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Janet Gladys Hanson

May 18, 1955 ~ September 25, 2021 (age 66)


On September 23rd, a welfare check was conducted at Jan’s apartment in Libby, where she was found unconscious, and was later determined to be in a diabetic coma. From the Libby ER, Jan was transported to the Boise ICU in the early morning hours of the 24th. She was removed from life support, with her children bedside, on the evening Saturday September 25th, 2021. 

Jan was born May 18th, 1955 and grew up near Ashley Lake. She was born to Richard and Josephine (Sundt) Hanson and was the youngest of 8 siblings.  She graduated from Kalispell’s Flathead High School in 1973. 

Jan is survived by her daughter Brandy (John) Schmitz of Hewitt MN and son Roger (Cassie) Motichka of Hayden ID, grandchildren “Angel” (Bailey), “Honey Ham” (Jake), and “Kaila-Boo” (Kailyn), sister Carol Slaybough of Hermiston OR, special friend Darrell Doubek of Libby MT, cousin Gloria Smith of Kalispell MT, sister in law Sherian Hanson of Marion MT, and many loved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents Richard and Josephine Hanson, brothers Calvin, Allen, Richard and Lawrence, sisters Joyce Heindel and Joann Calbick, and friend Barb Sears of Libby MT. 

Many times she shared stories about her family and friends-especially the holidays at her brother Allen’s house, her love of Ashely Lake and Bitterroot Lake, how much she loved being a stay at home mom while her children were little, and the many people she met when living in Libby, Idaho and Minnesota while living closer to her grandkids. She often reminisced about the fun she had during her 15+ years of managing the Columbia Falls Dairy Queen for Bill Barber in the 80s and 90s. She loved being in customer service and most recently her job at the Libby Rosauers where her smile was loved by so many who she interacted with. 

A private ceremony for family will be held at Ashley Lake next summer.


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