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James C. Jansen, age 86, a lifelong resident of Cottage Grove died peacefully on October 11, 2021.
James was born June 30, 1935 in St. Paul to Bernard and Agnes Jansen. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from high school in 1953. His lifelong passion was working the land and caring for his animals throughout his life. He met Helen Sandkamp in high school but didn’t start dating until several years after they graduated. They were married on July 3, 1965 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park. They lived on the family farm where they enjoyed their lives and raised their four children.
Even in life’s difficult moments, he never complained and always had a positive outlook on life. Jim will always be remembered as a caring, kind, humble and generous man who loved his family. He will be missed dearly and will have some pretty large farm boots to fill.
He is preceded in death by his wife Helen; son Terry and parents Ben and Agnes. Jim is survived by children Joe (Donna), Carla (Brian), Pat (Deidre); grandchildren Alexandra, Erica, Kaitlin, Amelia, Noah; great-grandchild Charlotte.
Visitation will be 4-7 pm, Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at Kok Funeral Home, 7676 80th Street S., Cottage Grove. Mass of Christian Burial 11am Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at The Church of St. Rita, 8694 80th St. S., Cottage Grove with visitation one hour prior. Interment St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery, St. Paul Park. Memorials preferred to Our Lady of Peace Hospice Care or The Parkinson’s Foundation.
LIVESTREAM INFORMATION: For those who would like to participate in Jim's service via livestream, you can watch the service on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 11:00 am. It can be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of this page, and "CLICK PLAY" to begin. Please leave a message of support on our Tribute Wall to let the family know you were able to watch the service. If you are having troubles with the Livestream, the service will be available to watch later in the day.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
4:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Kok Funeral Home - Cottage Grove
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Starts at 11:00am (Central time)
The Church of St. Rita
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