Janice "Jan" Rae Bowar


Janice “Jan” Bowar, 76, of Winner, SD passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the Winner Regional Health Care Center in Winner, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 10:00AM at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner. Burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery in Winner. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from 6-7PM with a Rosary beginning at 7PM.

Jan was born December 17, 1942 to Harold and Gladys (Nelson) Dotzauer, the youngest of four children. She graduated from Howard, SD High School in 1961 and the Northwest College of Commerce in Huron, SD the following year.

In 1966 she married Gary Bowar. They lived in Yankton and Sioux Falls, SD, where Chad was born in 1968. After a year and a half in Urbana, Illinois, they moved to Winner in 1971, where Amy was born in 1972.

Jan worked as the executive secretary at Southern Plains Mental Health Center for 32 years before retiring in 2007. After retiring, she volunteered at Winner’s thrift store for 11 years. She was a member of ESA for 27 years, along with being part of “The Ladies” for many years.

Jan had a lot of interests and hobbies. She had a love of music and played piano and clarinet in her younger years. She loved to go dancing with Gary. She enjoyed playing cards and games, bowling, and dabbled in golf for a few years. Reading and crossword puzzles were also activities she enjoyed.

Decorating was one of her passions, from her home to displays at the thrift store. She was a skilled cook and baker, and her popcorn balls were in high demand at Halloween. Jan loved to socialize, whether it was bridge club, having coffee with friends or shopping trips with the girls. She was an avid sports fan, rooting for the Winner Warriors, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Cubs.

Her family was Jan’s pride and joy, from attending every school activity and event when her children were growing up to helping Gary with Tripp County Historical Society events in recent years. She loved to travel to visit her kids.

Jan is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gary; her son Chad and wife Leslie of Charlotte, NC; daughter Amy and husband Mike of Denver, CO; brothers- and sisters-in-law Joyce and Jon Graves, Joanne Ernster, Joe and Susan Bowar and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Cyril Dotzauer, sisters Shirley Clark and Marge Hopper, father- and mother-in law Joe and Doris Bowar, and brother-in-law Paul Bowar.