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Janis M. Glapa

Janis M. Glapa

Janis M Glapa, age 82, of Menomonie, WI formerly of Rochester, MN passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Comforts of Home in Menomonie after many years burdened by Alzheimer’s disease.  

Jan was born in Magnolia, MN on May 28, 1939.  She was the daughter of Ernest and Myrtle (Lehmann) Kleine; the second youngest of seventeen children.  

She married Jerry Glapa on June 1, 1957.  They raised their family of three sons in Adrian, MN and Lewiston, MN before retiring to Rochester. Jan had a great love of children, reading, family, friends and was devoted to her Catholic faith.  She was a beloved and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother; her bread baking and entertaining style were legendary.

 Jan’s husband, Jerry and several siblings preceded her in death.  She is survived by sons Michael (Alison) of Menomonie, WI, Brian (Carol) of Andover, MN, Steven (Sonja Rouillard) of Milpitas, CA, granddaughters Laurie and Isabelle, grandsons Patrick, Joseph, Ruben and Edison.

Private interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Rochester, MN.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local public library.


  1. Bob Fiss

    I knew Jan from my association with Jerry in church choir and barbershop chorus and quarteting. I recall practicing at their house and Jan would have home made cookies for us after. Jerry also was a regular at our Friday morning breakfast at Grandma's Kitchen. Jan would have Jerry ready to go when I picked him up in his later days. They were both great people and I am glad to have known them.

  2. Margaret Frank

    I was so sorry to learn that Jan passed away. I worked with Jerry in Rochester in the early 90's, and Jan and he were so very kind and welcoming to me and my family. May God hold all of you in the hollow of His hand.

  3. Susan Schossow Halter

    Steven and family,
    My deepest sympathies on your loss. Keep your fondest memories close to your hearts.
    Susan Schossow Halter

  4. Toni Poll-Sorensen

    Sending my deepest condolences as you and your family grieve the loss of your mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. I hope you will celebrate her long life and the many gifts she gave you.

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