Janice Marie Barr, 74 of Rapid City, South Dakota died in Denver, Colorado on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Janice was born April 15, 1938 to Rudolph and Gertrude (Smidt) Olson in Greenbush, Minnesota. She spent her childhood in Stephen, Minnesota surrounded by her parents, sister and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins that brought her great joy during her childhood. She later attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education and Psychology in 1960. Janice was passionate about teaching and began a career as an educator within several Lutheran schools including Augustana Academy in Canton, South Dakota and Lutheran High School East in Detroit, Michigan.
Janice was united in marriage to Lowell Barr in 1967. Janice and Lowell eventually settled in Laramie Wyoming where Janice was a devoted wife and a loving mother to two children, David and Daniel. She was an active member at Trinity Lutheran church where she participated in church activities and served as the church secretary for several years. Reading, music, and matters of the spirit were very important to her. Janice viewed the mountains as a sanctuary and valued spending time at some of her favorite locations in the Snowy Range and the Colorado Rockies. She loved to be surrounded by cats and dogs; particularly her two Cocker Spaniels, Lucky and Charlie.
After retirement Janice and Lowell relocated to Rapid City, South Dakota where she continued with her church activities.
Janice is survived by her husband of 45 years, Lowell Barr; two sons, David Barr (Simon Foster) of Denver, Colorado and Daniel (Shivanjali) Barr of San Diego, California; and her sister, Arleen Raffanti of New Lenox, Illinois and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services to be held on Friday, March 15th 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at Piedmont Valley Lutheran Church; 16155 Spring Valley Road, Piedmont, SD 57769.
Memorials in Janice’s name may be made to Piedmont Valley Lutheran Church; 16155 Spring Valley Road, Piedmont, SD 57769, or Lutheran Social Services; 2920 Sheridan Lake Road, Rapid City, SD 57702