Janet “Jan” Burwell, 79, of Warren, MN, died on Thursday evening, January 27, 2022, in White Pines Senior Living, Cottage Grove, MN.
Janet Ann DeMars was born on December 13, 1942, to Harvey and Diana (DeLisle) DeMars, in Gretna, Manitoba, being the nearest hospital to Bathgate, ND. She spent her early childhood in Bathgate, but moved around every few years with her father's lumber job to various northern towns. She spoke only French until she entered school, and graduated from high school in Hallock, MN, class of 1960. She attended the teachers college in Mayville, ND, but her boyfriend at the time, after another long road trip from Roseau to Mayville, convinced her that getting married would be the better option for them both.
On November 26, 1960, Jan was united in marriage to Raymond Burwell, and the two made their home in Roseau, MN. The two had twin girls nine months after their wedding, and another girl shortly after that. The family of five, with Jan at the helm, needed some family support and they moved to Warren, MN, to be closer to them. Jan worked as a sugar beet weighmaster during several harvests and operated the local Dairy Queen from 1973-78 with her mother-in-law. After the girls were out of the house, she took a job as a bank teller with State Bank of Warren, and retired from (now) Bremer Bank, in 2005.
Jan was an excellent housekeeper and homemaker, and was always very organized, making impeccably detailed scrapbooks for her grandkids. She was a huge help to her husband on the Marshall County Fair Board, and any success he had he attributed to having Jan behind him.
Jan is survived by her daughters, Raanne Bork of Warren, MN, Patricia (Troy) Lund of Hastings, MN, and Judy (James) Pulkrabek of Grand Forks, ND; four grandchildren, Trevor (Heidi) Lund, Jamie (Kalin) Kyllo, Jameson (Brianna) Pulkrabek, and Brook (Jordan) Johnson; six great-grandchildren, Brynlie, Rowan and Eden Johnson, Bennett and Lennon Lund and Jax Kyllo; and sister, June Parker.
She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, Ray, who died on October 5, 2020; her parents; and siblings, Colleen Robertson, Vernon DeMars, Maryls Leighton, Shirley Halvorson; and Dorla Deen Hansen.
PRIVATE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICE: Held in DuBore Funeral Home Chapel, Warren.
INTERMENT: Janet will be buried next to her husband, Raymond in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Warren, MN.
Condolences can be mailed to:
Family of Janet Burwell
c/o DuBore Funeral Home
424 W. Wentzel Ave.
Warren, MN 56762
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