Janyce Elayne Freiheit, of Spring Valley, Minn., passed away on July 15, 2023, at her home. She was 64 years old.
Janyce was born on October 25, 1958, in Leroy, Minn., to parents Earl and Geraldine Sawdey. Janyce married her life-long partner and best friend, John Freiheit, in 1977, who preceded her in death in 2022.
Janyce and John had four children together and she spent many years at home raising her family. Later in life Janyce worked as a housekeeper.
Janyce was a loving, headstrong, and outgoing person who had a passion for life and an adventurous spirit. She enjoyed a variety of hobbies and activities, including horseback riding, reading, travelling, playing the piano, and working through crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed taking rides through the countryside with John, something they would do regularly throughout their lives together. Janyce had a special spot in her heart for her dog Reni, who was always by her side over the last few years.
Janyce is survived by her brother Gary Sawdey, her brother-in-law Nicholas Freiheit, her four children: Jason, Jaimie, Josy and Jessica; and three grandchildren. Janyce loved all of her children and their significant others Tina, Chris and Johanna deeply and counted them among her greatest blessings.
Janyce was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Geraldine Sawdey, her brother James Sawdey, and her husband John Freiheit.
A memorial service for Janyce will be held at a location and time to be determined. Details will be shared once a date and time are finalized.