Janet “Jan” E. Behrens
Date of Birth
December 4, 1936
Wahoo, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
January 10, 2022
Lincoln, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Saturday, January 15, 2022 ~ 10:00 a.m.
First Lutheran Church ~ Fremont, Nebraska
Interment at Hollst Lawn Cemetery ~ Yutan, Nebraska

*The funeral will be live-streamed on Svoboda Funeral Home Facebook page.

Visitation Directions

Friday, January 14, 2022 ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska


Mead Public Library
316 S. Vine Street
Mead, NE 68041

First Lutheran Church
3200 E. Military Avenue
Fremont, NE 68025

Janet “Jan” E. Behrens, 85 of Mead, NE, passed away Monday, January 10, 2022 at Bryan East Medical Center in Lincoln. She was born December 4, 1936 in Wahoo, NE to Herbert and Eleanor (Starmann) Karloff. Jan graduated from Yutan High School and then went on to business school.

She was united in marriage on September 17, 1955 to Gayle E. Behrens at St. John Lutheran Church in Yutan.  She worked as a teller at 1st National Bank in Wahoo and as a farmwife.

Jan was a member of First Lutheran Church in Fremont, the Wahoo Saddle Club, the Twirling Eights Square Dancing Club for many years and she volunteered at the Mead Public Library.  She enjoyed baking, gardening, crafting, sewing, and sharing a cup of coffee with friends.

She loved summer visits from her family and she always enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities.

Jan is survived her children: Melissa (John) Young of Elkhorn, Kevin (Alice Jane) Behrens of David City, and Julie (Jack) Klosterman of David City; twin brother, Jim (Helen) Karloff of Hastings; grandchildren: Travis (Jaclyn) Kehr, Tyler Kehr, Kimberly  Cook, Emily Young, Malachi (Tara) Behrens, Hannah (Curt) Softley, Seth (Kara) Behrens, Ruth (Lucas) Briggs, Elise (Adam) Brown, Hank (Molly) Klosterman, Mary Klosterman, and Caitlin (Will) Suter; 12 great-grandchildren and two on the way; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert & Eleanor Karloff; husband, Gayle Behrens; sister, Carol (Burneil) Ecklund; great-grandson, Samuel Softley.

Condolences for Janet “Jan” E. Behrens
  1. Bette Nygren & Family
    • January 12, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    A life well lived for the Lord and a dear friend.

    • January 12, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    Melissa, Kevin and Julie, I was saddened to hear about your mom’s passing. She always brought a sense of joy when with her. Your dad and mom were great people and their memories continue to bring a smile to my face. May God give you comfort and peace as you celebrate your mom’s life and new life in heaven.

  3. Anonymous
    • January 12, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    so sad to learn of Janet’s passing. Did not expect it so soon after her birthday.
    She was always upbeat and positive.
    Our deepest sympathy to all her friends and family.

  4. fred and marilynne bergman
    • January 12, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    Our deepest sympathy.

  5. Lon and Carol Bohling
    • January 12, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    We extend our sympathy to you. We are thankful we were able to get to know Jan and Gayle through our couples’ Bible study at church. They were great people and were a blessing to others in so many ways. Jan was always proud of her children and their families and we know she was a special mother and grandmother.

  6. Laura Gray
    • January 12, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, Melissa, Kevin, Julie and families. Sorry to hear about your mom’s passing, we know she will be missed! She was a wonderful, joyful person to be around always! We have lots of fun memories. Especially glad you had the 85th Birthday party for her and we were able to enjoy that time with her.

  7. Brad & Deb Lensch
    • January 13, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    Our Deepest Sympathies to you all! She was such a patient and pleasant woman! Love, Hugs and Prayers to you All!

  8. Kaye Roels
    • January 13, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    I am so sorry for your family’s great loss. I always enjoyed time spent with her. Cherish your many precious memories. Love, hugs and lots of prayers.

  9. Mary
    • January 13, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    Such a lovely lady! Her sense of humor always made me laugh! She will be missed by all associated with the library!

  10. Theresa J Hull (Brabec)
    • January 13, 2022 - 2 weeks ago

    So very sorry the loss. Sending Sympathy to the family.

  11. Sharon Olson-McGrath
    • January 14, 2022 - 1 week ago

    Melissa, Kevin and Julie, I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I have so many fond memories of going to the farm on Memorial Day. Sending my condolences as I need to miss the visitation as I am quarantining. Prayers are with you all.

  12. Ray & Myrna Meister
    • January 14, 2022 - 1 week ago

    We are so sorry to learn of Jan’s passing. She was a blessing to our circle and others at First Lutheran. We have missed her sweet smile and personality for some time now at church. Our condolences.

  13. Lori Haller
    • January 15, 2022 - 1 week ago

    Our prayers for your whole family. She was always so kind and talked about her grandkids the last time we visited with her at my moms house. Truly a gem!

  14. Sylvia Jacobson
    • January 15, 2022 - 1 week ago

    I am so sad and sorry, Janet was my dearest cousin, and I wish I could call her once more! Her kindnesses, love for her family, her cooking, hospitality, her “always ready to go and do”, her wonderful sense of humor! So thankful for her life well lived! My love, sympathies, and prayers to her family!

  15. Diane and Bill Fromm
    • January 15, 2022 - 1 week ago

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was a dear, caring friend to our family and I have many great memories of fun, creative, thoughtful things she did for us. I’m sure going to miss her when I come home for visits. Love and prayers!

  16. Charles Karloff
    • January 15, 2022 - 1 week ago

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Chuck and Doris

  17. Tim Pehrson
    • January 16, 2022 - 1 week ago



  18. Eileen Thornburg
    • January 16, 2022 - 1 week ago

    Dear family of Jan,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.
    I met Jan at First Lutheran many years ago &
    enjoyed attending Bible Study with her. She
    was devoted to her faith & family and was a
    delightful lady.
    Sincerest sympathy,
    Eileen Thornburg

  19. Pastor Mark and Caryl Grorud
    • January 20, 2022 - 4 days ago

    Our sympathies to all the family. Jan was such a wonderful kind and gentle woman. We know she will be greatly missed. We are thinking of all of you. God’s peace be with you.

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