JANSON, Bernice Catherine (Krpan)
Bernice passed in the company of her family on the morning of December 24, 2013. She was the 8th child of Nikola and Kate Krpan, both of whom immigrated to California from Lika, Croatia, and was born on Feb. 2, 1930 in Sacramento. She attended Sacramento High School and City College before working at the Department of Motor Vehicles, where she worked for over 35 years. She married John Robert Janson on April 7, 1961. Preceding her in death are parents, Nikola and Kate; husband, John; brothers, Michael, George, John, Nick, Ralph, Joe and Emil and sister, Manda. She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Hesse (Robert), beloved grandchildren Nikolas, William, Rachel and Samuel and step-grandchildren Logan and Chase Kerns. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Dick Janson (Ellen) of Yreka and children Ashleigh, Allison (Baird), and Amber Janson. She was also the adopted mother of Mark Olivier Raymond of Belgium, Barbara Nano of Italy, and Christiane Pause of Germany, all foreign exchange students who occupied a very special place with her. She also adored COL. (ret.) Andy M. Pennardt of Augusta, Georgia. She is survived by nieces Christine Draper (William), Annette Bergen (Marc), Melinda Krpan, Margaret Krpan, Antonette Giglio (Ralph), and nephews Peter Krpan, Michael Krpan, and George Krpan and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. Bernice was involved in the Croatian Cultural Center, where she watched her grandchildren dance and spent many happy afternoons socializing at the Croatian Extravaganza. Her last years were spent tending to her garden and her beloved border collie Lilly. She spoke to her good friends daily on the telephone, namely Nancy Bloomfield and Pearl Tadesco, making sure 'all woke up.' She was the last of the Krpan first generation, and will be very much missed as the family matriarch.
Family and friends are invited to a Visitation at Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger Funeral Home on Thurs, Jan 2 from 5-8pm, 5401 Folsom Blvd in Sacramento and the Funeral Mass on Fri, Jan 3 at 10am at Saint Mary's Catholic Church, 1333 58th St in Sacramento. A celebration of her life will be held following the Mass from 1-4pm. Photographs of the family would be appreciated. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mercy San Juan Medical Center 'Infusion Center' on behalf of the Krpan family.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Dec. 29, 2013