Janice Veire, age 81, of Ivanhoe, MN passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00a.m. on Monday, February 5th at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe, MN.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 6p.m. on Sunday, February 4th at the Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe, MN with a prayer service at 6pm.  Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will follow at the Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Ivanhoe, MN.  Houseman Funeral Home-Birk Chapel of Hendricks, MN is entrusted with the arrangements.

Janice Viola Veire was born April 21, 1942 in Hatfield, MN to Simon and Ethel (Ripley) Buffington, the youngest of 10 children. Jan married Loren Veire on November 18, 1961 in Pipestone, MN. They lived in Rapid City, SD, Pipestone, MN, and Rock Rapids, IA. In 1967 they moved to and made Ivanhoe, MN their permanent home. In 1975, Jan and Loren built Veire’s Mini Mart where they spent their remaining working years serving the community they loved. Jan was a dedicated member of the Ivanhoe Community Club, Divine Providence Hospital Board and various committees at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She was most proud of being an integral part of bringing a public swimming pool to Ivanhoe and enjoyed shopping for prizes for the pick-a-winner booth at the church festival each year.  Jan’s unwavering devotion to her Catholic faith was beautifully complimented by her love for her family. She looked forward to every family gathering and cherished the memories until the next one. She loved to travel and took many trips with her family and with her niece, Ellie. She was proud to have visited all 50 states over the years. When at home she loved to sit in the sun and read a good book, do a word search puzzle, or watch her tv shows and enjoy a glass of wine. But her greatest love was spending as much time with her family as possible. She was extremely proud of her 11 grandchildren, whom she called her “day brighteners”, and was overjoyed when her first great grandchild, Lincoln, joined the family in 2022 adding another “day brightener” to the family.

Janice passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD surrounded by her loving family.

Jan is survived by her five loving children: Jeff and Jeanne Veire of Sioux Falls, SD, Scott Veire and Tami Koopman of Ivanhoe, MN, Mike and Heidi Veire of St. Michael, MN, Michelle and Earl Berglund of St. Michael, MN and Greg and Janell Veire of Las Vegas, NV. She was adored by her grandchildren: Chad and Kristen, Chelsey, Molly and Caleb, Logan, Taylor, Riley, Austin, Jacob, Carson, Dayne and Alyssa; great grandson, Lincoln and countless extended family and friends.  Jan was welcomed into the kingdom of heaven by her husband Loren, who she shared 42 years of marriage with before his passing in 2003, parents Simon and Ethel, siblings, Orval, Kenny, Dudley, Leslie, LaVerle, Lois, Betty, Bonnie and Stanley and many more extended family and friends that she prayed for daily.

Her sudden departure to heaven comes as a shock that is greatly felt by her family and countless others who loved her so deeply. Blessed are all who were lucky enough to know and love her.