Jan King of Orrock, Minn., danced her way into heaven after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 74. Jan died peacefully in her home Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, surrounded by her family and friends.
Even though there will be no funeral or memorial service held, we know our mother would love and appreciate it if, in honor of her memory, you could reach out to a friend or family member in need, or one with whom you’ve lost time. Call them, cook for them, laugh with them, or buy them a drink, and then forgive them. “Life’s too short to dwell on sh*t.”
Jan was born Oct. 15, 1945. She married Willie King and together they owned The South Haven Pub in South Haven for 16 years. Willie preceded her in death in 1984. Jan was an expert in the kitchen, and she rocked many bar and restaurant establishments since then with her incredible cooking and work ethic. She never did officially retire.
Jan was a caretaker of anyone who needed a helping hand. She never allowed anyone to go hungry, or to sleep at night without a bed and a roof over their heads. She placed no judgment, and all were forgiven.
Jan lived without regrets. She loved a stiff drink, a self-rolled cigarette, and ripping open some pull tabs all while joking and laughing with friends and family. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, which made perfect sense.
She is survived by her five children Tim Bergemann, Doug Bergemann, Bob (and Cathy) Bergemann, Jeff Bergemann, and Donita (and Tom) Knaus, as well as seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.