Janet M. Dean

Janet M. Dean

Mar 3, 1940 – Aug 6, 2017

Preceded in death by husband, Walter; brother, Tom Kyral; sister, Pat Cormaci.  Survived by daughters, Julie Lingelbach (John) and Katherine Colchin (Jeremy); grandsons: Ryan, Brandt, Nathan, and Matthew; granddaughter, Valerie.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 9th from 5pm to 7pm at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd., with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL on Thursday, August 10th at 10:30am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive.  Private Interment, Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.


Janet Marie Margaret (confirmation name) Kyral (maiden name) Dean was born on March 3, 1940, to E. Grace and Joseph Kyral in Omaha, Nebraska. She joined Patricia Ann, who was about 4 years old at the time. E. Grace had a nervous breakdown after Janet was born (not because of Janet), so Janet’s Grandmother, Sophie, had her for about nine weeks. (Sophie didn’t like Janet but was kind enough to help E. Grace out.) When Janet was six years old, she and Pat were joined by their brother, Thomas Joseph.  E. Grace did not have a nervous breakdown after Tommy Joe was born because she knew no one would take him for her considering his disposition.

Joe worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and E. Grace was a registered nurse. Her parents’ deep faith led Janet to her friendship with God. Janet graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She was the first in her family to graduate from college. While attending Creighton, she worked for her mother as a nurse’s aide at St. Catherine’s Hospital, as an Easter Bunny for Brandeis Department Store, a receptionist for Dr. W. J. Holden, a billing clerk for Ross Transfer,  and as a secretary for the Corps of Engineers.

Upon graduation, Janet moved to Denver, Colorado where she lived with her dear friend, Shari Fredrick. She worked for IBM Corporation in Niwot, Colorado as an executive secretary to the assistant plant manager and taught speech in their education department. On June 29, 1969, she married Walter R. Dean and they built a home in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. They moved into this home the day she was released from the hospital after giving birth to Julie Ann Dean. She did not work after Julie arrived.

In 1974, they moved to Omaha. In 1979, Katherine Marie was born. Janet started a business in her home, the Data Dean. Untrained on the computer, she purchased one and taught herself how to use it. She worked at home until 1986, when she went to work at the Career Institute as a computer instructor. Soon she was promoted to assistant education director. In 1989, she joined the University of Nebraska at Omaha as coordinator for the faculty senate. She also began instructing in the Metro Community College’s computer program at night.

In 1994, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. During this time, her mother was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and died in February of 1995. In 1995, Janet went to work full time for Metro Community College as the academic skills administrator at Lucent Technologies in their Employee Training Opportunities Program.  In 2000, Janet joined Boys Town as their human resources training and development manager and retired from there in 2005. During this time, she was diagnosed with Liposarcoma and they co-existed to her death.

In April 2015, she was diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer. She fought that journey for three years past the expected time frame with the help of research, medical staff and wonderful people at UNMC and the Buffet Cancer Center and her faith.




  • Mark, Chris, Gabby, Josh & Alison (FLOTT) Posted August 7, 2017 5:48 pm

    Our hearts, hugs, thoughts, and prayers are with all of you. We love you all so much and are always here for you. Your mother will never be forgotten.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Genie Shumaker Posted August 24, 2017 11:51 am

    Dear Julie – and all of Janet’s beloved family,
    My sincere condolences on the loss of your Mother (and Grandmother)< Janet. She was a remarkable woman who saw the best in others. Her kindness and loving personality will stay with me. During my years at the Village Point Cancer Center, I knew we connected. Janet was truly special. I've been keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers for peace. I believe will we meet again in the life hereafter. Be gentle with yourselves in the upcoming days and months. Please know others care. Love, Genie – the Medical Receptionist at the VP Front Desk. (Now at Specialty Care Center)

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