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Janet "Jan" I. (Schafer) Beilke
Janet “Jan” I. Beilke, age 85, of Alexandria, formerly of Carlos, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Arabella Manor in Alexandria.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Mount Carmel Ministries Chapel in Alexandria with Pastor Steve Walswick officiating. Music is provided by pianist, Mary Aalgaard and vocalist, Joy Ciaffoni. Interment is at Evergreen Cemetery, Alexandria.
Visitation is one hour prior to the service.
Janet Irene Schafer was born on Mother’s Day, May 10, 1936, to Leo and Iva (Tysver) Schafer in Hazen, North Dakota. Jan decided to commit her life to the Lord at the age of 16, and by God’s grace she stayed committed and continued to grow in her Christian faith throughout the years. Following her graduation from Hazen High School, she attended the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis and graduated in 1957. Jan returned to Hazen for a short period of time where she was employed as a secretary at a law firm. She moved to Illinois briefly where she was an editorial assistant at a Christian magazine for adults and children. In 1958, she moved to Alexandria where she served at First Lutheran Church as the church secretary and youth leader. On November 25, 1961, she married Ray Beilke and together they farmed near Carlos for many years. They adopted two boys and raised them on the farm. They enjoyed producing and selling specialty crops and forming many relationships in the process. Jan enjoyed being very active with church, teaching Sunday school for 30 years in addition to serving on the church council for many years. She led numerous women’s Bible studies for over 40 years and always found that the more she studied it, the more she realized there was so much more to learn. She was an avid reader and enjoyed discussing books. Her friends and family were very important to her, and she was especially proud of her two sons.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Jan is survived by her husband of 59 years, Ray Beilke; two sons, Joel (Julie Johnson) Beilke of Duluth and Neil Beilke of Miltona; grandson, Mac; sister, Joanne (Thor) Thompson of Brocket, North Dakota; brother, Jerry (Ardella) Schafer of Mt. Vernon, Washington; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials preferred to Mount Carmel Ministries.
Ray: I just became aware of Jan's passing while reviewing newspapers I had not read. I'm sorry she is gone. I enjoyed talking with her and her enthusiasm for what you grew. Such a positive soul!
Judith Ann Peterson Sep 17 2021 12:00 AM
Ray, Joel and Neil, I am so sorry for your loss. Jan will be truly missed. She was a huge part of my life and I will forever be grateful for her. There is comfort in knowing she is in heaven and in peace. I envision her already making new friends and visiting those who have gone before her. She will be forever in my heart as well as everyone she has ever met. With love, Kris (Krispy) and John
Kristin Austin Sep 7 2021 12:00 AM
Ray and family, Extending my condolences in the loss of Jan. She was such a sweet person. It was always a treat to visit with Jan and you. May God provide you comfort on your loss.
Marlys Costello Sep 3 2021 12:00 AM
Great memories of time my mom and dad (don and Jan larsen) spent with Ray and Jan. Asparagus, chickens, and berries. ? What a lovely woman. Hugs of comfort to all of you from the Larsens.
Shari maloney Sep 2 2021 12:00 AM
Jan was a wonderful woman and friend who fought the good fight for many years. She would have something kind and positive to say and always invited me to stay and visit longer. My sincerest condolences to Ray and the entire family.
Pete Woit Sep 2 2021 12:00 AM
Ray, I would like to share my heart-felt sympathy with you and your family. Visiting your farm and spending time with you and Jan at your dining room table was always a wonderful time. I will cherish fond memories of Jan, experiencing her humor, graciousness and those wild rides on the golf cart! Thank-you to both of you for being great friends to me. My prayers are with you.
Dan Langseth Sep 2 2021 12:00 AM
I am so thankful for the years we knew Jan. She was a wonderful person. You have my sympathy. My wife, Tolly, is with her in heaven, both free from pain.
Ken Tessner Sep 1 2021 12:00 AM
Such a kind lady. Always smiling. We bought chickens and other produce from Ray and Jan for many years. May God bless her memory to her dear family. Sandy and Bill Buckner
Sandy Buckner Sep 1 2021 12:00 AM
Ray and Neil, so sorry to hear about Jan. Trevor, our son, spent a lot of time at the Beilke farm when we lived in Milton's. Jan was very kind!! Linda and Buddy Itzen
Linda Aug 31 2021 12:00 AM
Neil and family, so sorry for your loss, prayers for you all. Anita and family
Anita Angen Aug 31 2021 12:00 AM