Janice Yarchan of New England died Saturday, August 8, 2009 at her home. She
Born June 26, 1947 in Redfield, S.D., she was the daughter of Howard and
Irma (Polak) Harmening. She was raised in Tulare, S.D. and graduated from
Tulare High School. On March 6, 1966 in New Ulm, Minn., she married Marvin
Phillips, and the couple lived in Indiana, Florida, and South Dakota. After
Marvinís death in 1994, Janice moved back to Indiana where she met Robert
Yarchan, whom she married in 1999.
She is survived by husband Robert of New England; daughter Valerie Johns
(husband Kyle) of Chesterton; step-children Rodney Phillips (wife Sharon) of
Westville, Sandy Miles of Eau Claire, Wis., Barb Phillips of White Bear,
Wis., Robin Phillips of White Bear, Deanna Nugent of Rensselaer, and Becky
Sanders (Jered) of Lake Station; grandchildren Erika, Kylie, Jacob, Teague,
Cardin, Evan, Jason, Melissa and Josiah; brothers Gary Harmening of Sioux
Falls, S.D., and Dennis Harmening (Debbie) of Arizona; sister Donna Matheny
(Wayne) of Gary; nephews Brad, Darin and Darel; niece Dawn; and three great
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, one nephew, one
stepson, one infant granddaughter, one infant niece and one infant nephew.
Janice worked various jobs including CNA, medical film recorder, nanny, and
house keeping supervisor. She retired from full-time work in 2000 and
continued to work part-time as a dietary aide until she became ill with
pancreatic cancer in 2007. Janice belonged to the New England Womenís Club
and the New England Quilting Club. She enjoyed baking cakes and sharing them
with the many people she knew in New England.
Inurnment was August 18, 2009 at Black Hill National Cemetery in Sturgis,
S.D. A memorial service will be Saturday, September 5, at 2 p.m. at Our
Redeemerís Lutheran Church, 1600 S. Heaton, Knox, with Rev. Timothy Miller
officiating. Visitation and luncheon will follow the service at the church.
Donations are requested to help defray medical expenses.