Janice Herink

Janice Herink 86
Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, March 5, 2016
10:30 A.M.
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Leigh, Nebraska
Rev. Rod Kneifl, Celebrant

Friday 5-7:30 P.M.
Wake Service 7:30 P.M.
Visitation Saturday 9:30-10:30 A.M.
all at St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Catholic Church
Leigh, Nebraska

St. Mary's Cemetery
Leigh, Nebraska


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Janice Herink, 86, of Leigh, died Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Brookstone Acres in Columbus.

Janice Herink passed away peacefully on March 1, 2016 at Brookestone Acres in Columbus. Funeral
services will be Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Leigh, NE.
Visitation will be from 5:00-7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4th at St. Mary’s Church with a rosary to
follow at 7:30 p.m. Kracl Funeral Chapel in Schuyler is in charge of the arrangements.
Janice Mae (Petersen) Herink was born to Henry and Frances (Sperl) Petersen on April 29, 1929
in Stanton, NE. Janice grew up in rural Stanton and graduated from Stanton High School in 1946. She
attended Midland College in Fremont and graduated with her teaching degree. Janice accepted a
teaching position with Leigh Community Schools where she taught third and fourth grades for three
years. It was during this time that she met her husband, Eugene “Gene” Herink.
Janice and Gene were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Leigh, NE on September 20,
1952. Together they raised five children: Richard, Jennie, Russell, Jackie and Julie. Janice and Gene
lived in Banbury, England for the first two years of their marriage while Gene was in the U.S. Air
Force. They returned to Leigh after Gene was discharged from the service and began farming southeast
of Leigh. They lived on the family farm for 34 years until moving to Leigh in 1988. Janice moved to
Prairie Village Retirement Center in Columbus in 2014. She was a resident at Brookestone Acres since
September 2015.

Janice was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and an excellent role model for her
children and grandchildren. She truly lived her life devoted to faith, family and friends. Janice was
also actively involved in her church and community throughout her life. She was a member of St. Mary’
s Altar Society and sang in the church choir for many years. She was a member of the Sucha Post 302
American Legion Auxiliary, a founding member of the Keynoters singing group and served on the Leigh
Community School Board for many years. After moving to Leigh, Janice attended daily mass and this
became an important part of her life. She served on the Leigh Town Board for several years, and
worked when needed at the Leigh Public Library, and as a receptionist in the village office and at Leigh
Elementary School. Janice enjoyed spending time with her family and having coffee and lunch with her
many friends in Leigh and Stanton. Her hobbies included travelling, shopping, reading, baking and

Janice is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Rich and Lanelle Herink of Lincoln and Russ and
Chris Herink of Leigh; daughters Jackie Herink of Columbus and Julie Herink of LaVista; son-in-law
John Kemler of Omaha; grandchildren Trent (Maria) Cooksley, Adam (Shannon) Herink, Jessica
(Gary) Sharp, and Matt Kemler, all of Omaha; Ben (Dusty) Herink of Hastings, Luke (Liz) Herink of
Meridian, ID; Megan Herink (Titus) of Portland, OR; Joey Kemler of San Francisco, CA; Sam
(Adrian) Herink of Leigh; six great-grandchildren and many relatives and friends.
Janice was preceded in death by her husband, Gene (1990), daughter Jennie Kemler (2009), her
parents, brother Robert Petersen, sister Lorraine Busch, niece Peggy Benson, and other relatives.