Janet E. Guist

MOUNT MORRIS – Janet Elaine (neé Hofert) Guist, 91, of Mount Morris, passed away peacefully after a long and full life, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon.

She was born March 8, 1922, in Tonawanda, N.Y., to Estella Irene (neé Woods) and Herbert William Hofert. She attended the Buffalo Business College and graduated in 1940. Upon graduation, she went to work for Bell Aircraft. At the end of World War II, she journeyed to Lansing, Mich., and worked for Charles P. Loomis, Esq., a foremost rural sociologist at Michigan State University. While in Michigan, she met Hollie James Guist at a dance, who was in grad school at MSU. She married him on June 28, 1947, back in Tonawanda.

Janet was a member of Faith Assembly in Oregon, but attended most recently at Trinity Lutheran with family. She was a Red Hat member, and cherished her friends at her Caring and Sharing Group. She loved her family at Pinecrest Village, where she had resided for almost 9 years. She had worked tirelessly for her church, serving her Lord in whatever capacity she could.

It is not often that a woman can fulfill all the roles in life. Janet mothered five successful children, was a fabulous homemaker, baked the most delicious pies, and for a time, worked at the Guist Agency. She was a loving daughter, devoted wife, great mom, generous grandma, and thrilled great-grandmother. Janet was a source of limitless wisdom and kindness to all she met. She was selfless, generous and devoted to her family and friends. Janet’s companionship, spunkiness, quick wit, and love of life will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. Janet and Hollie danced their way through just days shy of 56 years of marriage, with Hollie preceding her in death on June 6, 2003.  

She was the loving mother of Christine (Thomas) Brady, Susan (Stephen) Miller, Deborah (Charles) Buser, Hollie (Anne) Guist Jr., and David (Vicky) Guist; devoted grandmother of 14, Matthew and Michael Brady, Elizabeth, Christopher, and Andrew Miller, Anne and Amy Buser, Frederick and Geoffrey Guist, Eric and Ean Decker, and Alek, Elliott, Emerson, and Ethan Guist; and delighted great-grandmother of 18.

She also was preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers, Herbert William Hofert Jr, and William James Hofert; and sister-in-law, Carmelia (neé Sinicropi) Hofert.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Farrell-Holland Gale-Funeral Home, 110 S. Seventh St., Oregon. Visitation also will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 308 E. Brayton Road, Mount Morris.

Memorial contributions are welcome and may be made to Serenity Hospice & Home, 1658 state Route 2, Oregon, IL 61061; or to the Good Samaritan Fund at Pinecrest Village, 408 S. McKendrie Ave., Mount Morris, IL 61054.  

Thank you to the staff and volunteers at Serenity Hospice and Home for their love, help and support.  

Visit www.farrellhollandgale.com to send condolences.