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in memory of

Rev Janis Harper

Rev Janis Harper

4th April 1952 - 25th October 2022


Mum left us peacefully on 25th October 2022 aged 70, in the comfort of her own home.

Life is not measured by the years you live, but by the love you gave and the things you did.

Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord.

Loving Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Friend.


A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Rev Jan will be held in St Mary’s Anglican Church, 195 High Street,

Kangaroo Flat on Wednesday 2nd November at 11.00am

(please enter the carpark from the street behind the church).

Following this service light refreshments will be served in the church hall. 

After refreshments the cortege will leave for the Maldon Cemetery, arriving at 2.00pm. 

In memory of Jan’s love of gardening, please wear a flower or something floral.


If you wish to join us at the service via livestream,

please return to the home page of this website and click on the livestream button.

The service will be live approximately 5-10 minutes prior to commencing.


For those who wish to farewell Jan in a more personal way,

there will be time available in St Mary’s Church on Tuesday between 2.00 and 4.00pm.

Funeral Livestream


24 responses to “Rev Janis Harper”

  1. Robin Innes says:


    I am heartbroken like a lot of others. We knew each other for 40+ years.

    Our children used to play together in Newman.

    I remember you came back to Western Australia (I am now in Tasmania).

    One time we had lunch in a quaint Swan Valley tea shop with Jo.

    Another time we went and had lunch with Trevor.

    I am very sure you were very proud of each and every one of your children.

    All my sympathies go to your children, who I am thinking of at this very hard time and I feel for them.

    Your friend
    God bless
    Robin (Innes)

  2. Gwynith & Geoff Young says:

    Although retired and terminally ill, Jan continued to give exemplary pastoral care, to us and to others.
    We thank her.
    – Gwynith and Geoff Young

  3. Rev Moira Evers says:

    The Reverend Jan Harper … a good and faithful priest … you have entered into the eternal embrace of The Christ.
    I will plant some sunflowers in your memory.
    Rest well dear Jan 🙏❤️🙏.
    – Rev Moira Evers

  4. Kyra, Mat, Jimmi, Marli & Paddy says:

    You were a wonderful person and guidance to us all.
    You will be missed.
    – Kyra, Mat, Jimmi, Marli & Paddy

  5. Judy Scales says:

    Deepest condolences to Jan’s family on your sad loss.
    Jan and I first became friends and classmates when we were 11 and starting at Springvale High School. Although I moved to Canberra at the end of that year we caught up as teenagers in Yarrawonga and I remember Jan visiting me in Canberra on the back of Doug’s motorbike. Since then I have greatly enjoyed seeing her in Melbourne and in Canberra. Jan was always a lovely, gentle and compassionate person and I know she will be greatly missed.
    – Judy Scales

  6. Shirley Delmenico says:

    Fond memories of your ministry and friendship.
    “Resting peacefully in God’s Loving Care.”
    – Shirley Delmenico

  7. Liz Hamilton says:

    Dear Jan became a valued member of our Christian Meditation group at the Bendigo North parish,
    and we will dearly miss her contribution and presence which was an inspiration to us all.
    Liz and Wendy (group facilitators).

  8. Evelyn Mortimer says:

    The Song of Memory…..when someone we love passes on beyond life in the world that we know and is gone, a beautiful sense of their presence,
    like music remembered by heart, lingers on….so now Jan is singing a song of praise before God’s eternal throne…..
    Evelyn Mortimer

  9. Deidre Ryan says:

    Past Parish Priest of Inglewood Anglican Parish, special friend of the congregation of Holy Trinity Bridgewater on Loddon.
    Founder in charge of our restoration appeal, walk of witness, and cafe breakfast at Inglewood primary school.
    – Deidre Ryan

  10. Julie Jackson says:

    Dear Jan,
    I loved working with you. You were so kind and compassionate.
    I remember our last catch up at the Sour Dough bakery.
    You were so happy to be in your new home and enjoying your garden so much.
    R.I.P. Jan I will always remember you.
    – Julie Jackson xxx

