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Janelle Brown

March 18, 1944 — January 23, 2022

Janelle Brown, 77, of Grand Island died Sunday, January 23, 2022, at her home. A gathering of friends and family will be 4-7 PM Thursday, February 10, 2022, at Apfel Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the Central Nebraska Humane Society. Online condolences may be directed to

Janelle was born on March 18, 1944, in Hastings, NE, to Leslie and Esther (Carlson) Hamburger. She grew up in Hastings.

On August 18, 1978, Janelle married Larry “Butch” Brown at Grace Lutheran Church in Englewood, CO. The couple lived in Littleton, CO for 35 years and then moved back to Grand Island. Janelle was self-employed for 20 years before retiring.

Janelle loved cooking, camping, jeeping, ice racing, river rafting, and obstacle course races, and would not hesitate to be active and participate. She loved football and was a Bronco’s fan; even attending the 1988 Super Bowl. In later years she enjoyed company and visiting with family and friends. Janelle never met a stranger and opened her home and heart to many.

Survivors of the family include her husband, Larry “Butch”; children: Todd (Brookly) Dimmitt, Tammie Dimmitt (Brad) both of Grand Island; foster daughter, Carol (Larry) Faulkner of Hampton, NE; grandchildren: Austin Anderson, Zac Dimmitt, Ty (Brianna) Dimmitt; great grandson, Beau Dimmitt; brother, Leroy ‘Shorty” (Marti) Hamburger; brothers and sister-in-law: Doug Brown, Dave Brown, Donna Hamburger; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Leslie Hamburger and Johnny Hamburger.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

celebration of life

Thursday, February 10, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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