Janice Rita (“JR”) Slama 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.
Born March 11, 1958 to Alvin and Rita (Rohde) Slama in Cavalier, she 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 her.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Jeff Slama.
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, Wis., Sally (Wayne) Waltz of Langdon, and Julie (Jim) Vierzba of St. Cloud, Minn., and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, September 22 at St. Alphonsus Church at 1010 Third Street in Langdon, ND, at 11 a.m. with an hour visitation at 10 a.m., followed by a luncheon at Noon open to all those who attend the Mass.
Interment will be after the luncheon at Union Cemetery in Osnabrock, next to her beloved parents and brother.
We will all forever carry the best part of JR in our hearts.