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Jan M. Berry

Delhi, Iowa, and Gilbert Ariz.

Jan M. Berry was born in 1942 to Edwin and Ruby (Thisius) Jensen of Keister, Minn. She graduated from Keister High School in 1960. She later met the man she would marry, Darrel Berry, also of Keister, Minn. They moved around the Midwest until finally settling in Cedar Rapids, and got to the business of raising a family and making lifelong friends.

Jan was a homemaker and loving mother to her three children. She devoted her time to her kids and being a neighborhood mom to many kids of the "Center Street Gang." She and Darrel spent many summer weeks at Lake Delhi, where they eventually built a home and retired. She and Darrel also loved wintering over in Arizona, eventually splitting their time between Iowa and sunny Arizona.

She loved boating and socializing with her many friends on the lake, and her door was always open. She was always ready with a smile and a refreshment to greet friends and family popping in off the lake to eat, chat or visit. She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and was so proud of their achievements in school, track and showing cattle at the State Fair.

Jan passed away Friday, March 15, 2019, in Gilbert, Ariz., after a lengthy illness of cancer. She stood her ground and fought the fight like a champion. She was surrounded by family and friends who loved her when she passed. We will miss her beautiful smile and that sparkle that lit up her beautiful brown eyes.

Jan is survived by her son, Troy (Penny) Berry of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; her daughter, Shawn (Dave) Lock of Packwood, Iowa; four grandchildren, Payton, Taylor, Hunter and Scout Lock; brother, Dale (Pat) Jensen; sister-in-law, Karen Jensen; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Ruby Jensen; husband, Darrel Berry; son, Shane Berry; and brother, Don Jensen of Albert Lea, Minn.

A special note of thanks to her great friends for the support you gave her after Darrel died and her diagnosis of cancer. It is in these times that the true value of friendships cannot be measured.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday March 25, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories, 4200 First Ave, NE, Cedar Rapids, with interment to follow.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.

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