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Janice "Jan" Kay (Leonard) Derner

June 28, 1953 ~ December 5, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old

Janice "Jan" Derner Obituary

Janice "Jan" K. Derner, 70, of St. Paul, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul. 

A Celebration of Jan’s life will be held from 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. on Sunday – December 17, 2023, at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Parish Hall.  Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in St. Paul is assisting the family.  Memorials are suggested to the family for later designations.

Jan was born on June 28, 1953, in Omaha, Nebraska to James and Betty (Green) Leonard.  She attended St. Ann’s Parochial School through the 8th grade and graduated from Grand Island Senior High School in 1971. She was united in marriage to Ron Derner on December 29, 1999, in Texas.  They enjoyed their trips to Missouri and Texas where they spent time camping and enjoying the great outdoors.  Boating and fishing were hobbies they thoroughly enjoyed doing together, as well as attending various school and sporting events. When they weren’t cheering in the stands, you could find Jan out walking her dogs or cleaning.  

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Ron Derner of St. Paul; mother, Betty Leonard of St. Paul; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Rob Colgrove of Lincoln; son, Reed Anderson of St. Paul; 11 grandchildren, McKenna, Mason, Caleb, Ryder, Will, Cassie, Jared, Jenna, Joell, Amber, and Zach; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Linda Snyder of St. Paul, Kathie and Jim Walker of Grand Island, and Debbie and Donny Nealon of Brownsville, Oregon; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Mandy Anderson of St. Paul and Al, Angie, and Braxton Brennen of St. Paul. 

Jan was preceded in death by her father, James Leonard; stepson, Douglas Derner; stepdaughter, Tammy (Derner) DeLunger McKain; and nephew, Max Walker.

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Celebration of Life
December 17, 2023

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
7th & Elm St.
St. Paul, NE 68873


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