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“Janice and Alma were quite the pair, i did much remodeling for them and nary a cross word was said. which is hard when remodeling usually there is a...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Richard Papousek - Colome, SD

“As a native of Carthage, I knew Janice when I was a little boy. I remember her as a kind, sweet and intelligent girl.Many years later, talked to her...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: William C. Campbell - Henerson,, NV

“Janice became a friend as I would return to Gregory to visit my parents (Mabel & Ross Greer). I often shopped @ Milady's and could find something(s)...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: Alta Greer Empkey - omaha, NE


Janice Larae Wolf was born on June 6, 1932 to Reynold and Audrey Wolf in Beadle County, SD. She died March 26, 2016 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD after a lengthy battle with pulmonary disease at the age of 83.

Janice was baptized as a baby and confirmed in her faith at the Congregational Church in Carthage, SD.

Janice attended school in Carthage and graduated as Valedictorian of her class in 1950. She attended Business College for one year in Huron, SD. Upon graduation from there she started working for Northwestern Bell in Huron. She moved to Yankton in 1954 to live with her high school and close friend Chelaine Munger Nelson. Janice did not enjoy her job there and moved back to Huron where she continued to work with Northwestern Bell until 1962. She transferred to Sioux Falls until 1966 when she made a decision to try the political world.

Upon moving to Pierre, Janice worked as a secretary to Governor Nils Boe. When his term was completed she moved to the Attorney General's office to work for Attorney General Gordon Mydland. During these years in Pierre she began her friendship with Alma Larson.

In 1973 Janice and Alma left the political arena and moved to Gregory to start a new venture in their lives. They purchased and opened a dress shop called The Milady's Shoppe. They operated the store for 22 years.

Janice was very active in her church, Union Congregational Church. Her interests were working with the Republican Party and volunteering at Wears n' Wares thrift store. She was also involved with the Alzheimer's Support Group. Last but not least, Janice enjoyed just visiting with her friends and family.

Surviving Janice are three nieces, Melita (Larry) Hauge, Susan (Dennis) Smith, and Linda (Joe) Davis; and one nephew, Branch (Lynette) Wolf. Also honored to share her life are great nephew Jason (Erin) Bisbee and their five children, Tristan, Adelyn, Nolan, Lincoln, and Ryan, great nephews Tanner Wolf and Jeremiah Sapien, and great niece Taryn Wolf (Matt Blaseg).

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Phyllis Wolf Freed, her brother Arlyn Wolf, niece Beverly Terbell, and best friend Alma Larson.

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Funeral services for Janice Wolf, 83, of Gregory, SD, were held Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Union Congregational Church with Pastor Tim Voigt officiating. A visitation and prayer service was held Friday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home.

Taryn Wolf and Matt Blaseg were in charge of registration.

Music was provided by DeNalda Fortuna and Jeanie Kotrba, pianists, and Geoff Smith, soloist, singing "The Lord's Prayer." Congregational songs were "Amazing Grace," "Because He Lives," and "God Will Make a Way."

Margie Capparelli and Ev Jess were in charge of flowers.

Casket Bearers were Larry Hauge, Dennis Smith, Jason Bisbee, Tanner Wolf, Tim Larson, and Steve Matthes.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Janice's great and great great nieces and nephews.

Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Iroquois, SD.