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Janeane Renee Kaster

September 29, 1955 - November 2, 2022

Janeane Renee Kaster passed away on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022 at St Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Janeane Kaster was born on September 29th 1955 to parents James and Lavina Gilbert in Virginia Minnesota. She was the oldest of 4 kids. Jan was a graduate of Mt Iron Buhl High School and  then she attended The Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She married Duane Kaster in 1981 and they had two children, Jamey and Ryan.  Like many in her family before her Jan worked in the iron mines for a time at Minntac and as a server at Country Kitchen, then worked as a telephone service representative for a number of years at Finger Hut in Eveleth and then Delta/Anthem before retiring in the fall of 2020. 

Jan always enjoyed taking care of her family, especially her children and grandchildren and loved cooking and making sweets for them from recipes from her family and church cookbooks. For decades Jan was an avid gardener, with a robust green thumb. She loved family reunions and weekends camping in nature in her years prior to retirement. In her latter years her favorite past time was spending time talking to her mother and sisters on her porch in South Grove, and spending time on her deck or near her flowers with family in Pineville. She was often heard saying ‘I just love sunshine’. She had a deep appreciation for the simpler things in life, such as bicycling with her children when they were young and singing or showing them her favorite songs – which often included her also singing to her animals that she absolutely loved. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, where she rejoiced in Christ and family.

Her deep love for her family was only matched by her love and faith in God. A devout Christian heavily involved in the church, and a staunch Democrat; Jan also loved her community and fought for and supported many causes throughout her life including women’s rights, gender equality, reproductive rights, Animal rights, LGBTQ equality, and importantly: Environmental conservation, Cancer research as well as regularly donating to several charities for children. She was a selfless woman, and a warrior of love determined to only create happiness for those around her. She will be missed dearly, however, her boundless love and many selfless acts will live on and continue to inspire the hearts of many.

Jan loved to laugh and had a wonderful sense of humor. In fact, her laugh is well known by many for being joyful and warm. She was a friend to all that knew her. She lived her life with the mantra: Be kind.

Janeane was preceded in death by her father, James and is survived by her husband, Duane; children, Jamey (Rebecca), and Ryan (Jesse); grandchildren: Emma, Connor, and Steven; her mother, Lavina; siblings: Brian, Jolene (Pi), and Elaina; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

A celebration of Janeane’s life will be held at Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Aurora on Monday November 14th at 11am.

Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

5 thoughts on “Janeane Renee Kaster”

  1. I will miss you dear friend. I enjoyed seeing you each day at work. You had the most infectious laugh. A person could not help but laugh too. Rest in peace

  2. Ryan Kaster says:

    I love you momma. Or as I would misquote Marty Robbins, ‘my mother my mother my mom’.
    We are still here thinking of you. Emma, myself Jesse and dad. We love you and miss you so much.

  3. Jamey Duane Kaster says:

    I love you mom I miss you very much.

  4. Peter Esala says:

    So sorry for your loss

  5. emma kaster says:

    I miss you grammy, i miss your hugs and that contagious laugh. i miss just being able to talk to you. i love you so much.

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Monday November 14, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, S 2nd St E, Aurora, MN, USA