Funeral services will be held for Janet Lakso, age 77 of Verndale, Minnesota (formerly of Deer Creek, MN) on May 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Deer Creek, Minnesota with Pastor Paul Yearyean officiating. The pallbearers were Jeff Gades, Blake Gades, Kyle Copelan, Larry Pearson, Brian Hoyhtya and Marc Helmrichs. The hymns were sung by the congregation, accompanied by Darleen Wendt. Special music was provided by Barbara Hoyhtya. Janet was laid to rest in Inman Cemetery in Henning, Minnesota.
Janet Marie Hoyhtya was born on March 5, 1937 in Leaf Lake Township, rural Ottertail, Minnesota. Her parents were the late Ernest Phillip and Hulda Marie (Fiskari) Hoyhtya. Janet was baptized on April 11, 1937. On June 17, 1951, Janet was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills. Janet attended school at the District #135 school south of the Leaf Lakes and graduated from the Henning High School with the class of 1955. She belonged to the Leaf Lakers 4-H Club. Janet attended the Venus Academy of Beauty Culture in 1955 and was employed in Wahpeton, North Dakota as a beautician. On August 16, 1958 Janet was united in marriage to Murlan Dale Copelan. They were married for 30 years and their marriage was blessed with 4 children. Janet and Murlan made their home in Conrad, Montana in 1965 where Janet was employed with Pondera Medical Center in the Respiratory Therapy and Sterile Processing. Janet enjoyed working with children and was a leader in Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and was employed on the District level to instruct leaders of the Cub and Boy Scouts. Janet held several offices in the Pondera Valley Lutheran Church womens group, also made quilts for Lutheran World Relief. In 1987 Janet moved back to Minnesota where she attended Nurses Aid School at the Perham Hospital and was employed at the Mills Community Home in New York Mills. On December 1, 1990 Janet was united in marriage to Marvin Matthew Lakso at Trinity Lutheran Church in Deer Creek. Marvin passed away July 8, 2001. Janet was an active member of the American Legion Auxilliary Post #238, Trinity Lutheran Church LWML, Inman Cemetery Association and the Sew & Sew Forth Club. She was an avid quilter, enjoyed making teddy bears and collected snowmen. Janet has recently made her home in Verndale, Minnesota. On May 2, 2014 Janet passed away peacefully at the Knute Nelson Care Center in Alexandria, Minnesota. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Preceding Janet in death were her parents; husband: Marvin; brothers: Donald and Emil (Nancy) Hoyhtya.
Janet is survived by her daughter, Kay (Jeff) Gades of Bertha; sons: Dale Copelan of Broadus, Montana; Lyle Copelan of Chico, California; Laurel (Kendra) Copelan of Clearwater, Florida; 5 grandchildren: Kyle, Christina, Blake, Troy, and Briana; sisters: Mildred (Melvin) Helmrichs of Deer Creek; Phyllis (Rodney) Haarstad of Alexandria; Harold Hoyhtya of Sun City, Arizona; Wesley (Barbara) Hoyhtya of Hector; Steven (Ruby) Hoyhtya of Wadena; sister-in-law Kittie Hoyhtya of St. Paul; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements were provided by the Belmont Funeral Home of Henning, Minnesota.
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