Janet Marie Hayes, age 81, of Delano, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, surrounded by her family.
She was born Aug. 19, 1939, in Wayzata, to Vernon and Marie (Schuler) Peterson.
Janet graduated from Orono High School. She was voted the homecoming queen in 1957, as well as “Best All-Around,” “Best Dancer,” and “Best Figure” by her classmates.
Janet was united in marriage to Eugene “Gene” Hayes, May 24, 1958.
Besides being a homemaker, Janet worked in the Orono School District for 27 years before quitting her head cook position at the high school to pursue other passions and to become her grandchildren’s biggest fan.
She managed “the books” for Hayes & Sons Excavating for over 45 years, until just after her cancer diagnosis Oct. 7.
Janet was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend.
She enjoyed gardening, having lunch with her dear friends, getting her hair done every Friday and celebrating the 4th of July every year with her best friend, Millie Peppin and their families.
Janet attended all of her grandchildren’s sporting events, plays, and concerts, and celebrated their many achievements throughout the years.
Janet was a member of the Delano American Legion Auxillary.
Janet and Gene were avid baseball fans and attended 61 straight years of Minnesota State Amateur baseball tournaments.
She lived and breathed family and was a devout servant to the Lord. Her talents and kindness touched so many people.
Janet was preceded in death by her two infant children, Paul and Ann; parents Vernon and Marie Peterson; parents-in-law Andrew and Josephine Hayes; sisters-in-law Virginia Hayes, Betty Hayes, Jean Hayes, Shirley Hayes; brothers-in-law Richard Hayes, Clifford Hayes, Joseph Hayes, Maurice Hayes, Kevin Hayes, Edward Lynch, and Bob Seward.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Gene; children Brad (Joan) Hayes, Jeff (Ann) Hayes, Shelly Hayes; grandchildren Ryan Hayes, Landon Hayes, Anna Lundquist, Amy Lundquist; great-granddaughters Paisley Hayes and Halsey Hayes; siblings Donald (Pam) Peterson, Virginia (Gene) Platzer, and Carol Seward; sisters-in-law Marion Hayes, Marian Hayes, Pat Schaar; and brother-in-law George Schaar; many nieces and nephews and dear friends.
Private Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Delano.
In lieu of flowers, family asks that you make a donation to the Delano Athletic Club in Janet’s name.
A link to view the service will appear on the Iten Funeral Home website sometime over the weekend.
Arrangements are by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.