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“Jane was a BIG part of my total school years. During our teen years, we had a group of 14 that were always together. She loved to sing, joke around...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Marge Belau-Glazier - TX - Friend

“Doc & family, my condolences to each of you! I didn't know Janey well, but had the pleasure enjoying her Christmas performances@ St. Joseph over the...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Ron Nikodym - Shawnee, KS

“Janie Malm was a wonderful gift to the community of Gregory. The memories will remain in our hearts forever. ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: George Boles - Gregory, SD

“I am blessed to have known Janie since we were in elementary school. A few years later we would become sisters. Janie had a twinkle in her eyes that...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Kathy Gooch - Medford, OR

“John and family,Our thoughts and prayers go out to you! What a wonderful, beautiful and loving woman Janie was! She will be missed greatly, but I...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Brad Adams - Tyndall, SD - Friend

“Thinking of you John and praying for peace and comfort for you. ”
6 of 20 | Posted by: Ruth Dobesh - Omaha, NE

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Malm family on learning of Janie's passing. It was our privilege to know the Malm family during our time...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Mark Krogstrand - Aberdeen, SD

“A beautiful, kind and gracious lady. Wonderful family. I was blessed to life to have known her and her family. ”
8 of 20 | Posted by: Kathleen Eide - St George, UT

“So sorry to hear of Janie's passing. She will be sorely missed by many. Prayers to you Dr Malm and your family. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Teresa Lanz - Lincoln, NE

“So very sorry for your loss. I'm sure the heavens are singing with their new beautiful angel. Hugs and prayers to you all. ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: Kathy Simpson - Burke, SD

“So sorry to hear of Janie " Running out of Carrots ". Bless Her Heart. She always had a smile for ALL. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Sherry Lindquist - Chamberlain, SD

“Sending prayers for healing. She was a beautiful lady she will be greatly missed. ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: Jane Leibel

“Hello Laura & family,Our prayers & thoughts are with you all. Praying for God's comfort & peace. Janie left us all a legacy of kindness and love! I...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Stacey Borts (formerly Chocholousek) - GA

“Our hearts reach out to all the family . Sending our sincere sympathy in your loss. ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: GARY ZIMBELMANN AND DELLA BOYD - SD

“Her voice . . . her beautiful voice. I can still hear it after all these years. My sympathy to you John, and your beautiful family. ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Monica Heibult-Pickard - Madison, SD

“So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful lady! God bless you all. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Lori Schaeffer - Winner, SD

“God bless and comfort this precious family. ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Pruitt - Jacksonville, OR

“I don't know if I ever saw your mom without a smile on her face. That says so much about someone. May you all find comfort in each other, knowing...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Torrie Ewoldt - Chester, SD

“Dearest Jane,Your smile, friendship, kindness, generosity, beauty, and love live on in our hearts. Rest in peace and may you always have an angel at...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Andy, Lori, and family Malm - MI

“My memories of this lady go back to when I first met her as a future mother in law for my son. She was very open to him and his father and I. She...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Barb Rozeboom - Pipestone, MN


God's Carrots.

A brave three-year-old girl was surrounded by a herd of half wild horses in the neighbors pasture. Her terrified mother screamed for her father to rescue her. Rafe told Jane not to worry because she would soon run out of carrots. Sure enough the horses ran off. Janie came back crying because they left. Rafe picked her up and promised her he would get her more carrots and her horses would come back.

The Lord gave Janie many carrots of talent to use in her life.

Listening and loving all of us. Singing and inspiring every chance she could. Cooking and welcoming us every day. Celebrating with each birthday and holiday year round. She loved the water, swimming and teaching the kids to swim and to water ski. She love the wilderness, camping, boating fishing and hunting.

She had to slow down the past 15 years, but found the fullness of life enriched with her two granddaughters and her dozen grandsons, more card games, more conversations with her friends and family and performing with Java Jives, her vocal group. She loved being a mom and raising all her daughters and their friends. The multi family trips to games was a treasured time for celebrating community and finding lifetime friendships. She delighted in the snow ski caravan trips and giving out the foolish skiing awards to the kids. Every kid got one, every time.

Janie grew up in the Rouge River Valley between pear orchards and horse pastures near Jacksonville Oregon. She was a tomboy trying to hang with her older brother Rafe. Her mother Jane taught her to sing, cook, ride horses and to act like a lady. It helped that she developed a world-class soprano voice and spectacular mane of thick long strawberry blonde hair, both good for a lifetime. She took nursing classes at Southern Oregon College and met a tall enough Nebraska farm boy named John Malm. They fell in love and married in 1970. Laura was born in 1970, Janie found being a mother was her true calling in life. Four years in Portland, Oregon followed for John's medical school. Jenny was born in 1973. We moved to Sioux Falls South Dakota in 1975 to train for three years with Dr. Lou Hogrefe in family practice residency. Christi was born in 1976. We moved to Gregory South Dakota in 1978 to start doctoring and raising our family. Janie loved all her friends and the community welcoming her with open arms. Katie was born in 1980. Janie relished singing at church, weddings, and funerals. In 1982 she starred as Calamity Jane, along side Nels Miller as Wild Bill Hickock in the community musical Calamity Jane. She enjoyed every day on stage, practicing, singing and enjoying her friends. She got very sick two weeks later, with kidney failure, progressing to dialysis in 1983. Her brother Rafe donated one of his kidneys to her in 1984, bonding us all into an even tighter family.

The Lord blessed her the next 34 years with a full and happy life, raising her family in Gregory. She tried to cheer and encourage all of us to enjoy our lives. She wouldn't let her daily struggles with her kidney disease get her down. God blessed us with her presence until last Thursday... I guess she ran out of carrots.

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A wake service was held Tuesday evening, April 10, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with G.W. Ekroth officiating. Elizabeth Malm sang "The Old Rugged Cross" accompanied by Laura Malm. The Java Jives sang "Seek Ye First." A time of memory sharing was held and more special music by the Java Jives joined by Kenley Udd and Geoff Smith for a couple selections.

The funeral service for Janie Malm, 68, of Gregory, SD, was held Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at 12 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jonathan Dillon as Celebrant.

Eileen Pinkerton and Elizabeth Malm were in charge of registration.

Music was provided by Katie Opp, pianist, and the St. Joseph Choir. Cantor was Doris Jelinek. Musical selections were "Amazing Grace," "Faith of our Fathers," "Prayer of St. Francis," "Song of Farewell," and "On Eagles Wings."

Lectors were Kurt & Kellie Stukel.

Altar Servers were Caleb, Kade, and Luke Stukel.

Gift Bearers were Jennifer, Catherine, Scotty, Thomas, and Mary Leonard.

Flower attendant was Loretta Bendz.

Casket Bearers were grandsons Zachary Haugen, Joshua Haugen, Scotty Leonard, Thomas Leonard, Johnny Rozeboom, Tye Rozeboom, Dusty Rozeboom, and Jack Bolander.

Honorary Casket Bearers were grandchildren Wyatt Rozeboom, Cody Rozeboom, Catherine Leonard, Mary Leonard, Dylan Bolander, William Bolander, and great grandson Michael Haugen.

Burial will be at a later date.