Janice Merkel, 68, of Spring Valley

Janice Merkel

Janice Ann Merkel, 68, of Spring Valley, died unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

She was born in Minneapolis on Oct. 20, 1950, to Claus and Della (Kaerls) Ubben of Blue Earth, Minn.

On July 22, 1972, she was married to Leslie Harold Merkel. Together they had three girls, Sara, Stephanie and Abbie.

She worked as a licensed practitioner nurse (LPN) at Methodist Hospital in Rochester. She was later employed at Duebers in Spring Valley. She farmed as a partner and milked dairy cows for 33 years with her husband. 

She was a Girl Scout leader and later served on the Girl Scout council. She volunteered as a band mother and enjoyed gardening and caring for houseplants, morel hunting, putting puzzles together and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Leslie Merkel of Spring Valley; her daughters, Sara (Lee) Cronkhite of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Stephanie Merkel of Minneapolis and Abbie (Frank) Romero of Gardena, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Siggy, Frank, Olivia, Chloe and Josefina. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Claus and Della Ubben.

Private family services for her will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24. A public visitation will follow from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley.