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Janet DeCraene 06/06/2017

Janet DeCraene websiteJanet Kay DeCraene, age 72, passed away at her home on June 6, 2017. She was born on November 12, 1944 to Gordon and Virginia Griffey in River Falls.  Janet graduated from River Falls High School and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at UW–River Falls. She married Dale DeCraene on August 21, 1976. After retiring from a long teaching career in Racine and River Falls, she devoted her life to rescuing dogs by serving as president of Cocker Spaniel Resources.
Janet is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Richard.  She is survived by her husband, Dale, brother Dale (Rita) Griffey, sisters Marian (Dave) Hoffman, Jeanne (Arie) Levy, and several nieces and nephews.  A private family memorial service is planned.   Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.


  • Deb Timmerman Posted June 7, 2017 3:11 pm


  • Su Benish Posted June 7, 2017 11:29 pm

    Jan is a wonderful friend. Her love for cocker spaniels and her experience in dog rescuing have brought joy and unconditional love to numerous families and dogs. Her Cocker Spaniel Resources family will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dale and family.

  • Sue Moriarity Posted June 8, 2017 12:39 am

    I had the pleasure of working with Jan at Westside Elementary in River Falls for many years. She loved teaching science to my 5th graders, and she believed in students discovering concepts through hands-on activities. Sending my heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

  • Michelle Kramer Posted June 8, 2017 1:43 pm

    Jan was such a amazing woman who gave so much to other’s. She will be truly missed by all.

  • Kathy Raidt Posted June 8, 2017 1:46 pm

    She will be missed by so many people. You have our condolences.

  • Linda Hofschulte Posted June 8, 2017 4:47 pm

    Prayers to Jan’s family. Please know she was greatly loved and admired.

  • Julia, Ralph, Riley & Jersey Fowler Posted June 8, 2017 7:28 pm

    Jan was a beautiful soul, woman, leader and friend.

    She was one of those people you just thought would live forever… it just wasn’t possible to imagine her anywhere else but here and doing what she loved to much. She was a precious, wise, soul with the prowess of a lion. Both strong and somehow beautifully merciful. My heart hurts to have lost her friendship and to say she will be sorely missed is a colossal understatement.

    Our love and prayers are extended to the family during this time of great loss.

  • Theresa Jonas Posted June 9, 2017 11:34 pm

    So enjoyed working with her, both with kids and dogs! So hard to realize she is gone! She will be missed by so many! My prayers to her family.

  • Joanne Posted June 10, 2017 5:41 am

    Loved Jan. Knew her thru CSR. She helped me rescue my very first dog Harpo who has passed and now my second cocker. Whom I love also now. An amazing woman whose love for dogs was part of her life path. She was truly loved by us and her rescue dogs. My sincere sympathy for her family and friends. We will all miss her.

  • Lucas Family Posted June 11, 2017 4:00 pm

    The Bible helps us to appreciate that God cares for us, and in the near future, there will be a time when God will “wipe out every tear” from our eyes, and “death will be no more” Revelation 21:3, 4. Please take care of yourselves and each other and know that our thoughts are with you.

  • Omar Posted July 4, 2017 4:15 am

    I remember the day Jan brought our Chloe pup to our house when we adopted her in Minneapolis. Jan was the kindest, warmest lady you’d ever met. I’ll never forget her. She is a wonderful women who well never be forgotten. Her passion for rescuring dogs was amazing.
    Los Gatos, CA

  • Betty Knowles Posted August 18, 2017 7:54 pm

    You are missed and not forgotten. Your legacy lives on!

  • connie cunningham Posted September 6, 2018 2:09 am

    what a wonderful human with a huge heart for the Innocents in the world!

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