Janice J. Bruns

janice j. bruns
Janice Bruns, Fargo, ND passed away on May 28, 2015 in the Palliative Care Unit of Sanford Health, Fargo. Janice Joan Chukker was born on Cinco de Mayo, May 5, 1935 in Charles City, Iowa to Gerald and Marjorie (Marsh) Chukker. The family moved to Worthington, MN in 1941. Janice was a 1953 graduate of Worthington High School, and then went on to graduate from Worthington Junior College. She was private secretary to the treasurer of Munsingwear, Inc., Minneapolis, MN until 1957. On June 23, 1956 Janice and Elmer Bruns were united in marriage at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Worthington, MN. The Bruns family moved to Fargo, ND to further Elmer’s education. In 1967 Janice became secretary at Fargo South High School. She was a charter member of Nativity Church, Fargo, ND where she was active in various ministries which included Vice President of the Women’s’ Guild, taught Confraternity of Christian Doctrine to public school students, was a Eucharistic minister, and active in Cursillo. Janice attended Minnesota State University-Moorhead, and was a member of Delta Pi Delta Sorority. She was active in the North Dakota State Democratic NPL Party, serving two terms on the ND Governor’s State Policy Committee. Janice was a past Vice-Chairwoman of Fargo Precinct 51, and a delegate to numerous Dem/NPL Women Plus. She was in her element when entertaining and preparing favorite recipes for family and friends; family being uppermost in her life. Over the years, a number of neighborhood children as well as friends of Janice’s children and grandchildren addressed her as “Grandma” and shared many entertaining times with her.  Her grandchildren, great grandchildren and these others were “the apples of her eye.”  Janice enjoyed retirement with her husband; summers spent at West McDonald Lake, Dent, MN, and winters in Alamo, Texas, and travels both foreign and domestic. Everyone who knew her would attest that life was never dull when Janice was involved! Survivors include her husband Elmer, son Jeffrey (Cynthia Rick) Bruns, Fargo, daughter Jolyn (David) Krabbenhoft, Fargo, and daughter Julie (Steven) Sillers, Moorhead MN. Six grandchildren: Bryce Krabbenhoft, Fargo, BreAnne (Brennan) Fagan, Lawrence, KS, Khera (Taylor) Houston, Kasson, MN, Jeffrey Jr (J.J) Fargo, Brittney Bruns, Fargo, and Erin Sillers, Moorhead. Great-grandchildren Mya and Liam Houston, Kasson, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents. The Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 2:30 P.M. in Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo, ND with visitation starting at 1:30 P.M. Visitation will be held from 5-7:00 P.M. at Boulger Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. and rosary to follow. Interment will be in Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Friends of Chimbote (Fr. John Davis Peru mission) www.friendsofchimbote.org. Look for JanBruns on Caring Bridge.

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  1. Thinking of you and your family. Janice I will never forget you calling me Daniel Alan! as soon as you would see me. You will be truly missed I don’t think the lake will be the same with out you.

  2. Elmer and family, I will miss my “feisty” friend. I thank you for sharing her with us and will never forget her! I will try to come on Sunday. Thoughts & Prayers, Tina

  3. My mom, Margaret, and Jan and Elmer were great friends. I remember Jan as always being upbeat and so bubbly! God bless her and may she RIP. My condolences for your loss..

  4. I knew Janice for a few years now from the Sanford Clinic. Whenever I talked with her on the phone or in person, she always made me smile and laugh. Her personality just meshed so well with mine. She is truly a special person. I am SO glad that I was able to come over to the hospital and see her, joke around with her, and have a couple serious talks with her before she passed. She told me to enjoy my kids and spend as much time with them as I possibly could. I will never forget when I was pregnant with my daughter and I got a package delivered at work from Janice while she was in Texas. She mailed me this beautiful white blanket for my daughter and truly meant the world to me! Janice was a very special person to me and I will miss her everyday! My thoughts and prayers are with Elmer, Jolyn and the rest of your family! I know that she is now at peace and that keeps my mind at ease.

  5. What a shock for me to see my friend, JANICE, ‘S picture in the paper this morning. It sure brought back a ton of memories for me. We lived across the street on 9th avenue most of our life, we played a lot of canasta together and she and Roseanne taught me how to drive after me going up on the boulevard a number of times. we swiped apples from her grandparents apple trees in the fall, but they knew we were doing it. we climbed the coal piles in the winter next to their house and had fun sliding down them. i can even remember what her bedroom looked like. we spent a lot of time on the back porch right off of the kitchen where grandma Chukker was always making something that smelled good.
    Yes, those were the good times. Love and Prayers, joyce burns

  6. Jolyn, I remember your mother always seemed so full of spirit. My condolences to you and your family on your loss. Nancy

  7. i am sorry for your loss. Janice will be remembered for her big heart and wonderful spirit.

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