Janice Braasch

Janice Braasch

Janice Braasch, 83, of Rising City, died Saturday, April 27, 2024, at the Butler County Healthcare Center in David City.

Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, May 3, 2024  10:30 a.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Shelby, Nebraska   Rev. Andrew Litt, Celebrant

Visitation Thursday, May 2, 2024  5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. Rosary, all at the Church.

Committal at a later date, lunch at the legion hall immediately following mass.

In Lieu of flowers, plants and statues, memorials may be made to the family for future designation.


Janice Alt Braasch was born April 26, 1941 on the family farm northeast of Shelby to Fred and Florence (Koester) Alt.  She attended country school at Bluffton, Dist. 20 and graduated from Shelby High School in 1958.  Following graduation she worked in the news department of the Columbus Telegram where she met Robert Braasch.  They were married Febuary 16, 1963.  She continued to work for the Telegram and in 1967 started working as a bookkeeper at Rising City Public Schools.  During that time she also kept books for Farmers Coop Oil and left the school to work for two years for Farmers Cooperative Business Association.   In 1975 she returned to the school and remained through the merger with Shelby Public Schools.   The newspaper stayed in her blood and for several years was a free-lance feature story writer for the Telegram.  She was always pleased when one of her stories was picked up by the Associated Press and "went out on the wire" with her byline.

Janice was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shelby, she sang in the choir and served as a reader.  She served for 13 years on the Board of Directors of Butler County Health Care Center, volunteered at the Annie Jeffrey Thrift Store in Osceola and served on the board of the Shelby Community Library.  Her hobbies included a passion for golf and played with the "Golf Gang" for nearly 25 years.   If there was a holiday tour of homes she would be there and another favorite was researching new restaurants.  Chances are her friends know which one was her favorite.  She enjoyed traveling, be it going to Germany with Bob to visit his relatives and their exchange student/daughter Eva Buchkremer, or trips with friends to several European countries, Ireland, Iceland, Panama, Puerto Rico, Columbia and Kenya.  A highlight of the Kenya trip was playing golf on the Equator.

Janice wanted to say, "Thank you for being a friend"!

She is survived by her son Greg (Carmen) Braasch of Omaha, Daughters Laurel (Ken) Potter, Kerry (Shane) Hinkle all of Rising City.  Grandchildren Theresa (Hunter) Gillotte, Taylor and Jenna Potter, Austin and Monica Hinkle and great-grandson Ashton Gillotte, sisters-in-law LaDean Braasch, Dorothy Lewis of Seward and Jean Alt of Osceola.

Janice was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob (Feb. 9, 2013), one week before their 50th wedding anniversary, daughter Theresa Lynn, Brother and Sister-in-law Don and Pat Alt, sister Virginia Lippstreu, and brothers-in-law Dean Lewis, Dale Braasch and Jim Lippstreu.

The family would like to note that Janice had written her own obituary.