Obituary of Janis Ann Hradec
Janis Ann Hradec (nee Jackson) was born on a cold winter day on January 31,1956 to Doreen and Emerson Jackson at the Holy Family Hospital in Prince Albert, SK. She was the second of six children. She had a happy childhood and often reminisced about family gatherings with cousins, aunties and uncles which consisted of dancing, singing, card playing, eating, and enjoying each other’s company. As a young girl Janis pitched in, helping her mom with her youngest siblings. Helping children turned out to be her greatest skill for her entire working life. Her early school years were at Arthur Pechey and John Diefenbaker schools, she attended high school at PACI and graduated in 1974.
Her first place of employment was the new to Prince Albert, SK, McDonalds Restaurant. From there she spent a brief time in Edmonton, AB, working at a dry-cleaning business. Upon returning to Prince Albert, SK, she started working at the Development Center working with special needs children. Janis then moved to Calgary, AB, working in the retail business and a daycare center. Then again moving back to Prince Albert, SK, where she started work at the Prince Albert Rural School Division as a teacher associate. Janis was then seconded to the Catholic School Division to work at the Star Class Program, a very challenging and rewarding position. Janis helped children be the best they could be, she was firm but fair, and treated each child with respect. She was wonderful with kids and earned the admiration of the children and her co-workers. She earned numerous diplomas related to child education throughout her career with Saskatchewan Rivers School Division. Her career lasted for thirty-five years until she retired in 2018. Janis was our queen of ice fishing, quietly pulling out fish at Montreal Lake, SK, while her companions struggled not to get skunked. She also enjoyed summer camping and spent hours in the boat fishing with her family, gardening, canning fruit, and vegetables. That was an annual task she excelled in. She also attained a green belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Janis met her husband Ted in 1977 at Minowukaw Beach overflow campground at Candle Lake, SK. They were married on July 3,1982. They then moved to the farm in Steep Creek, SK. Janis thoroughly embraced country living despite having no running water in their house and wood heat for the first three years. Nothing better than the sound of water heating in a pot on the old cook stove on winter mornings. Janis could make any house a home with her excellent decorating skills. Janis and Ted moved into their present home in 1990 and were blessed with the arrival of their daughter, Angela Aren in 1994 who brought immeasurable joy to their lives.
Janis passed in the home she helped build on November 30, 2023.
She is survived by her daughter, Angela; husband, Ted; brother, Leeland (Pat); sisters, Valerie Bishop (Tom), Leah Elliott, Colleen Steffensen; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Doreen, and Emerson Jackson; brother, Samuel; niece, baby Brynn Lee Jackson; and brother-in-law, Ken Steffensen.
Interment and celebration of life at a later date. Memorial donations in Janis’s memory may be directed to the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Central Avenue North, RM of Buckland 491, Prince Albert, SK S6V 5S4.
Family and friends wishing to send online condolences are welcome to visit www.beaulacfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Beau “Lac” Funeral Home and Crematorium, Marianne Turcotte Funeral Director, and Jolissa Trudel, Prince Albert, SK 306-763-3322.