Frances Janous, age 86, passed away July 7, 2018, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Owatonna.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 AM Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Owatonna. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the funeral at church starting at 9:30 AM, there will be a Catholic Daughters of America rosary recited at 9:15 AM at the church before the visitation.
Frances was born on September 20, 1931 in Steele County to parents Frank and Anna (Mikyska) Janous. Frances attended Rural School District #22 for grades one through eight. She then completed grades nine through twelve at Owatonna High School graduating in 1949. On the Monday following graduation she became employed with Federated Insurance Company and continued that employment for forty five years. She retired on November 30, 1994. She was grateful for her employment with Federated and for the opportunity to meet and work with so many wonderful people.
She loved her Catholic faith and was involved in many activities at Sacred Heart Church. She was a substitute in the Church office as well as a volunteer where needed. She served on the Parish Council, Women’s Council and the St. Therese Guild. She was a Eucharistic Minister for more than 25 years and coordinated the Communion to Homebound ministry for more than 20 years. She served on the editorial staff when a new parish history book was written about Sacred Heart Parish in 1996 at the time the 130th anniversary of the parish was observed.
Frances was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, the Steele County Historical Society and the Federated Insurance Company Quarter Century Club. Flower gardening, cooking and baking were of interest to her and she entered items at the Steele County Fair. Frances and her sister, Mary Ann, traveled to many states and Canada. In 1985 they traveled to Czechoslovakia to visit their father’s birthplace and relatives living there.
She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Mary Ann, and an infant sister. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Church, Homestead Hospice House: Patient Care Fund and Alzheimer’s Association.