Leithe, Janice Irene (nee Nelson)
April 25, 1929 – June 4, 2015
Age 86 of St. Paul and formerly of Eden Prairie. Died peacefully June 4, 2015 with her daughters at her side. Preceded in death by husband of nearly 60 years, Alby; parents, Henry & Adele; and brothers, Gary and DuWayne. Survived by daughters. Joni and Susan; brother, Lance Nelson; sisters, Kathleen Shellito & Greta Fauglid; and extended family and friends. Jan was born April 25, 1929 in Wolverton, MN. She grew up on a farm outside of Comstock, MN. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, with a degree in English and Physical Education, and remained a proud “Cobber” her whole life. Jan taught at Fertile High School, where she caught the eye of Alby Leithe, who fell for the pretty teacher taking her students past his house to the county fairgrounds for their Phy. Ed. class. In 1954 they wed in Minneapolis after he proposed to her in a potato field, saying she had to come with him to the big city. They lived briefly in Minneapolis, and Ardmore, PA, then spent 16 years in Roseville, MN, and 36 years in Eden Prairie, MN. Most recently they lived at Lyngblomsten Care Center. Jan’s athleticisim was shown in softball, basketball, bowling, and her faith in her active church life. She enjoyed a second career as manager of Fanny Farmer Candies in the Eden Prairie Center. Jan was a great storyteller and letter writer. She enjoyed reading, gardening and caring for her cats and dogs. Most of all, she simply loved being with people. She saw the humor in everything. She will be deeply missed for her beautiful smile, her sly wit, her unfailing patience and kindness, and the love she showered on us, not so much with words, as with thoughtful, innumerable deeds. Special thanks to the skilled staff at Lyngblomsten and the Allina hospice team for their loving and tender care of our mother. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Concordia College, Moorhead, MN or Lyngblomsten Foundation. Funeral 1:30 pm with visitation one hour prior, Saturday, June 13, Newman-Benson Chapel, Lyngblomsten Care Center, 1415 Almond Ave., St. Paul, MN. Interment Ft Snelling Mon. June 15, 1 pm.