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Janice A. Merkel, 68

Jan 27, 2019

Janice Merkel

Spring Valley Janice A. Merkel, age 68, of Spring Valley, died unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Janice Ann Merkel was born in Minneapolis, on Oct. 20, 1950 to Claus and Della (Kaerls) Ubben of Blue Earth. On July 22, 1972, Janice was married to Leslie Harold Merkel.

Together Janice and Leslie had three girls, Sara, Stephanie, and Abbie. Janice worked as a Licensed Practitioner Nurse (LPN) at Methodist Hospital in Rochester. She was later employed at Duebers in Spring Valley. She farmed as a partner and milked dairy cows for 33 years with her husband.

Janice was a Girl Scout leader and later served on the Girl Scout Council. She volunteered as a Band Mother and enjoyed gardening and caring for house plants, morel hunting, putting puzzles together and spending time with her family.

Janice is survived by her husband, Leslie Merkel, of Spring Valley; her daughters, Sara (Lee) Cronkhite, of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Stephanie Merkel, of Minneapolis; Abbie (Frank) Romero, of Gardena, California; and five grandchildren, Siggy, Frank, Olivia, Chloe and Josefina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claus and Della Ubben.

Private family services for Janice Merkel were held Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. A public visitation followed at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley