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1932 Janet 2020

Janet Voorhees

January 1, 1932 — April 16, 2020

Janet Jossart was born January 1, 1932, in Benson, MN, the daughter of Richard and Agnes (Sather) Jossart.  She was raised on the family farm south of Benson. And attended country school through the eighth grade.

Janet was united in marriage to Jerry Voorhees on January 13, 1951. When Jerry entered the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Rucker, AL Janet moved to Alabama to be with him. After about one year in Alabama Janet returned to the Benson area and began raising her family. Jerry and Janet were blessed with six children. The family moved to Willmar for a short time and on to Marshall, MN where Janet worked in the Schwann’s sandwich plant.

In 1993, Jerry and Janet retired to Lake Ida near Alexandria, MN. She enjoyed living on the lake.

Janet was a good Norwegian who disliked lutefisk but loved lefse. She was a wonderful camping partner. She enjoyed playing cards, working puzzles, eating peanut brittle and loved playing with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

On Thursday, April 16, 2020, Janet joined the angels at the age of eighty-eight years young. She was welcomed with open arms by her parents; her son, Robert; and many other loved ones. Janet is survived by her husband of sixty-nine years, Jerry Voorhees; daughter-in-law, Mary Voorhees; children, Alan Voorhees and wife, Michele, Colleen Anathan and husband, Jim, Julleen Roush and husband, Leo,  Terry Voorhees and wife, Kris, and Jennifer Karrow and husband, Jeff; She is also survived by her loving siblings; Adeline Ellingboe, Joan Razink  and husband, Delmer, Marilyn Larson and husband, Kermit, and Richard Jossart and wife, Linda; brothers-in-law, Ward Voorhees and wife, Carol and Del Voorhees and special friend, Marlys. Janet was grandmother to fourteen children; and great grandma to eighteen children.

We continue to be blessed to have had her in our lives for many years. We will always miss her.

All her family loves you for all your love and support.

A private memorial service will be held Monday, April 20, 2020 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. A private graveside service at Kinkead Cemetery will follow.  Visit for recordings of the service.

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