving sister this is not fair!! I miss you so much but I know mom and dad welcomed you on you journey to Heaven!I love You More sis

  11. This was such a shock and she will be missed dearly. Are families were hockey families that spent many hours at the rink cheering our children on. Jani and I also worked together at Jamestown Head Start and she had a special heart for the children.

  12. jani was a person God puts on this earth to simply be someone who has the grace to be a true friend. I will miss you. my condolences and prayers for Jani’s family and friends find peace and healing in God’s hands

  13. Jani, you shared your big smile, loving heart, and kind soul with all those who crossed your path. We will miss you.

  14. Heaven gained a beautiful Angel. Jani had a heart of gold both inside and out. Her smile and presence lit up a room. My heart is broken for David and family. Sending prayers and love to all. You will be missed Jani.

  15. My heartfelt sympathies and prayers to her husband David and family. I’m so sorry for the loss of Jani. The generous hugs and talks when I needed them, will be cherished forever.
    Heaven received another precious Angel. Gone to soon.

  16. I am very sorry for your loss David I have known her for a very long time and She was always had smile and was very positive! She will be missed!

  17. David I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this time of need. Rest in Peace my friend. We will meet again.

  18. Fly free beautiful angel. You were loved by so many. God bless you, Dave. My heart and prayers are with you. PEACE.

  19. It’s been such a shock to have to say goodbye so soon to such a wonderful friend. She was truly an angel. Her positive attitude and kind heart brought joy and comfort to many. We will miss you greatly and will always love you.
    We love you, Dave and send prayers of peace and comfort for you.

  20. I didnt know Jani personally but i know she lit up whatever room she entered. My condolences to Dave, her family and all those she toiched.

  21. Worked with Jani at Headstart in Jamestown, she put her heart and soul into everything she did. She truly was a dedicated, delightful, devoted person with a passion for life. So sorry for your loss. Heaven truly gained an angel

  22. Our prayers and heartfelt condolences to Dave and all of JaNi’s family. We share your sorrow but know she is in the loving arms of Jesus. Hallelujah!

  23. I was so sad to hear about Jani’s passing. She was an amazing lady and friend, who will be greatly missed. Her family and friends will forever and always be in my thoughts and prayers .

  24. Jani, you are an amazing woman. I know you are going to be missed so many. I will continue to think of you often and will pray for your loved ones. Till we meet again.

  25. I can NOT believe such a warm and loving person has left this world. You will be missed Jani!! My tears are flowing as I write this message.

  26. Jani and I were at the Lutheran Bible Institute together and were the few from North Dakota attending and graduating in two years. I will always remember that special smile and gentle nature she had about her. I am so sorry for your loss.

  27. We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. 🙏 💔

  28. Jani, you were such a bright and loving spirit! When I saw your middle name was Rae I thought “0f course “ because you were a ray of sunshine to all that knew you. My deepest condolences to all that knew and loved you.

  29. My wife Jill and I went to LBI of Issaquah Washington with Jani Herringer during the 1979 through 1980 school year. She was one of our friends and we have always wondered what happened to so many of the friends that we made at LBI. I am so sorry for the family’s loss and I know how you feel because my sweet wife Jill went home to be with Lord Jesus in 2019. I remember Jani as a very sweet loving beautiful young lady. If you are a born again Christian then your loss is only temporary but I know it still hurts so very deeply. May God give you His perfect peace during this very difficult time.

  30. Jani was an amazing friend at LBI. She was my wedding attendant, I loved her dearly. We had such great talks. We had such great evenings, finding whatever sugar we could find late night, from chocolate chip cookies, ice cream, etc. I saw you not long ago in Minneapolis. Dear girl, I will miss you, David and family, I am so sorry for your loss. We will meet again in heaven Jani and we will hug. Love you my friend. Cheryl Riggs

  31. Jani was a sweet and gentle soul who will be greatly missed by so many whose lives she touched every day. My heartfelt condolences to David and her family. ❤️

  32. Our sympathy to David and Family. Jani will be remembered by her warm and caring spirt. Our prayers are with you.

  33. David and Family: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister Jani Rae. When we lose one of our loved ones it is never easy, but rest assured she is now in Heaven with the other members of your family. Your entire family will be in my prayers. I wish I could be there for support! Please know I am thinking of you all. May you know that God’s grace is all sufficient and His love never fails. I know Jani will be greatly missed!

  34. Such a sweet angel. You will be deeply missed. I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet you and Dave at our Saturday morning breakfasts. You always had a bright light around you, and your love of others shown in everything you did. Prayers of peace and comfort to Dave and family.

    Carrie and Don

  35. Jani, You were such a special person, may you now rest in peace in Gods arms!
    My thoughts and prayers to your family!

  36. I was lucky to work with Jani at North High school. She was a testament to God’s grace and love. She cared deeply about the students and she worked with a joyful heart. She was a blessing to all who were fortunate to know her. My sympathy to family & friends.

  37. God places people in our lives, we are so blessed to have Jani in our lives. I am so thankful that we were allowed to get to know her and love her. Although we don’t always understand, but we do know that God’s timing is always right.

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