Jeanette A. Bemis, Janesville, WI (1926-2014)

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

February 12, 1926 - January 7, 2014

Jeanette A. Bemis, 87, of Janesville, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Cedar Crest Health Center. Jeanette was born Feb. 12, 1926, in Albert Lea, MN, the daughter of Nels and Meta Maria (Peterson) Sorenson. She was formerly employed by the Register of Deeds in Albert Lea. She attended the University of Sioux Falls, and the taught school in North Dakota. She came to Janesville, to be the Director of Christian Education at First Baptist Church, later working for the American Baptist Convention, traveling to nine states regarding the church’s Christian Education programs. Jeanette later taught school at Clinton, WI, and 5th grade at Roosevelt and Jackson schools in Janesville, until her marriage to Orris O. Bemis on Feb. 14, 1965. Jeanette was a member of First Baptist Church.

Jeanette Bemis is survived by her step-son, Dennis Lee (Carmelita) Bemis of Rockford, IL; one step-granddaughter, Penny Lyn Bemis; one brother, Harold W. Sorenson of Oklahoma; one special niece, Karen Hyland of Rochester, MN; and her special friend, Betty Clouse. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orris Bemis, on Aug. 7, 2012. Her parents and 11 brothers and sisters also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 3414 Woodhall Drive, Janesville. Rev. Jerry Amstutz will officiate. Visitation will be at the CHURCH from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Milton Lawns Memorial Park. HENKE-CLARSON FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family.


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