In Memory of

Jana D. Brader

October 4, 1951 - March 13, 2011
Jan Brader, the daughter of Kenneth and VerDene (Anderson) Bramer was born on October 4, 1951 in Atlantic, Iowa. Her childhood years were spent in Audubon County where she attended school and graduated from Audubon High School. During her childhood, Jan enjoyed living on the family farm and helping with dairy cows. After graduation, Jan worked for the Audubon Newspaper in the photography room and helped in the proofreading department. Jan was married for a short time prior to being united in marriage to Tom Brader on September 4, 1976, in Audubon, IA. The family moved to Cherokee in 1978, where opened "Nana's Daycare" in her home and lovingly became known as "Nana" to the children she provided care for. Jan enjoyed teaching Sunday school and helping with little league with her husband. More recently she spent her time crocheting, reading, and watching NASCAR. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends. On March 13, 2011, Jan passed away unexpectedly at her home at the age of 59. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Bramer; two infant sisters, Marlene and Marlis Bramer; one sister, Lori Bertram; one nephew, Kevin Anderson; and grandparents, Hans and Clara Anderson. She is survived by her husband, Tom Brader of Cherokee, IA; four children: Aaron Brader and his son, Jason of Cherokee, IA, Bryna (Chris) Mann and their children, Darian and Bradee of Cherokee, IA, Crystal (Kyle) Samsel and their children, Ashlynn and Colton of Cherokee, IA, and Mary (Adam) Phipps of Lincoln, NE; mother, VerDene Bramer of Perry, IA; mother-in-law, Pauline Brader of Audubon, IA; as well as several nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, March 17, 2011, at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Rev. Magrey R. deVega
Visitation will begin at 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, with the family present from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Wednesday night
'On Eagle's Wings' 'Amazing Grace' 'The Old Rugged Cross'
Elk Horn Lutheran Cemetery Elk Horn, Iowa


Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry about the loss of your mom and your wife. I remember when we all hung around together and grew up together. She was a great person and very active in life. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Cindy Rowland (Peck)
Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“sorry to hear of your loss”
- elaine thorland
Monday, March 21, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Lee and Linda Jensen would like to express our sympathies for the loss of Jana......we were classmates of the class of 1970. ”
- Lee and Linda Jensen
Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Tom and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Jana's death. Please know that you and your children and grandchildren are in my prayers.”
- Joan Jacobsen Shaffer
Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Tom and family, my deepest condolences to all of you on the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be deeply missed. I am so sorry for your loss. Your are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Della Hinners
Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Tom, my deepest sympathy to you and the family. I was a good friend of Jana's in high school where we had alot of fun. Those were the days. My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Bonnie Tigges
Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Sorry for your loss.”
- Angie Hansen
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts, prayers & heart goes to all of you. I really wish I could be there to support all of you, but I will definitely be there in spirit. Please do not hesitate at all to get a hold of me if you need anything. She is always in our hearts & is now the greatest guardian angel we could ever ask for. ”
- Karyn A. Powell
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Tom and Family:

I know it's been a long time since you've heard from me, but Linda and I wanted you to know we heard of Jana's death and how sorry we are. Please accept our sincerest condolences to you and your family. And please let me know if there is anything we can do to help in your time of distress.

In Christ

Mark and Linda Bowers”
- Mark Bowers
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Tom and families,
Sorry to hear about Jan. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
Scott and Sally Wilkie”
- Sally A Wilike
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“im so sorry to hear about your loss.our prayers are with you guys”
- Melissa A. Eberly
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to learn the loss of your loved one.”
- Jane Weins
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Tom and family, there are no words to express my sadness of Jan's death. And I know it is minimal compared to yours. She will be in my heart forever, as she has been for 40 plus years. I have many memories of all of you. Fun, good memories. I can hear her laugh as if she were standing beside me. This woman had many names of endearment - wife, mom, grandma, nana, daughter, sister, aunt, sister-in-law, coach and my favorite, friend. Because that's what she always was to me. I will treasure our long friendship for the rest of my days. She can say hi to Scott for me. My prayers are with you and God's blessings also.”
- Kathie Hockenberry
Monday, March 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My condolences to you Tom and your family. Stay strong.”
- Walter & Rose Thomas
Monday, March 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathy to Tom and family on the loss of your wife, mother, and grandmother. Jan was so proud of you all and enjoyed so much the time she spent with family. I know how much she looked forward to spending time with her grandchildren and watching them grow. May God grant you peace at this time and fill your hearts with special memories of the love you all shared.”
- Sandy Gustafson
Monday, March 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Tom & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is never easy especially when it was so unexpected. Take Care.”
- Deb K Mangels
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