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Jeanette Jan' Shipstead
February 8, 1931 - August 27, 2020
El Cajon
Jeanette (Jan) Shipstead, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away in her home on August 27, 2020 after a long, productive and joyful life. She was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1931 during the great depression. The family moved to Minnesota when Jan was young. In high school and college she loved athletics and played basketball, volleyball and softball. She graduated from Marshall High School as class secretary. Her family moved near the University of Minnesota specifically so her brother could get an education. Although few women attended college at the time, Jan was determined to get an education herself and so attended the University and graduated with a teaching credential in 1952. Once she was old enough, she always had a job. She babysat, stuffed envelopes in an office and worked as a clerk in a dime store. During summer vacations she worked as a maid and waitress in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. She worked as a "soda jerk" in a drug store near the University and this is where she met Kenneth Shipstead, a dental student who became the love of her life. They married in 1953 and moved to Washington where she taught kindergarten for a few years. In 1957 they moved to La Mesa. Like many women of her generation, she gave up her career to raise her two children, Nancy and Paul. Jan and Ken joined the United Church of Christ of La Mesa where they met many lifelong friends. They were a gentle couple who gave generously to many charities and always tried to do the right thing in the world about them. They traveled the world, visiting Europe, India, Japan and Egypt. They explored China, Cuba and Russia before they were open to most westerners and boated with friends throughout France, and countless others. They had an active social life and could be seen dancing to a waltz at any party. When her children left home, Jan became a substitute teacher in Cajon Valley School District. Influenced by her Norwegian ancestry, she became interested in the Norwegian folk art of Rosemaling. She enjoyed this for many years and won prizes and ribbons at the Del Mar Fair. The family will be forever grateful to Joyce Lolli who began as Ken and Jan's "chef," then became Jan's friend and caregiver which enabled Jan to live out her life in her own home. Jan was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Ken. She is survived by her children Nancy Shipstead Cox (Brad) and Paul Shipstead (Janet) and grandchildren, Kelli, Kenneth, Hannah and Olivia.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Sep. 13, 2020.
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September 15, 2020
Nancy and Paul, your mom and dad were such kind and loving people. They always treated my mom, Olive, like family and for that I will always be grateful. When I think of them, I think of a life well lived. They were fortunate to have shared such a wonderful life together. Jan was an amazing wife, mother and grandmother. May your memories of your life with such wonderful parents bring you comfort. Sending love to you and your families...... Mary Alexis
Mary Nelson
September 13, 2020
Jan was a beautiful person inside and out. I have fond memories of her from UCCLM, church in general and from the choir. She always brought good energy and made folks smile.
Carol Rainey
September 13, 2020
Over the many years we enjoyed seeing Jan and Ken together at local community events. Living not too far from our home we would wave to Jan as she walked in the neighborhood. We send our condolences to her children and family during this sad time. Jan was a lovely person in so many ways.
Frank and Jenny Ferrone
September 13, 2020
I have wonderful memories of Jan and Ken, dancing like stars at our United Church of Christ (La Mesa) social events, telling Norwegian jokes and describing the the country's food (lutefisk!). For forty years, Jan sat next to me in the alto section, engaging happily in the church choir's anthems and cantatas--and she became a good friend. When our daughter was planning her wedding, Jan and Ann Catlin gave a lovely shower in her honor. Thank you, Jan, for your support of our church and your long friendship!
Ann M. Johns
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