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Alice Ellen Janchar

d. March 16, 2024

Alice E. Janchar, 91, left her earthly home on March 16th, 2024. 

She was born to James S. Bowder and Elizabeth Stearns-Niebolte on June 25th, 1932, in Duluth, MN. She graduated from Moose Lake High School in 1951. She was a member of the 4-H Club and was a beautiful, talented artist! Her love of animals and nature brought her a lifetime of joy!

She married the love of her life, Joseph Ralph Janchar and together they had six children. Alice would spend hours knitting and sewing items for her many friends and family members! She was an extremely talented baker who carried on her Slovenian heritage tradition of creating ethnic foods with her husband Joe. Apple, walnut, cream, and crackling poticias and their famous homemade pasties were some of their favorites, which have now been passed on to her children!

She was a member of the KSKJ Lodge and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in New Duluth where she was extremely involved with the numerous activities and fundraising events, such as pastie sales, cleaning and caring for the church, helped with annual church dinners and bazaars, and was member of the Women’s Council, Eucharistic Minister to name a few. She was also very musical and spent years singing with The Singing Slovenes. Alice enjoyed attending the Minnesota Vikings home games with friends and family! Her love for family was the driving factor in her life and she spent much time planning and attending family gatherings. 

Alice was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth and stepdad Henry (Hank) Niebolte; husband, Joseph Janchar; daughter, Kathy Janchar; granddaughter, Kimberly Glowacki; great grandson, William Louis Hansen; brothers; James (Mary Jo) Bowder, John Bowder, Frank Niebolte, and Adrian Bowder.

She is survived by her children, Jane Glowacki, Patty (Bob) Nephew, Mary (Rick) Tourville, Joseph (Jennifer) Janchar, and Susie (Scott) Baker; grandchildren, Kari (Matt) Lewis, Lynn (Scott) Hansen, Tammy Peterson, Steven Nephew, Dillon Tourville, Marissa Tourville, Joseph Janchar (Nikki Ojibway), Gabrielle Mercado (Manny), Robert Baker, Alayna Baker, and Brendan Baker; great grandchildren, Tedy Hansen, Luke Hansen, Joven Peterson, Marlee Janchar, Manuel Mercado, and Jordyn and Jolee Janchar; Alice’s sisters, Virginia Stavrum and Betty (Peter) Steward; Alice’s sister-in-law, Dorothy Janchar; and many nieces, nephews, and countless “forever friends”, including her new friends at Elysian Senior Homes!

The family wishes to thank everyone at Elysian Senior Home and Gentiva Hospice Care for their unwavering kindness, compassion, and support.

A memorial service will be held at Dougherty Funeral Home (600 E. 2nd St., Duluth, MN 55805) on Friday, March 22nd at 11am, with visitation one hour prior. Interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Superior, WI. 

Funeral arrangements by Williams-Lobermeier-Boettcher Funeral Home.

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Visitation

Friday, March 22, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Dougherty Funeral Home

600 E. 2nd St., Duluth, MN 55805

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Memorial Service

Friday, March 22, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

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600 E. 2nd St., Duluth, MN 55805

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Interment

Friday, March 22, 2024

12:45 - 1:15 pm (Central time)

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