Janet Joyce Rinehart was born on June 2, 1928 to Otto and Elizabeth (Harty) Meyer in a farm house in Eagle Lake, Blue Earth County. Janet attended St. Peter (Bell) Lutheran Parochial School. She and her siblings were baptized in the parsonage by Pastor Cloeter in 1934 and confirmed in 1941. Janet graduated from Waterville High School in 1946, then married Niel Rinehart on June 13, 1948.
Janet was the president of the Bell Church Ladies Club. She taught Sunday school, vacation Bible school, sang in the church Choir and was a member of the North Elysian Kitchen Band. She worked at Bird’s Eye Canning Factory, was a supervisor at Brinkton Pool Tables, and then worked for Ben Kniefel at the Waterville Coast to Coast. Janet farmed with her husband Niel until they retired at North Star Apartments for the last twenty-four years. Together they helped assist the other residents with whatever their needs were. Janet and Niel have always been care-givers throughout their lives. They are members at the First United Lutheran Church in Roseau. Janet was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
She is survived by husband, Niel of Roseau; children, Nancy and husband, Ron Berndt of Waterville, Bonnie and husband, Allen Daniels of Panhandle, Texas, Sally and husband, Dean Robinson of Roseau and Russell Rinehart and wife, Lisa, of Waseca; eight grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; sister, Darlene Schwartz of Waterville; brother-in-law, Roland Cram of Waterville; sister-in-law, Janet Meyer of Rochester; along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Faith Cram; brothers, Kenneth and Donald Meyer; sister-in-law, Ramona Meyer; brothers-in-law, Norman Schwartz and Donald Rinehart; infant grandson, Mark Rinehart; and infant granddaughter, Marjorie Rinehart.
A memorial service was held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. at First United Lutheran Church LCMC in Roseau. Interment will be at the Spruce Cemetery at a later date. Helgeson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Family request, in lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to First United Lutheran Church memorial fund.