  11. Christine Coleston says:

    Rev Jan was such a special person.
    We had a beautiful lunch together many years ago in Swan Hill.
    Very few have the ability to become instant friends as we did.
    Am trying to find the link to your funeral. We are currently flooded in.
    Sending prayers & love to my dear friend 🙏❤️
    – Christine Coleston

  12. Andrea Stevenson says:

    Sweet-natured and wise; clever and fun; a beloved sister and a close friend.
    My life will be so much the poorer without you.
    Andrea Stevenson

  13. Pamela Lardner says:

    You were my support and guide in my darkest times.
    But above all you were a genuine friend.
    We had great times when we got together with our grandchildren and had our craft days.
    You will always have a special place in my heart.
    – Pam

  14. Joy Stevenson says:

    Jan was my dear sister and I am missing her so much.
    She lived an amazingly rich life, full of loving and giving.
    She was with me when my daughter was born xxx
    I loved how she managed to be so serene and gentle, but stood so strong.
    This seems too few words to encompass her whole, rich life.
    How glad I am to have so many memories of that whole, rich life: her wisdom, her kindness and support and reflection, and the little delights of shared time, food, stories, people, laughter.
    My sister.
    – Joy

  15. Lynn Dean says:

    A loving and kind sister in law.
    Jan will be missed very much 💕
    – Lynn Dean

  16. Theory Nightshade says:

    My grandma was a strong, independent woman of love and care, I will miss her every day. She put effort into so much, and didn’t hesitate to remind us that she loved us.
    Nothing will be the same without her laughter and care.
    Rest well Grandma, you’ve earned your peace and rest.
    – Theory Nightshade

  17. Leanne and Greg Fithall says:

    Thank you for your ministry and friendship, both offered with true committment such as the person you were.
    Rest in Peace
    “Great is thy faithfullness”
    Leanne and Greg Fithall
    St.Arnaud Rotary, Old Christ Church Cathedral and All Saints Emu.

  18. Shirley Delmenico says:

    Jan. Fond memories of your ministry and friendship.
    Rest peacefully. “ In God’s Loving Care.”
    Claire Stemmer.

  19. Shirley Delmenico says:

    Rev. Jan.
    Special memories of your ministry and friendship.
    From the Congregation of Anglican Parish Swan Hill.

    Thanks to the livestream and following our Wednesday Service, 15 of us were able to share in your service and join in with the prayers.
    Our thoughts and caring are with your family.
    – Shirley Delmenico

  20. Jenny Lovel says:

    Our thoughts are with Jan’s family at this sad time. Jan was very much appreciated by her parishioners in Bealiba St David’s Anglican Church and I appreciated Jan as a friend and I especially appreciated her visits to Coates Hostel, where my mother enjoyed her services and talks.
    We will miss you Jan.
    – Jenny Lovel

  21. Sally Anne Douglas says:

    You were a blessing in my life and I’m sure many others.
    You taught me so much by just being you.
    So gentle and thoughtful.
    May God bless the generations of your family and help them hold happy memories of you.
    Love, Sally Anne Douglas 🌻

  22. Joan Mellahn says:

    To all Jan’s family,
    Jan was my dear friend at Christ Church Swan Hill who shared her faith and insights through many special times together.
    Remembered with love, Joan M.

  23. Bill Cole says:

    Rev. Jan
    With eternal gratitude for your ministry and friendship for your commitment to All Saints Emu, particularly through both hard and joyous stages of our lives, you were there with compassion.
    Rest in peace.
    Bill Cole and families

  24. Pat & Maurie Wood says:

    Jan, we missed you when you left St Arnaud, but we will remember you always. Your warm and caring nature was appreciated by so many people in our town, not just the ones in the Anglican Church. Your outreach was to everyone and those who met you felt appreciated and loved. Maurie and I would look for the light in the Anglican Church in the evenings which you always turned on, and we miss them now. You were a light which shone in our town in so many ways – often quietly and without fanfare, like the light in your church. Thank you Jan for your care for our community. Your example lives on, but we miss you.
    Love, Pat & Maurie Wood

Funeral Details

St Mary’s Anglican Church
195 High Street
Kangaroo Flat

2nd November 2022 at 11:00 AM

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