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Jan Brader, age 59 of Cherokee, passed away suddenly Sunday, March 13, 2011, at her residence in Cherokee. Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. A private family burial took place on Friday in Elk Horn. Greenwood Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements . Online condolences may be sent at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
Jan Brader, the daughter of Kenneth and VerDene (Anderson) Bramer was born on Oct. 4, 1951 in Atlantic. Her childhood years were spent in Audubon County where she attended school and graduated from Audubon High School. During her childhood, Jan enjoyed living on the family farm and helping with dairy cows.
After graduation, Jan worked for the Audubon Newspaper in the photography room and helped in the proofreading department. Jan was married for a short time prior to being united in marriage to Tom Brader on Sept. 4, 1976, in Audubon. The family moved to Cherokee in 1978, where she opened "Nana's Daycare" in her home and lovingly became known as "Nana" to the children she provided care for.
Jan enjoyed teaching Sunday school and helping with little league with her husband. More recently she spent her time crocheting, reading, and watching NASCAR. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Bramer; two infant sisters, Marlene and Marlis Bramer; one sister, Lori Bertram; one nephew, Kevin Anderson; and grandparents, Hans and Clara Anderson.
She is survived by her husband, Tom Brader of Cherokee; four children: Aaron Brader and his son, Jason of Cherokee, Bryna (Chris) Mann and their children, Darian and Bradee of Cherokee, Crystal (Kyle) Samsel and their children, Ashlynn and Colton of Cherokee, and Mary (Adam) Phipps of Lincoln, Neb; her mother, VerDene Bramer of Perry; her mother-in-law, Pauline Brader of Audubon; one uncle, Alan Bramer of Perry; as well as several nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL on Mar. 31, 2011