Janet Marion Lee, 93, of Jamestown, N.D., passed away peacefully and surrounded by family Jan. 2, 2013, at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
Services were held Jan. 7, 2013, at Haut Funeral Home in Jamestown. A private family burial will take place in the spring at Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth, Minn.
Janet Marion Buscho was born Dec. 15, 1919, in Wells, Minn., to George G. and Lenora Buscho. The family, along with Janet's sister Carol, moved to nearby Blue Earth in 1926, where Janet attended school, graduating in 1937. She then enrolled at Macalester College in Saint Paul, graduating in 1941.
Janet took her studies seriously. She ranked third in her high school class of 52 graduates, and received top 10 honors for consecutive years while at Macalester. She was also a featured flutist with the Macalester band, during concerts with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra. While at Macalester, she was an elected member of Pi Phi Epsilon, the college's honorary sorority, and she completed her biology major early, graduating cum laude.
During this time, she also studied at the University of Michigan's biological field station at Douglas Lake, Michigan. It was there that she developed a lifelong interest in wildlife (especially birds) under the guidance of renowned ornithologist Dr. Olin Pettingill. In 1941, Janet also began successful experimentation with soilless tomato growing, receiving statewide recognition.
After college, Janet taught high school biology in Odessa, Minn., and later taught science and math in Willmar, Minn. She also assisted her father in his Faribault County auditor's office for a number of years.
On Nov. 8, 1952, Janet married Forrest B. Lee in Blue Earth. They resided in Saint Paul and White Bear Lake, Minn., where her two sons, Forrest, Jr.'Chip' and George were born. In 1965, the family moved to Jamestown, when her husband transferred from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to the newly opened Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.
Janet became a stay-at-home mother and wife who took great pride in her family. She occasionally filled in as a substitute teacher, and was active with Methodist Church functions.
Having never driven a car didn't stop Janet from getting out and doing things. A very detailed person, she was always on top of her family's affairs. She especially enjoyed being involved with her two son's schoolwork.
In 1977, she accompanied her husband for a summer, working on Amchitka Island in Alaska. After her husband's retirement in 1983, she continued to assist him with typing and correspondence while he did contract work with Russian and Japanese biologists.
Family trips to Minnesota, reading, writing and bird watching were Janet's favorite pastimes. She continued to be the best mother one could hope for.
Janet is survived by her husband, Forrest, and sons, Forrest, Jr. 'Chip' (Joan) of Eden Prairie, Minn., and George (Virginia) of Bismarck, N.D.; grandchildren, Jami (Jeff) Gunville of Minot, N.D., Carina Taylor (Chris) of Fargo, Amber Spooner (Brent) of Bismarck and Tim Baumann (Jenny) of Duvall, Wash.; and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her nephew, Don Nordmeier (Maxine) of Morristown, Minn.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, George G. Buscho and Lenora Buscho; sister, Carol Nordmeier; and nephew, Ernest Nordmeier, Jr.
An online guestbook is available at www.hautfuneralhome.com.