Janis Marie Haggstrom

Janis Marie Haggstrom
Feb 28, 1938 – January 11, 2021

Janis was born in O’Neill, Nebraska on February 28, 1938, and died on January 11, 2021, in Omaha.  She was preceded in death on August 7, 2020 by her husband Dr. John Andrew Haggstrom, and her parents, Gerald and Elizabeth (Bentz) DeVore.

Mrs. Haggstrom graduated from Norfolk Senior High School in 1956 as valedictorian and from Immanuel Hospital School of Nursing in Omaha in 1959.  After passing the Nebraska State Boards, she served as the lead Evening House Supervisor and in-service education coordinator at Immanuel Hospital.  Janis married John Andrew Haggstrom of Omaha on June 17, 1961 in Norfolk, Nebraska.

Mrs. Haggstrom served as the Director of Volunteer Services at Westside Community Schools from 1986 to 1998.  For many years, she was an active community volunteer, including the Metropolitan Omaha Medical Society Auxiliary for which she served as President, and the Nebraska Medical Association Auxiliary, where she twice served as Co-Chairman of the NMAA Convention.  She held the roles of Treasurer and President of the Friends of Children’s Hospital Board.  Janis was a member of the congregation at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in Omaha for more than 50 years where she served on the Board of Trustees and as a teacher.

Janis had many interests, an ever-curious and open mind, and enjoyed global travel after John’s retirement as a pediatric radiologist.  Much like was written about her Aunt Marie Bentz, “She matured into an intelligent woman who had a profound influence on the rest of her family members”.  Janis was the cornerstone of her family, serving as the caregiver of many generations.  Her loving and enduring influence has been written on the hearts of her children and grandchildren.

Janis is survived by her grateful sons Dr. John Haggstrom (Ann) of Omaha and Dr. David Haggstrom (Anita) of Indianapolis; and grandchildren Kathryn, Thomas, Andrew and Erik Haggstrom.

Memorial Service at a later date. Private Family Interment. Memorial contributions may be made to Westside Community Schools Foundation.


  • Pattie Helke Posted January 14, 2021 2:27 pm

    Very sorry. Moms are the cornerstone of a family and I know this is so difficult but she is at peace with your dad now.

  • Bob Kuzelka Posted January 14, 2021 9:39 pm

    Met Jan as a 9th grader at Norfolk Senior High. She was a wonderful member of a great group who have kept in close touch since then – almost 70 years. I remember her most recently at our 60th class reunion. A kind person who the Lord will gladly welcome to his peaceful place. My sympathies to the family. May your memories of Jan help in this time. Kuz

  • Thomas Forrest Posted January 15, 2021 9:02 pm

    My sincere condolences.
    I did not ever know your mom. I did work with her son John. She no doubt did a great job raising her family.

  • Sandralin (Sandy) Chi Posted January 19, 2021 4:02 pm

    I was a classmate of Jan’s at Immanuel. When I would come in for reunions Jan was always so gracious having us in for lunch etc. One time several us actually stayed at their home the entire weekend. Blessings to her sons & families! Sandy Chi

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