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Janet R. Martin

Janet R. Martin

Janet Martin, 69, Mitchell, died Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church, Mitchell. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8:00 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Janet Ruth (Johannsen) Martin was born on February 3, 1944 at the family home on a small farm south of Wagner, SD. She was the third child of Harvey and Elsie (Toepfer) Johannsen. Her brothers, Joel and James were six and four, respectively.

She grew up attending country schools prior to enrolling at Wagner High School. She graduated Co- Salutatorian in 1962. She married Douglas F. Martin the summer of 1962.

She raised her two daughters Cindy (Krall) and Kristy. She was heavily involved in their lives, serving as Girl Scout and 4-H leader. She also worked as a teacher’s aide during their elementary years. When the girls began high school she went to college. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from DWU in 1981 with dual degrees in psychology and business.

Janet loved to quilt and spent innumerable hours researching and archiving family history. She cherished life growing up on the farm. Her love of the country spilled over into her love of gardening and landscaping. It could be argued no one made a better apple pie. Few things in life brought her greater pleasure than simply spending time with the friends and family she loved so much.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her daughters Kristy Martin, Cindy (Jeff) Krall, grandchildren Matthew, Taylor and James, all of Mitchell. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Gail Johannsen-Bridge and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, and husband.