In Memory of Janice Amberson

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Janis Amberson age 77 of Prescott, Wisconsin, died September 30, 2021 at the Prescott Nursing and Rehabilitation Community. Janis was born on September 20, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama; the daughter of Andrew and Nona Faye (Sanford) Amberson. She was raised in Birmingham, Alabama where she graduated from high school and attended Birmingham Southern College. She would further her education at the University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia, where she received her Ph.D in psychology. Janis devoted her career to helping others. She took great pride in helping those afflicted by attention deficit disorder. Over the years, she worked at the University of Minnesota as well as the Mayo Clinic in Red Wing.

In 2001, she was united in marriage to her best friend Burton Levy in Minneapolis Minnesota. Together they found their little slice of heaven outside of Prescott where are they made their home into a prairie restoration. She truly loved the outdoors and appreciated the little things such as wildflowers and prairie grasses blowing gracefully in the wind. It didn’t matter what time of the year, as she enjoyed cross country skiing and always looked forward to her trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. Her outgoing and upbeat personality will be missed by all of those who had a chance to meet her.

She will remain in the hearts of her husband Burt, daughter Laura Lochen (Stead), son-in-law Bill Lochen, and her beloved granddaughter Katheryn ‘Kat’. She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband Eston Stead.

A private celebration of her life will be held later this month. Memorials may be directed to The Prairie Enthusiasts in her memory. Cremation Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Prescott; 1339 Orrin Road, PO Box 154 in Prescott, WI 54021.



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  • Jan –
    You were such a wonderful Spirit and your mind — oh my word!! — a vital a precious tool that was!! So many people will bemoan the loss of the corporeal remains of this world, but that mind, that Spirit, it is now FREE!! You had such fabulous and enriching ideas on how treatment of disorders of the young could be better managed to the betterment of the individual, to the person being not labeled such as “helper’s” speaking of young humans: “Ok, that’s the OCD in 3; he’s unmedicated and his roomie is a just loaded narcissistic personality with schizoid-affective. Have the restraints ready tonight!”

    Jan identified with the whole spirit, the being, not the outer pretense of personae, the attendant masks and costumes we all put on (N95, of course!), to fulfill our roles, never the worlds, carefully maintained on separate planes of existence, never the one knowing of the other’s life.

    Jan didn’t live behind pretense, behind masks other than the approved N95-98 masks for COVID-19, for she had no need, and knew her time in this life was far to precious to waste it pretending, waste it being who or what she was not. She was such a blessed Spirit, living by all the rules of the Christ not because they were His teachings but because they were the some of the only good ideas from a man of that you.
    *– treat others as you would want them treat you.
    *–love others as you love yourself.
    *–love your neighbors as you love yourself.
    So simple, so straightforward that a woman almost must have whispered into his ear!! (Sorry, Lord, my love! Just playing with you

    Jan, like the Savior, lived in 1 plane of existence. And that was the plane of love. In that place Ester and Jan created Laura–a child with a portion of the Spirit of her mother: the quick wit, the intelligence (Jan will always be the highest on that plane of everyone, hands down), and the ready, gentle, genteel smile of the proper Southern lady 😉 Yep, “a proper Southern lady” describes Laura and her Mum naught!! But they together set the bar and kept raising it higher and higher: help all who you hear need helo; don’t abandon a friend just because you both got your respective noses out of joint, real friends are far too precious.

    And love all whom you are granted, keep those on the edge of the circle healthy for they are the ones whom your Mum loved most — they carry your Mum’s Spirit to help you in the future.

    Never forget. For she never did; she just lost the keys for the filing cabinets of her memory files (mighty glad she was that she didn’t put them someplace electronic and forget the damned password!

    “I won’t ever really forget you, Laura,” she said, “I will have you in my mind, I will have you in my eye, and no matter what else may be around, you will always, always and forever, be in my heart. You don’t forget someone you had to go into labor to meet!!”