In Memory

Janice Lee Purkapile (Olsen)

Janice Lee Purkapile (Olsen)

Janice, 72, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Center. 

Janice Lee Purkapile, daughter of Eugene and Mildred (Whitney) Purkapile, was born February 7, 1942 in Pierre, SD.  She grew up in Pierre, graduating from TF Riggs High School in 1960. Following her graduation she enrolled in the Rapid City Business College where she received her degree.  It was out in Rapid where she met the love of her life, Ron Olsen.  The two were married in Rapid City on July 13, 1963.  The couple later moved to Watertown, SD where Janice worked for a home daycare.  The couple lived in Watertown for 23 years before moving to Sioux Falls where Janice worked for the Volunteers of America daycare center.  Most recently she ran her own day care out of her home.  She retired in 2007.

In her free time Janice enjoyed doing various crafts and camping with family and friends.  Above all she loved to spend time with her family.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed by all those who shared her life.

Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Ronald Olsen; four children, Ronald Olsen, Jr. (Lois), Jeffery Olsen, Jo Legg (Keith), and Daryl Olsen (Kimberly);  8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild.

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04/23/14 08:32 PM #1    

Dorothy M. Huckfeldt (Neddermeyer)

To Those who knew and loved Janice:

Janice may you have an easy and speedy journey home.

It is difficut to find the words to somehow lessen the loss that you feel when your loved one crosses beyond this earth and your presence. 

You know that Janice is in heaven, but that does not fill the void you feel; the silence where there was a voice; the space of her being now empty.

You also know that Janice is not really gone. She is with you and around you even though you speak now with love and memories instead of with words directly with her.

If you listen with your heart, you will hear her words of comfort. Janice will send her love to those who loved her and remain behind.

I remember Janice as if it was yesterday. She had a great sense of focus and purppose beyond what was before us. She had kind and thoughtful words for everyone she knew and mankind too.

Although she is no longer in body, we shall meet again in spirit.

Love and Light,

Dorothy M Huckfeldt Neddermeyer


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