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Janice Y. Daly, 81

Janice Yvonne (Monnie) Daly, “Jan,” age 81, of Loretto, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place Sat., Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto, with a gathering of family and friends at the church, one hour prior to the Mass .

Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

Jan was a wonderful mother and friend to many, always welcoming, warm, funny, loyal, altruistic, devout and kind. She loved her book clubs, her church groups, any gathering of friends and family.

A great cook and baker, she spent much time planning for good meals and treats, making lists, shopping . . she called her family in from outside for dinner by ringing a loud bell (it worked!). Jan made someone feel important with a red ‘You Are Special’ plate at the table.

She was frugal (still used the original ironing board from the beginning of her marriage), and was a genuinely good person. Jan would never call herself a feminist, yet she believed in the strength and independence of women.

She was a devout Catholic, and she lived her faith every day. She had no patience for rude people or robo-calls. Jan enjoyed Elvis Presley, the Celtic Women, “Little House on the Prairie,” and Judge Judy. She was a member of the Snow Birds, a family snowmobiling club, and loved weekend runs, often ending up at The Choo Choo for wings at the piano bar.

Jan appreciated the lake life; sunbathing on the dock, the sound of water lapping at the shoreline, watching the kids waterski (she tried it only once . . . didn’t “get up,” but didn’t let go of the rope either). She particularly loved the Cross Lake cabin, family weekends there, games of Hearts with her kids, and games of Spoons with the grandkids.

She enjoyed crocheting, and every one of the grand and great-grandkids received a blanket.

Jan was born in Browerville. She moved to Minneapolis after high school, where she worked as a secretary, and met her husband Bill at an after-work party. They married in 1960.

The family moved to Lake Sarah near Loretto in 1972, and joined the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Jan was very active in the church, on committees, sponsoring confirmation candidates, perpetual adoration, and more. She made pilgrimages to Medjugorjy and shrines; to Italy, to Ireland . . . Jan loved to travel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Catherine (Fisher) Monnie; her brother, Dennis Monnie; her husband of 58 years, William ‘Bill’ Daly; and her son, Daniel Daly.

Jan is survived by five children; Colleen (Kevin) Wald, Shannon (Ron) Winterhalter, Megan (Jeff) Dobberpuhl, Tim (Tracy) Daly, and Sean Daly; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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