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Janice (Jan) and Eugene (Gene) Nei

Posted By Ballard Sunder Funeral Home On June 1, 2022 @ 3:34 am In 2022,Obituaries | 7 Comments

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Janice (Jan) and Eugene (Gene) Nei were longtime residents of Prior Lake, and longtime parishioners of both St. Michael Catholic Church and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Jan, 87, passed away on December 16th, 2021, and Gene (Geno), 88, passed on March 19th, 2022. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at Lake Front Park Pavilion, 5000 Kop Parkway, Prior Lake, MN 55372, on June 21st, 2022 from 3-7 pm.  Father Jim Cassidy, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, will preside over prayers at 6:00 pm. There will be a private burial for Jan and Gene at the Credit River Cemetery. 

Jan was born on August 17th, 1934, and Gene on October 31st,1933.  They were married on September 24th, 1955 and raised 5 children in the Prior Lake community: Pat, Lauri (Mark), Barb (Greg), Paul (Lisa) and Julie (Mike). They were blessed with eight loving grandchildren, and eight wonderful great-grandchildren. They will be missed by family and countless friends & neighbors. Jan and Gene were deeply rooted in their Catholic faith and would go to great lengths to help family, friends, and strangers in need.

Jan enjoyed gardening, antiquing, crafts/craft show displaying, vegetable canning and volunteering at St. Michael Church and St. Joan of Arc Church.  She always enjoyed betting a buck on a game or two, and was a Vikings fan through and through! Geno was a teacher and coach at Prior Lake High School for 30 years and he loved the outdoors: hunting, fishing, training dogs and countless other things in nature. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame at his Alma Mater, Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, MN, where he was a Little All American football player and a Golden Gloves boxing champion. Both Jan and Geno had a love for Labradors, and dogs were a significant part of the family. Their dog Bodie will be attending the Celebration, and will be on the back patio.   

We remember so many times family and friends would “pop-in” and to say hi and share memories of stories about Jan’s craft business, Geno’s teaching and hunting adventures, or their time together at their cabin on Upper Red Lake. Jan and Gene had a shared love of sports: from the Olympics to the Twins and Vikings, they would often be found cheering on the athletes during a game or event. Stories and laughter were a strong presence at the Nei household and all were welcomed.  We invite you to attend their Celebration of Life, on June 21st, with hopes that you, too, will have your stories to share about Jan and Geno. They are forever in our hearts and memories.

Memorials may be directed to the Music Program at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Ave S, Mpls, MN 55419.

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Condolence from Myron Mikkelsen on June 2nd, 2022 7:17 pm

Everytime I would visit Prior Lake I always went to see Gene and Jan. It was always a blessing to hear his stories. One time he took me to his garage to show his wild flowe’re collection. I remember him saying, “Bet you never thought you’d see me with my butt in the air picking flowers!” RIP Gene, you are going to be missed.

Condolence from Jaeckels well drilling on June 28th, 2022 11:15 am

Wonderful people, Always enjoyed working on there water well. Felt like you knew them your whole life . My condolences to your family..

Condolence from Cheryl Burgess on June 5th, 2022 12:41 pm

So very sorry for your loss of two loved ones…sounds like they ate ones that will truly be missed in your lives..

Condolence from Kris Sayers on June 5th, 2022 1:13 pm

Julie & family, I am so sorry for the losses you have suffered. May God watch over all of you.

Condolence from Carol Thon on June 6th, 2022 6:35 am

My deepest sympathy goes out for all the families, & Paul & Lisa for the loss of your parents. I know the pain of your loss, as My husband Cliff passed away 3 months ago, & then my great friend Barb following. Hugs & prayers sent out for you Paul & Lisa, & the rest of the families.

Condolence from Conni Fearing on June 12th, 2022 7:09 am

I am so sorry for your loss of your parents. My deepest sympathies to Julie and a your entire family. May they rest in peace. My thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Bill White on June 20th, 2022 5:12 pm

My sincerest condolences to the Nei family. Mr. Nei was not only a teacher and coach for us, but was a partner with our dad in the sod business for one year. I wish I could share some of the stories that I have about Geno, but I dare not. He was a teacher, friend of the family and finally a colleague to me, and a fabulous man. He was beloved throughout Prior Lake for many years. Jan was a close friend of our mother (and us) also for many years. The two of them influenced more students and friends in PL than anyone could ever know. May God bless them and let perpetual light shine upon them.

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