Jane Marie (Larson) Faulstich

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February 2, 1938 ~ April 23, 2023

    Jane Marie (Larson) Faulstich, 85, Brandon, SD, died Sunday, April 23, 2023, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in, Sioux Falls, following a lengthy health battle.

   Visitation with family present will be 5-7pm, Friday, April 28, 2023, at Heritage Lutheran Church, Brandon, SD, with a short Prayer Service at 6:45pm. A Celebration of Jane’s Life will continue at 1:30pm, Saturday, April 29, also at Heritage Lutheran Church. Private Inurnment will be at the SD State Veteran’s Cemetery. A Live Stream link to watch live, click here https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87935095242?pwd=dVhIa3NuN3dMS2pWU1VJWFcza3o4QT09

   Jane Marie Larson was born on February 2, 1938, in Estelline, SD, to George and Sylvia (Bajuniemi) Larson. Jane grew up in Lake Norden and graduated valedictorian from Lake Norden High School. She went on to study nursing at South Dakota State University. It was during Hobo Days she first met Norbert. He said he picked her out while she was working on the nursing float and the rest just took care of itself. Jane and Norbert were married on April 4th, 1959, at Lake Norden Baptist Church. They honeymooned in Canada before moving to Ft Sill in Oklahoma where Norbert finished his army training. Their first assignment was in Frankfurt, Germany. Jane and Norbert lived the remainder of their lives together in South Dakota, finally settling for retirement in the Black Hills, just outside of Custer. They called their home ‘SEAGLITH’— Sell Everything and Go Live in The Hills. They moved back to Brandon four years ago, so they could be closer to family and love on their growing collection of great-grandbabies.

   Jane was a true polymath, excelling in many diverse fields of study. She studied nursing, worked in a science lab at the University of South Dakota, taught science and math at Whittier Junior High, got a Master’s degree in Education, and taught at the South Dakota School for the Deaf. Then she went back to school again and earned a degree in Computer Science. She worked as a programmer for Campus Management until her retirement.

   Jane was a woman of enormous intellect and academic achievement, but she also had a true artistâ’s heart. She was always creating. From porcelain dolls to stained and fused glass, to sewing clothes, quilting, knitting, and crocheting, her talents were boundless. Want some Hardanger? She figured it out. Tatting? She learned it. Hand-smocked clothes for her grandkids? On it. There was nothing she couldn’t do when she decided to do it.

   God bless Grandpa Norb when she entered her miniature phase!

   Jane was a Master Gardener and took great pride in her plants and garden. She was always perpetuating beauty as she moved through this world. And move through this world she did. As recent as four years ago, she sailed, jet skied, and wakeboarded all in the same day. She loved to travel to wherever her family and friends landed; Germany, England, California, Washington, Arizona, and Utah.

   But above all else, and if there is one last thing to say about Jane, she had an inspiring faith and loved Jesus well. And that love flowed out to whoever was lucky enough to know her.

Those left to miss her include her beloved husband of 64 years, Norbert; two daughters, Tammy (Bob) Eppens, and Heidi Ode-Woodside; grandchildren, Ashleigh (Billy) Haas, David (Suzy) Eppens, Tyler (Alesia) Ode, Paul (Kaitlin) Ode, Christian (Claire) Ode, Calvin (Kaitlyn) Ode, Kathryn (Eric) Ode-Eigenberg, Lincoln (Bailey) Ode, and Thomas Woodside; great-grandchildren, William and Jane Haas, Eliza and Lily Eppens, Oak and Ivy Ode, Beckett, Beau and Barron Ode, Thomas, Harvey, and Aurora Ode, and Burton and Sawyer Ode; and two brothers, John (Shirley) Larson, and Robert (Pamela) Larson.

   Jane was preceded in death by her parents, George and Sylvia Larson; her sons-in-law, Thomas Ode, and Richard Woodside.

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