Janice Ann Mason

Janice Ann Mason, 60, of Negaunee Township, Michigan, died Aug. 28 in the care of her family following a 19-year battle with cancer.

Mason was born May 3, 1961 in Leadville to Arthur J. and Mary Louise (Flinn) Bergstrom. She was raised in Buena Vista, and while attending Buena Vista High School, and for a brief time following graduation in 1979, she was employed as a welder for a company that built and painted bridges. Mason later enrolled at Colorado Mountain College, pursuing a nursing degree.

On March 15, 1980, she married John Mason.

After receiving her certified nursing assistant degree, Mason was employed for a few years as a nurse’s assistant. Friends and family said she touched many lives while also living in Oregon, Arizona and Nevada. She loved meeting new people and seeing new places.

When the couple relocated to Montana, she began another career in real estate. Friends and family said she was a trusted, valued and successful real estate agent because she put her clients’ interests first, gaining their confidence by genuinely caring about them.

In 2011, the Masons moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan when John accepted a position with Eagle Mine, now owned by Lundin Mining.  

Mason enjoyed being out in the great outdoors and enjoyed all that nature had to offer, from the changing of the seasons to fishing, skiing and snowshoeing.

She was the official photographer for the Bandit Ski Racing Team at Marquette Mountain, of which her husband was one of the racers. Mason enjoyed painting, hanging out with her friends and traveling with her husband in their RV.

Friends and family said her greatest joy and fulfillment came whenever she was with her grandchildren. They said she was happiest when they were together and spent countless hours playing, guiding and teaching them about the things she enjoyed.

Mason was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, John Bergstrom.

Mason is survived by her husband of 41 years; daughters Quintesa (Christopher) Crawford of Marquette, Michigan and Jamell (Dale) Richard of Roundup, Montana; grandchildren Cameron Wilson, Sethian Carter, Kylie Carter, Ashley Wilson, Cassandra Crawford, John Richard, Fawn Richard, Ann Marie Crawford and Matthew Richard; sisters Johanna Gardner, Judy Conner, Jeanie (Rick) Sebel and Juanita (Jim) Swisher; brothers Jim Bergstrom and Jack (Jerri) Bergstrom; and several nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held at 9 a.m. on Sept. 11 at Silver Creek Church, Marquette, Michigan, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mason’s memory may be sent to Silver Creek Church, 219 Silver Creek Rd., Marquette, MI 49855 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

Arrangements are with Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral Home of Marquette, Michigan.