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May 20, 1928 ~ December 12, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Funeral services for Janice Fliehs, 95, of Claremont will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 16th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Groton. Rev. Jeremy Yeadon will officiate. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.
Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 12:00-2 p.m.
Janice passed away December 12, 2023 at Bethesda Home of Aberdeen, where she resided since June of 2023.
Janice Mae Lilja was born on May 20, 1928 in Aberdeen to Hjalmer and Lydia (Sippel) Lilja. She attended country school in Claremont Township and graduated from Groton High School in 1946.
On September 25, 1946, she was united in marriage with Irvin Fliehs at the Lilja farm home near Claremont. The couple established their 1st home on the Pur-Lee farm, in West Hanson Township. It was here that two sons were born to them.
In 1950, following the death of Janice’s father, Hjalmer Lilja, they moved to the Lilja farm in rural Claremont. Their family was completed with the addition of one son and two daughters. Janice and Irvin worked as partners on the family farm which included producing grain crops, raising livestock and poultry and milking cows. Through the years, they continued working together in several business ventures including Fliehs Dixon Lawnmower Sales and Service.
From 1986-2003, Janice and Irvin spent their winters enjoying Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. They introduced the area to their children and grandchildren and many of them still enjoy the area yet today.
Janice spent many hours in her vegetable and flower gardens. She took great pride in her gladiolas that she would deliver to family and friends in the community.
Janice helped form the Junior Farmers 4-H Club and was the club leader for 20 years. All of their children kept Janice and Irvin busy for many years, attending county and state fairs. Janice spent countless hours and years writing the Claremont News for the Groton Independent.
Janice was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, including its Ladies Aid and Nursery Circle. She also belonged to the Claremont American Legion Auxiliary and the Groton Garden Club.
Celebrating her life are her children, Larry (Val) Fliehs of Groton, Gary (Pam) Fliehs of Hermosa, Lorin (Julie) Fliehs of Groton, Shirlee (Larry) Frohling of Groton, and son-in-law, Robert Wegner of Groton. Janice is also survived by 14 grandchildren: Lance, Jeff, Dawn, Bret, Lynde, Kalli, Tigh,Amber, Matthew, Jarod, Jonathan, Sarah, Amanda and Amy and 35 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death was her husband in 2004, her daughter, Jeanette Wegner and her sister Betty Olson.
Casketbearers will be her grandsons.
Honorary Casketbearers will be her granddaughters and great-granchdildren.