Northeastern Junior College
September 15, 2017

By Sarah Matthews, NJC Director of Communications & Public Relations

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Janna Korrey was a treasure to her family, community and especially Northeastern Junior College (NJC). On Sunday, September 10, 2017, the NJC Alumni Association paid tribute to Janna for her dedication to NJC and her community with the unveiling of the Janna Korrey Memorial Pavilion.

Janna Korrey was known as the balloon lady, in remembrance of those special touches she added to events friends and family launched balloons in to the air.Janna Korrey was known as the balloon lady, in remembrance of those special touches she added to events friends and family launched balloons in to the air.

“This is one of the best editions the campus has seen in a very, very, long time,” stated Master of Ceremonies, Mark Kokes, Vice President of the NJC Alumni Association Board of Directors.

The NJC Alumni Association sought the help of John and Janna Korrey about two years ago to find the resources to construct an outdoor shaded area, visitors attending games and activities could sit and relax and for the students to get away from the dorms, enjoy time outside, and study. Jack Annan, NJC Alumni Association Director, asked the Korrey’s if they would know of anyone that would be willing to sponsor the project. John said he had some potential ideas and they left it at that.

On May 8, 2016 Janna passed away and in October of that same year Janna’s family contact the NJC Alumni Association to pursue the possibility of using some of the funds from the Janna Korrey Memorial Fund to help finance the pavilion. At that time, it was decided to be named the Janna Korrey Memorial Pavilion.

“The Janna Korrey Memorial Pavilion will be a special addition to the campus and will forever be a reminder of the legacy left behind by such a special person,” Annan said.

Kokes spoke about Janna’s involvement with NJC and her community. He referenced the poem “The Dash,”

“It’s not the numbers on the tombstone that matter. It’s the dash in between.”

Janna was born August 8, 1957 and passed May 8, 2016, Janna is not defined by those date as it is the between, “The Dash,” that counts.

Janna was at home at NJC, she found this with her very first visit to the campus with her parents when she met Annan. NJC was the right choice for her. While attending NJC she met the love of her life, John. She continued her education at Fort Hays State, after graduating she returned home to NJC and Logan County and married John on September 20, 1980.

The Korrey’s were blessed with two daughters, Heidi and Lacey, whom continued the tradition at NJC. NJC holds a special place in their hearts as well and they hope in the hearts of their grand-children.

Janna Korrey’s family unveils the monument at the new Janna Korrey Memorial Pavilion in front of the Chuck wagon Café. Janna Korrey’s family unveils the monument at the new Janna Korrey Memorial Pavilion in front of the Chuck wagon Café.

“Janna was also always a community servant, it was never about her, it was about giving to her family, friends and community,” Kokes said. “If you ever needed something done big, ask Janna…Janna was one of the best at turning an event into something extravagant.”

Janna severed two three year terms on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and served over 10 years on the NJC Foundation Board. In 2011, her and John chaired the NJC Hope Gala event to provide scholarships to numerous NJC students.

Even after she finished her term on the Alumni Board of Directors, she would add her special touch to alumni and college events. “Janna was always the first to offer a helping hand, giving selflessly, never once thinking of herself and not even expecting a thank you for her efforts. To her, that is just what you do if you are part of the community,” Kokes said.

Janna was our go to gal and she will be greatly missed.

In celebration of the unveiling and dedication of all Janna means to the NJC community, Lee Lippstrew, Assistant Professor of Music, led the group in singing Janna’s favorite song “You Are My Shine” and “Amazing Grace.”

“NJC is a great asset to the community and Janna would be honored to have this pavilion,” John said.

Along with the Janna Korrey Memorial Fund, we would like to give a special thank you to the George and Minnie Korrey Memorial Fund, the NJC Alumni Association, Yost Construction Company, American Building Systems, Better Electric Inc., Chris and Joy Dinsdale, and Sterling Monument Company.


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