In Memory

Janne Berry (Osborne)

Janne Berry (Osborne)

Janne Berry Osborne, 70, of Orangeburg, passed away Friday, October 5, 2018, at Providence Hospital in Columbia, SC. A Memorial Service will be held at Dukes-Harley Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends after the memorial service at the funeral home.

Janne was born in San Francisco, California, to the late Abraham and Miriam Berry. She was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and attended Law School at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Janne practiced law in Orangeburg for more than twenty-five years, earning the respect of countless fellow attorneys and clients,. She was proud of her zealous representation of those who selected her as their attorney, and she truly enjoyed being a lawyer.

Janne will be greatly missed by many people whose lives she touched, but, most of all, by her son Jed, her daughter Rebecca, her five cats, and her loyal canine companion Shadow.

She was predeceased by the late Edward O. Braun. Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Melson (James E.) of Swansea, SC and Sarah Hood (Scott) of Santa Fe, NM; one son, Jedediah Adam Braun (Lindsey Henry) of Orangeburg, SC; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Melson and Meredith Melson; one grandson, James L. Melson; two great-granddaughters, Missy Lamb of Gaston, SC and Abigail (Jessica) Melson, Knoxville, TN; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Epworth Children's Home, PO Box 50466, Columbia, SC 29250.

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10/22/18 04:47 PM #1    

Marc Kohler

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About Janne

My practice is restricted to BANKRUPTCY and DOMESTIC RELATIONS.  I was born and raised in California and was educated in the public schools in Palo Alto, CA, and I attended the University of California at Berkeley.  I obtained my Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina, School of Law, in 1986.

The BANKRUPTCY part of my practice enables me to assist people whose debts are so large that they are unable to pay the debts.  One of the most common situations is when a person is in danger of losing their home in a foreclosure or claim and delivery action.  By filing a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, that individual can save their home and be able to consolidate and pay their debts.  In other cases, people have lost their jobs due to illness and are unable to pay the overwhelming medical bills or have incurred large credit card debt while they were unemployed.  There are provisions of the bankruptcy code which can help people in these situations.

The DOMESTIC RELATIONS part of my practice concerns divorce, orders of separate maintenance and support (“legal separations”), child support, custody and visitation.  I represent both men and women and have represented grandparents and children in the Family Court.  Although the majority of my cases are in Orangeburg County, I frequently appear in Calhoun and Bamberg Counties, as well as Aiken, Barnwell, Lexington and Richland Counties.

I first came to Orangeburg when I began working for Palmetto Legal Services in March 1987.  I remained with Palmetto Legal Services until the end of 1989 and went into private practice in January 1990.  I opened my own law firm in July 1990 and have maintained my own firm since that time.

I moved to Orangeburg from Columbia in 1989, and have lived in Orangeburg continuously since that time, except for fifteen (15) months spent in Anchorage, AK.  I have been active in the Orangeburg Democratic Party and served on the Board of Directors for the Family Health Center, Inc.  I am married to Edward Braun and have two (2) daughters, one (1) son and two (2) granddaughters.  In addition, I share my life, home and office with a tyrannical 3 lb. Teacup Poodle named Coco Chanel and three (3) cats: an orange tabby housecat named Jasper (a/k/a “Jasperator the Exasperator) and an orange tabby named Marmelade and a gray tabby named Stinkerpie who are referred to as the “Snake Wranglers” because their job is to keep the backyard free of the snakes that are so common at homes on riverbanks.




05/23/19 10:44 AM #2    

Virginia Presley (Elliott)


Had dinner with Janne and husband Ed just after our class reunion. Ed was a lovely man, a true Southern gentleman, and it was obvious they had had many happy years raising their children, enjoying grand-children, and living in their dream house. Ed had a good career as an electrical contractor. He loved the Sushi at the reunion and showed me pictures. He struck me as being a real family man, matching Janne’s enjoyment of life. 

At that time, despite health issues, Janne was still working from home. She looked terrific, chic, well. We caught up on our lives and I discovered Janne, as a single mother, had gone back to school to become a lawyer. She never touted her academic success or showed off her braininess. But she was one achieving, accomplished, and very bright woman, from a prominent legal family. She’d been set back when after her mom died, her beloved father, a lawyer,  passed, but Janne let nothing stop her, She just got more resolve. 

She loved her work and her life. Despite her limitations due to COPD, she was determined to live her best life.  Some months ago, not having heard back from her in some time, I called.

Tragically, Ed had been suddenly diagnosed with cancer and died within a year. It was easy to tell that Ed adored Janne and took a protective, caregiving role with her, though she was entirely engaged in her life and work and sharp as ever. Ed’s death was a huge blow. 

I remember Janne as being funny, warm, unaffected, and always getting friends together with friends. When she visited Palo Alto after the reunion she stopped in to see my mom, then 90, and had the name of a good friend, mom’s age, she wanted mom to meet. I would not have had half the social life my senior year if it hadn’t been for Janne. She was a sharer and a carer. 

I send condolences to her children and grandchildren. They have had a great loss in both parents going too soon. I know if there is another place, Janne and Ed are there together, still loving their family, still spreading warmth and good company. 

I look back at Janne with great fondness and admiration. 






05/24/19 03:09 PM #3    

Paul Barnes

Beautiful remembrance, Virginia -- and, as one would expect from you, beautifully written.  Thank you.  Fills in many gaps.  Hope you are well . . .  Paul (directing "Macbeth" -- my sixth -- at the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota.  Beth Erickson, junior year English teacher at Cubberley, who got me to memorize the "Is this a dagger which I see before me" soliloquy and helped set the course of my life, is coming to opening, June 29.  Yikes!)


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