Janet Henely

Janet L. Henely, 75, of Sioux Rapids, died on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, at Hawkeye Care Center in Sioux Rapids.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 16,  at 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Rapids. Burial will be in Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.

Janet Louise Enderson, the daughter of Donald and Bernice (Risvold) Enderson, was born in Spencer, on March 18, 1941. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven. She was raised on a farm in the Ruthven vicinity with her two younger brothers and took an active part in helping with the animals and the farming operation. She received her education at Ruthven, graduating with the Class of 1958. Janet enjoyed sports and was fortunate to be a part of the basketball team that qualified for the girl’s state tournament her senior year.

Janet was united in marriage to Donald Henely on Aug. 1, 1959 in Spencer,  and the marriage was blessed with three children: Julie Kay, Kevin Leo and Michelle Marie. Following their marriage, Janet and Don resided in Sioux Rapids. Janet was an accomplished seamstress, who enjoyed sewing clothes for her children when they were young. They established Henely’s Blacksmith Shop. Janet always enjoyed going back to the family farm to help with walking beans, dressing chickens and freezing sweet corn. The family cherishes the many memories and stories shared about those times.

Don’s sudden death in 1975 left a huge hole in everyone’s lives. He is still remembered and talked about fondly to this day by his family and his many friends in the Sioux Rapids community. Remembered as a very hard working individual, she was employed at the old Sioux Rapids school as a cook. Janet was a bartender at the Little Sioux Golf and Country Club. She had served as a housekeeper at the Sioux Care Center and enjoyed mingling with the many residents, their families and the nursing home staff over the years. Strength and perseverance sustained Janet through many of life’s challenges and struggles. Janet was a sports enthusiast and for many years, she was a member of the ladies bowling league and still enjoyed watching sports on TV. Janet’s grandchildren were very important to her and she enjoyed attending their sporting events, theatrical plays and musicals when she could, and if she wasn’t in attendance, she was anxious to hear about it later. She was one who never wanted to miss out on what happened or what was going on and enjoyed the Clay County Fair through the years.  Janet will be truly missed by her remaining family and many friends.

Janet’s life will always be honored and cherished by her family which include her daughters: Julie Johnson and her fiancé, Jerry Bond, of Everly; Michelle (Kirt) Patten of Sioux Rapids; grandchildren: Megan Johnson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Kaye (Adam) Rickman of Spirit Lake; and Brandon and Austin Patten, both of Sioux Rapids; two great-grandchildren: Nash David Rickman and Riley Deane Rickman; brother, Alan (Helen) Enderson of Spencer; in-laws: Carol (Lee) Boltjes, Devona Trimble, Carol (Leo) Wigen, Judy Henely, Gail Egeland, Paul Henely, Bernard (Sharon) Henely, Linda (Rick) Larson, Joe Henely, Virginia (Harry) Origer, Debbie Theesfeld, Cheri Henely, David (Kathy) Henely and Perry (Jane) Henely; along with many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Bernice Enderson; husband, Donald; son, Kevin Henely; brother, Duane Enderson; sisters-in-law: Dianne Wickman, Marilyn Schutz and Jean Egeland; brothers-in-law: Dale Henely, Kenneth Henely, Ray Henely and John Henely; in addition to other relatives and friends.