Janet Jundt

December 6, 2018

NORFOLK — Services for Janet M. Jundt, 58, Norfolk, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norfolk. The Rev. Dan Andrews will officiate. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday with a 7 p.m. vigil at the church. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.

She died Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at her home in Norfolk after a long battle with cancer.

Memorials requested to Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk or Norfolk Catholic Music Boosters.


Janet was born to Francis and Shirley (Mohnsen) Kluthe in West Point on April 19, 1960. She was raised alongside her six brothers and sisters in Howells, where she graduated high school. Janet attended Norfolk Beauty College and was part of the Nebraska Electrolysis Association, where she became president. She then began her 35-year career of making people even more beautiful with her talents.

Janet also shared her heart with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, where she spent time as the president and secretary. Janet still kept in touch with her “little sister” for over 20 years.

Janet was united in marriage to Michael Jundt on June 19, 1982, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Howells and made their loving home in Norfolk. There they raised two daughters, Sydney and Courtney, and three dogs over the years.

Though it’s fair to say her daughters and grandchildren were her pride and joys, her beautiful gardens were a close second. She spent hours outside fervently tending to the abundance of flowers that caught the eye and compliment of many passersby. Each spring was a time of renewal for both her gardens and her soul. When she wasn’t in her garden, she would spend time on the porch praying, reading and watching for her beloved hummingbird friends. Janet would sit and wait for the quiet hum and chirps of those hummingbirds, a sign of hope and strength.

Though her hummer friend “Jimmy” filled her heart with so much joy, it never came close to the joy she received from God. Janet was heavily involved with her church. Her faith was strong and steadfast through every trial and triumph. She was a model of the Catholic faith and an inspiration to many.

Janet had a laugh and presence nearly as big as her heart. Her smile filled every room, and she was always the life of the party. She went out of her way to make sure you felt her love for you. She loved her family with all she had. Janet will be remembered for her love for God, her laugh, gentleness, smile, creativity and humility.

Janet fought a courageous battle against cancer. Her strength and grace was unmeasurable. May we all have strength like her to continue to live our lives to the fullest in faith, love, laughter and grace like she did and wishes of us.

Mom, heaven couldn’t wait for you. What a beautiful celebration it must have been to finally welcome you home.

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the numerous healthcare teams who provided excellent, compassionate care over the past six years.

Janet is survived by her mother, Shirley Kluthe; her spouse, Mike; her daughters, Sydney (Ross) Hilkemann and Courtney Jundt; her siblings, Cindy (Bill) Kroll, Michael (Marilyn) Kluthe, Patty (Michael) Recker, Doug Kluthe and Chris Kluthe; her grandchildren, Kendall and Miles Hilkemann; her mother-in-law, Mary Jundt; her in-laws, Bernie Buresh, Diane (Garry) Retzlaff, Sue Doerr, Kay (Curt) Bilse and David (Kris) Jundt; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, whom all she held dearly in her heart. She will also be remembered by many more of her beloved extended family, including Dwight (Kathy) Jundt, Dale Jundt, Diane Darrow, Laurie (Mike) Donlon, Karen Kluthe and friends.

Janet was preceded in death by her father, Francis Kluthe; a brother, Jeff Kluthe; and her father-in-law, Bruce Jundt.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.homeforfuneralsinc.com.

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