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Janice Kuphal

Janice Florene Kuphal, age 88, of Gaylord, Minnesota, passed away Friday, August 20, 2021, at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord. Memorial service will be Friday, August 27, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord. Gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, August 26, 4-7:00 p.m. and will continue one hour prior to the service, all at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Masks are recommended. Clergy officiating Rev. James King. Organist Jeanne Bruss. Congregational Hymns “How Great Thou Art”, “Borning Cry”, and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.” Urn bearers Janice’s Grandchildren, Paula Wolter Mattson, Rick Harbarth, Becky Harbarth, Katie Kuphal, Kristine Kuphal, Ryan Kuphal, Eric Kuphal, Erin Gerhardt, Kristin Fee, Kevin Kuphal, Tracy Strand, and Tim Kuphal. Janice is survived by her: husband, Marvin Kuphal of Gaylord, MN; Daughter, Barb Harbarth of Gaylord, MN, and her children, Paula Wolter Mattson and her husband, Todd, Rick Harbarth and his wife, Pam, Becky Harbarth and her husband, Jon Suedbeck; daughter, Betty Kuphal and her special friend, Linda Hallen of Brooklyn Park, MN, and her children, Katie Kuphal and Kristine Kuphal; son, Gary Kuphal and his wife, Carol of LaCrescent, MN, and their children, Ryan Kuphal and his wife, Shelby, Eric Kuphal, Erin Gerhardt and her husband, Peter, Kristin Fee and her husband, Joe; son, Greg Kuphal of Gaylord, MN, and his children, Kevin Kuphal and his wife, Crystal, Tracy Strand and her husband, Levi, Tim Kuphal and his wife, Jenna; 29 great grandchildren; sisters, Fay Ulrich of Clearbrook, MN, Cecelia Eliason of Willmar, MN; sister-in-law, Doris Martens of Gaylord, MN; brother-in-law, Karl Kuphal and his wife, Sue of Gaylord, MN; Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Janice is preceded in death by her parents, John Arnold and Florence Monson; parents-in-law, Martin Sr. and Esther Kuphal; sister, Carol Young; brothers, Merlyn Monson, Roland Monson, Darroll Monson; son-in-law, Larry Harbarth; sister-in-law, Deloris Swanson; brothers-in-law, Irwin Kuphal, Sid Kuphal, Albert Kuphal, and Martin Kuphal, Jr. Janice Florene Kuphal was born on August 13, 1933, in Nicollet County, Minnesota. She was the daughter of John Arnold and Florence (Lewellen) Monson. Janice was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on May 11, 1947, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lafayette, Minnesota. She received her elementary education at country school near Bernadotte, Nicollet County, Minnesota, and furthered her education through the middle of her freshman year at Gaylord High School. On November 20, 1948, Janice was united in marriage to Marvin Kuphal in Alfsborg Township, Sibley County, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with four children, Barb, Betty, Gary, and Greg. Janice and Marvin resided in the Gaylord area and they shared over 72 years of marriage together. Janice was employed as a school bus driver in Gaylord for many years. She also had other various jobs that included doing daycare, cleaning houses, and farming. Janice was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord. Janice enjoyed tending to her flower gardens, cutting the lawn, and spending time outside. She also enjoyed playing cards and most importantly spending time with family and friends. Janice passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021, at Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord at the age of 88 years. Blessed be her memory. Arrangements by the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at

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