Janet Holtkamp, age 88, of New London, formerly of Cokato, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at GlenOaks Care Center in New London.
She was born Oct. 13, 1920, to Marie (Gerdes) and Ben Lay in Glueck, MN. Janet attended school in Clara City.
She began her working career at age 11, baby sitting, doing housework ,and helping out on her aunt and uncle’s farm.
Janet met Fred Holtkamp of Raymond while she was working for a widow with two children. They dated for four years and were married in Pipestone, MN Aug. 17, 1940. Janet and Fred shared 61 years of marriage before Fred’s death March 11, 2002.
After residing in various places in Minnesota, Utah, and Idaho. they moved to the Dassel and Cokato area in 1968, where they resided until moving to New London in 2001.
Janet was employed at Jennie-O in Willmar, and candled eggs at the creamery in Kerkhoven. She also worked at a factory in Maple Plain, and had a part-time cleaning job at Rembrandt in Delano.
She retired as a certified medical aid from the Dassel Nursing Home after 17 years.
Janet loved the Lord and her family, and prayed for them daily. She enjoyed traveling, and went on many family camping trips, as well as a tour to the Holy Land.
Janet is survived by her daughter, Sharon (David) Ferch of Loretto; two sons, Earl (Lyn) of Wahoo, NE, and James (Brenda) of New London; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Cassie Maahs of Pennock, Betty (Frank) Holm of Stillwater, and Glenda (Rick) Rutz of Cologne.
In addition to her husband, Fred, she was preceded in death by her parent; two brothers, John and Virgil Lay; and three sisters, Myrtle Rohrer, Bernice Soper, and Arlene MacKenzie.
Funeral services took place Friday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. at Elim Mission Church in Cokato; with interment at Cloverleaf Cemetery in Willmar.
Visitation was Thursday, Feb. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in New London, and continued Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in New London.