Jan Marie Blackgrave, 45, Celestine

Jan Marie Blackgrave, 45, of Celestine, died Friday, December 20, at her home. She was born in Huntingburg  August 9, 1974, to Richard R. and Joan A. (Nord) Reckelhoff.  She married Aaron Blackgrave April 17, 1999, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois.

Jan was a 1992 graduate of Northeast Dubois High School and a graduate of Tri-State Beauty College specializing in nails. She owned and operated Illusions Nail-Hair Studio and Day Spa in Jasper for 23 years, and  worked as a nail technician for 27 years. She was also an OPI Representative. She was a member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Celestine Campus, Women of the Moose Chapter 955, and Dubois County ABATE. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and all her clients, and time spent at her cabin and boating at Beaver Lake. She was an avid runner, running a marathon and several half marathons, including the Pikes Peak Challenge and several Tough Mudders.

She is survived by her husband, Aaron Blackgrave; two daughters, Halle and Aubre Blackgave, both at home; her parents, Richard and Joan Reckelhoff, Dubois; two sisters, Vicki Lieber and husband Christian, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Susand Wood, Elberfeld; her mother-in-law, Marge Kreilein and husband Ken, Celestine; her father-in-law Tim Blackgrave, Jasper, and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one nephew, Matthew Wood, her maternal grandparents, Dorothy and Elmer Nord, her paternal grandpaents, Emma Reckelhoff and Ed Reckelhoff and Emma Reckelhoff, and two aunts, Patty Dike and Barbara Nord.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Isidore Parish, the Dubois County Community Foundation ( Jan Blackgrave Memorial Fund), or the Lange Fuhs Cancer Center. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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