A wake was held on June 28, 2018, for Janice Rita (“JR”) Slama, who peacefully entered her eternal rest at J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Park, Minn., on June 23, 2018, after a fierce battle with dementia.
Interment will be at a later date at Union Cemetery in Osnabrock.
Janice Rita (“JR”) Slama was born March 11,1958 to Alvin and Rita (Rohde) Slama in Cavalier. JR grew up on a farm in North Dakota. She graduated as Salutatorian of her class from Milton High School in 1976 and earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a minor in Aviation from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in 1981. She went on to live most of her life in Eagan, Minn. and have a successful business career working for Soo Line Railroad, Norwest Mortgage, and Northwest (Delta) Airlines. A long-time Democrat, she was very active in the DFL party from 2007 until 2016. During that time she never missed a senate district caucus or convention. She was a state delegate to the convention and held the positions of precinct chair and director of the senate district, and volunteered for numerous other activities. She had a voracious appetite for life. She was passionate about playing softball, gardening, dancing, bargain shopping, playing cards, and anything chocolate (the darker the better). We will always remember the home-made salsa and beef jerky she would preserve and gift to family and friends. She generously volunteered her time and energy for causes including the Humane Society, Junior Achievement, Lewis House, and the Twin Cities Metro Paint-a-Thon. Her wonderful and witty sense of humor was infectious and will be greatly missed.Family was always important to JR. We will all forever carry the best part of JR in our hearts.
We would like to extend our deep gratitude to the outstanding staff of Decatur House who gave JR a wonderful and enriched home life over the last 16 months. We also offer special thanks to North Memorial Hospital and Hospice in Robbinsdale, MN and J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Park, MN for their loving care of JR in her final days.
JR is survived by her sister-in-law Joanne (Jeff) Slama of Columbia, MO, her brother Jerry Slama of Maplewood, Minn., her sisters Kathy Slama (Bob Spomer) of Spicer, Minn., Carol (Dave) Mitchell of Michigan City, Ind., Louise (Frank) Maixner of Blaine, Minn., Cindy (Joe) Stokes of Coon Rapids, Minn., Mary (George) Wilson of Plymouth, Minn., Debra (Larry) Larsen of Westboro, Wisc., Sally (Wayne) Waltz of Langdon, and Julie (Jim) Vierzba of St. Cloud, Minn., and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Jeff Slama.
Gearty-Delmore Funeral Home of Plymouth, Minn. was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Wedum Compassionate Fund at J.A. Wedum Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Park, Minn.