In Memory of Mary Ann Janse


9:00 am
Saturday May 22, 2021
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Saturday May 22, 2021
St. Bridget Catholic Church
211 East Division St.
River Falls WI, 54022

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​Mary Ann Janse, age 85 of River Falls, WI, died on Monday, May 17, 2021 at Red Cedar Canyon in Hudson. Mary Ann was born August 23, 1935 in Kenmare, ND to parents Lawrence and Mary Lou (Vinsel) Mayer. Mary Ann graduated from Bemidji High School, and later became a Registered Nurse from Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis. Mary Ann was very proud of her nursing profession. She worked hard, dedicating many years and countless hours in orthopedic surgery. Providing care to others was a highlight and calling in her life.

Mary Ann and Michael Janse were married on December 27, 1958. They were blessed with three children, seven grandchildren, and more than 62 years together.

Mary Ann was a truly kind and happy person who usually had a smile on her face. She enjoyed the love of family and the company of good friends. Though she was often quiet and content, Mary Ann always kept active through biking, golfing, cross-country skiing, and hiking. A lifelong reader, she enjoyed books, playing bridge, and the piano. In later years, she and Mike loved to travel, as well as winter in Arizona, where she volunteered at a local school there, reading to children. Above all, Mary Ann was the heart of her family! She relished in the role of grandma, and loved cabin time with family and the grandkids. There was no bigger fan of her grandkids at their sporting events. Mary Ann will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mary Ann is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Mike; her son, Mike (Jane) Janse; her daughter, Karen (Brenden) Buresh; son-in-law, Bob Dinkel; grandchildren, Cayden (Brooke) Janse, Chandler Janse, Mikayla Janse, Tyler Buresh, Justin Buresh, Vince Dinkel, and Jake Dinkel; sister-in-law, Maralee Mayer; brother-in-law, Tom (JoAnne) Janse; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kris Janse-Dinkel; her parents; and her brothers Joe Mayer and Tom Mayer.

Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Ann Janse will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 E. Division Street in River Falls, WI, with Rev. Fr. Jerry Harris officiating. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to services at the church. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. Services will be livestreamed at: Memorials honoring Mary Ann may be directed to St Bridget Catholic Church, or an organization of the donors choosing. The family wishes to express their gratitude for the care provided from the Memory Care nursing staff at Red Cedar Canyon, Bluestone Bridge, and Moments Hospice. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls, WI. 715-425-5644


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  • We are so sorry to hear about Mary Ann. She was such a loving friend to many and she will surely be missed by them. She and I worked together the Housing Authority Office and enjoyed our time together there, She loved her family with all her heart and talked about them always. Our love to Mike and family with deepest sympathy.
    Dennis and Dorothy Carstens

  • We are so sorry to hear about Mary Ann. She was a wonderful friend and neighbor when we lived in River Falls. We shared some of the best times together, especially our couples bridge group! She was a blessing to all who knew her. You are all in our thoughts.

  • My love and prayers to the Janse family ♥️Mary Ann will be so missed! What a beautiful soul!! I will always remember her infectious smile and wonderful laughter! The Janse’s were the first people we met when we moved to River Falls just before my senior year in high school! Such an amazing, welcoming family! Jack and Joanie will be there to welcome you Mary Ann♥️Love to you all, until we meet again!

  • Our deepest condolences to Mike and the entire Janse family. Definitely will miss Mary Ann’s smile and easy humor. May God bless her soul and God’s Blessings on Mike and family!
    Fred and Joan Gross

  • We will miss Mary Ann but know she’s in Heaven with her daughter.
    Mary Ann was such a loving person who always talked about her family, especially her grandchildren. There wasn’t a time that we chatted where she wouldn’t ask about our family and grands as she was always curious what they were up to. We were blessed to have her and Mike as dear friends and AZ neighbors.
    We love you Mary Ann !
    Our deepest sympathy to Mike & the Janse family.

    Jerry & Nancy Zembal