Janette Husman

October 6, 1928 — May 7, 2022

Janette Josephine Husman, 93, died at St. Anne in Winona on Saturday, May 7, 2022. She was born on October 6, 1928, in La Crosse to Joseph and Anna (Schumacher) Gady.

Janette HusmanThe first nine years of her life she lived near Nodine on the farm her grandfather, August Goede, had homesteaded in 1873. She and her sister, Rita, went to school in Pine Creek, where Forster Road meets Houston County Road 6. When she was in the third grade, the family moved to Pleasant Hill Township. Janette had four younger brothers, so she helped her father milk cows by hand.

Janette married Donald William Husman in Nodine at the St. John’s parsonage on April 15, 1950. She was a hard-working farm wife, milking cows, feeding calves and driving tractor. She drove a car, but didn’t have a license, only a permit. In 1990, after Don died, she got her driver’s license. Janette loved to dance to old-time music, polkas and waltzes. On Saturday nights, she would take her daughters, Pam and Donna, along with some of the neighborhood girls, to Witoka, dance from 9 until 1 and get up and milk cows in the morning.

Don and Janette built a new house on the farm in 1975. In 1982, they bought her cousin Robert Gady’s farm in Ridgeway. When they lived in Ridgeway, she worked at the school helping on the playground and monitoring the lunchroom. She was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Pickwick, where she is famous for her scalloped potatoes. She liked to play cards, grow flowers and vegetables and loved dill pickles!

Janette is survived by her daughters, Pam (James) Larson and Donna (Michael) Borkowski; grandchildren, Grant Borkowski, Alan Larson, Stacey (Jeff) Ploetz, Shannon (Josh) Merchlewitz; great-grandchildren, Mitchel Ploetz, Aaron Ploetz, Tucker Merchlewitz, Ethan Merchlewitz, Karissa Merchlewitz, Autumn Merchlewitz, and brothers, Joe (Anna) Gady and Ray (Irene) Gady.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; brothers, Darwin Gady and Ira (Jeanette) Gady; sister, Rita (Tud) Mades; brother-in-law, Steve Husman, and sisters-in-law, Helen (Henry) Johnson, Linda (Avold) Frick.

The pallbearers will be Mitchel Ploetz, Aaron Ploetz, Tucker Merchlewitz, Ethan Merchlewitz, Grant Bortowski and Marty Larson. The honorary pallbearers will be Alan Larson, Karissa Merchlewitz and Autumn Merchlewitz.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Pickwick, Minn. Visitation will be precede the service, from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be follow the funeral service at Bush Cemetery in Ridgeway.

Hoff Celebration of Life Center is assisting the family with arrangements.