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Of St. Michael, MN

December 30, 1942 – June 7, 2023


Tuesday, June 13, 2023

one hour prior to the service

Church of St. Albert – Albertville, MN

Mass of Christian Burial 

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

11:00 a.m.

Church of St. Albert – Albertville, MN

Janet M. Ormsby died on June 7, 2023, at 9:50am, at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, from complications of diverticulitis and heart failure, shortly after moving to Minnesota to live in St. Michael, with her daughter, Alesia, and twin sister, Judy.

Janet was born at 5:32 am on December 30th, 1942 at Mercy Hospital, Denver CO to Arthur F. and Helen C. Ormsby. Janet was baptized at Sacred Heart Church, Denver, Colorado on the 17th day of January 1943, godparents being Robert D. Ormsby and Margaret M. Taney. She made her 1st Communion and Confirmation at St. Martin’s Church in Huron, South Dakota.

Janet’s family moved to Billings, Montana for the Bureau of Reclamation where her father worked, and then later the family moved to Huron, South Dakota, where Janet attended kindergarten through high school. She attended Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota for one year.

Janet worked for the Automobile Club of Southern California in Los Angeles for one year, living in Hawthorne, California. She later moved to St. Paul, Minnesota and worked for the Immigration Department, Whirlpool Corporation, and the St. Paul Companies. She was married and divorced in Wisconsin.

Janet and her daughter, Alesia, moved back to Denver, Colorado, where her family resided. Janet worked for CIGNA Property and Casualty Company as an Administrative Assistant for 17-1/2 years. Company restructured and moved to Sacramento, CA. Janet elected to be laid off and stayed in Colorado. She worked at Microtech-Tel, a telecommunications company, for 10 years as an Administrative Assistant. Due to company downsizing, Janet was laid off. She later worked for Amplidyne Inc. for 4-1/2 years as a buyer of American engineering products for customers in Dubai, UAF.

Janet was a blood donor for Bonfil’s Blood Center for many years.

Janet adopted several people at the Aurora Care Center and catered to their needs in 2005 and 2006.

Janet started her own newsletter and mailed out 46 weekly letters each year to 22 family members and friends for many, many years. She insisted the letters be mailed instead of e-mailed. She wanted people to receive a real letter in the mailbox. One of her phrases at home before dying would be “Jude, did you check the mailbox?”

Her hobbies included crocheting and cross-stitching. She made several table cloths, and doilies for family and friends. She made a ton of snowflakes for Christmas tree ornaments. She loved playing poker at family get-togethers. She took several road trips by herself and loved it. Couldn’t wait until the next one. She told Alesia that she was leaving, the day before she died, and when asked where, she pointed up, smiled and said “good-bye” and leaned over to kiss her.

She is survived by her daughter Alesia A. Haak, along with son-in-law Christopher Haak, grandchildren Katya A (great grandson, Mason), Jaclyn Kay, Sophia Grace (great grandson London), Natasha Joy, Jonathan Christopher, Andre Paul, and James David Haak. Janet was one of 13 children, only the 2nd to pass on. She is survived by her dear twin sister Judith Cross, Carol Stein, Margaret (Harlen) Heyden, Bill (Barbara) Ormsby, John Ormsby, Mary Tschopp, Patrick (Barbara) Ormsby, Michael Ormsby, Monica (Ted) Rockenhaus, Susan Loves, Tony (Sarietha) Ormsby

And preceded in death by her dear brother, Victor Ormsby (survived by Sharon)

And all of their dear children, many beautiful nieces and nephews that she was so proud of.

Memorials preferred to MN Adult and Teen Challenge or Wounded Warrior Project.


5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Barb and Pat

    Patrick and I will not be able to attend the service for Janet but will be there in spirit.
    Our love to you all.

  2. Adil Khan

    Janet Ormsby played a significant role in my life and was like a mother to me. She was my confidential secretary for 17 years until her retirement. She stated in contact with me even after here retirement. She is in a better place. May her Soul rest in peace. May God bless her family.
    Lots of love – Adil Khan.

  3. Tony & Sarietha Ormsby

    God bless Alesia, Chris, the grandchildren & great grandchildren of Janet. We are so sorry you didn’t have more time with her once she moved to Minnesota, but we know your faith is strong & you will join her someday in heaven. My heart also goes to each of Janet’s brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews,& cousins. Hold tight to your good memories.

  4. Larry Friese

    Larry Friese here, a Huron High School classmate. That is an enormously inspiring obituary. Bless her, and God rest this hugely accomplished, nice person and fun lady’s soul.

  5. Fern Marie Mattke

    To all of Janet’s family. We just learned of Janet’s passing and extend our sincere condolences from the Huron High School Class of 1960 – we were Janet’s classmates. Some of us have been blessed to receive Janet’s notes and handiwork. Treasure the memories you have.


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