Janice Ellen Kohler, age 84 of Princeville, Hawaii, formerly of Detroit Lakes, MN died June 28, 2021.
Janice Kohler was born November 14, 1936 in Duluth, MN to Joseph and Frieda Germain. A student of Duluth Public Schools, Janice graduated from Morgan Park High School and graduated with a B.S. degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She taught public school in Hibbing, Proctor and Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. After a 35 year teaching career, Janice and her husband Ronald Kohler, decided to move to the tropical town of Lakewood, Colorado.
Janice and Ron enjoyed their well-earned retirement and had numerous adventures traveling the world. Ever lured by their adventurous spirits, they moved west to California and spent several years in Arnold, California followed by the even more west Oakland, California. Still nudged by a call westward, they eventually settled in Princeville, Hawaii on the northernmost island of Kauai. Her favorite spot in her new home was Hanalei Bay where she spent hours practicing tai chi, watching the waves and looking for turtles.
As a young adult, Janice was an avid fisherwoman and hunter. Paradoxically, Janice had an intense love for all living things. She never met an animal she didn’t like (and who reciprocally adored her) and she only saw the best nature in people. Followed closely by her love of animals and people was her love of chocolate. Granted, dark chocolate was her favorite, but in a pinch, she could do milk chocolate.
Although family and friends now have a better chance at winning the dice game she loved so much, Janice will be dearly missed by her daughter, Lynn Christensen (Joy Brahmst), stepson Michael Kohler (Cheryl Kohler), brother and sister-in-law Rev. Donald L. Germain and Carole L. Germain. She also leaves behind nieces, nephews and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald Kohler, stepdaughter Pamela Kohler and first husband, Stanley Christensen.
In celebration of Janice’s life, we will be doing a “paddle out” in Hanalei Bay. If you wish to honor her memory, you can donate to the Hawaii Wildlife Fund: https://www.wildhawaii.org/donate/