Janice O’Brien, age 69 of Braham, died at her home surrounded by her family on July 14, 2019. A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 18th at Strike Life Tributes – ISANTI. The memorial visitation will begin at 4 P.M. until service time at 6 PM.
Janice Lee O’Brien was born February 6, 1950 in Savannah, Georgia to Ellsworth and Lucy (Westlund) Lindell. Because her father was in the Air Force, Jan was raised and attended many different schools but she did graduate from Cambridge-Isanti High School, Class of 1968. In 1970, Jan married Lennis Hansen, they had two children and were together eight years. In 1979, she married Bob Buckingham, merging families for twelve years. Then in 1995 she married her eternal companion, Dennis O’Brien, and they made their home in rural Braham. Jan worked at the State Hospital in Cambridge and then retired from the Department of Corrections. She was a Minnesota State employee for over 30 years. Jan was a member of Siloa Lutheran Church of Braham. Her hobbies and interests included quilting, volunteering, Bluegrass festivals, shopping, investing time in her Swedish heritage and genealogy, being with her family, wintering in Texas and any other crazy ideas she would embark on.
Jan was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in January of 2017. This form of leukemia has a predicted life expectancy of only 5 months, but Jan showed her courage and strength by fighting it for two-and-a-half years. The family would like to thank the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for their care and compassion. Jan was the kind of wife and travel companion, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister that others strive to be. She was extremely dedicated to each of those who loved her. Her energetic spirit made her a joy for all to be around and her positive perspective on life will carry on through each of us.
Jan died on July 14, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Gary Lindell. Jan is survived by her husband, Dennis of Braham; 4 children, Kelly (Steve) Witter of Ramsey, Craig (Erika) Hansen of Braham, Brandon Buckingham of Mora, Jason (Amanda) Buckingham of Willmar; 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Darlene (Jim) Edin of Minneapolis, nieces, nephews and by many other relatives and friends.