Janice Kay Kappes rode into the sunset for her final ride on Sunday, March 17th, 2019 in Harlingen, TX. She was a 12+ year warrior of ovarian cancer. She fought with dignity and dedication for her family whom she loved so much. She signified strength and courage beyond words and was a beautiful role model for all of us.
She was born in Ada, MN on January 27, 1946, daughter of Oscar and Ilene Sorenson. She married her high school sweetheart and best friend Larry Kappes on May 14, 1966 and would have celebrated 53 years of marriage this May.
Jan graduated from Borup High School in 1964 and the Wahpeton State School of Science in 1965. She went on to work at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo, ND. In 1972 she and her family relocated to the Superior, WI area where they resided for 49 years. Jan worked at State Farm Insurance and the University of Wisconsin-Superior, from where she retired in 2006. Upon retiring, she and Larry became Winter Texans, enjoying the south Texas area with many friends and family. No matter where they went they made friends and surrounded people with love and laughter.
Jan was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Ilene Sorenson, an infant brother, DeWayne, and sisters-in law Sherry Sorenson and Lorraine Holstad.
Jan is survived by her loving husband Larry, her son Jerod (Angela) Kappes, daughter Tara (John) Burmood, her five grandchildren Gabriella, Kallahan and Leightan Kappes, Jack and Lily Burmood, and her precious dog Willie Nelson Kappes. Also, her siblings Gerald Sorenson, Connie (Butch) Barnes, Steven (Marsha) Sorenson, brother-in-law Carl Holstad, and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was an inspiration to her friends and family and to say she will be greatly missed is an understatement. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren adored her. She was always planning adventures with them such as rock-spying, four-wheeling, camping, pontooning, horseback riding on her beloved horse Sunny, traveling, and her most recent adventure to Iceland with her eldest granddaughter Gabi to ride the Icelandic Ponies.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital or to the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA), both of which were very close to her heart.
A celebration of life is planned for March 30th, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 P.M. at the UW-Superior Yellowjacket Union Great Room.