Janet Marie Gustafson
Janet Marie Gustafson
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Janet Marie Gustafson, 63, of Rochester, MN, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2023 at the Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna, MN.

Janet was born July 26, 1959 to Kermith and Elsie (Kemmner) Gustafson in Heron Lake, MN. She attended Kindergarten there until her parents moved back to the family farm in March 1965. She graduated from Fulda High School in Fulda, MN. Janet went on to attend nursing training in Mankato, MN. After nursing in Heron Lake and Windom, Janet found her calling working with adults with special needs. Her first of these jobs was at Prairie View in Slayton, MN for several years. She then moved to SE Minnesota and worked at REM in Zumbrota and Hiawatha Homes in Rochester and Oronoco. In 2014, Janet's health started failing and she began dialysis.

Janet was a very social and fun lady. She loved being with friends and family. She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards, dominoes, and croquet, as well as computer games.

She is preceded in death by her parents Kermith and Elsie, and her brother Roger.

She is survived by her siblings, David (Lynn) of Burleson, TX, Ken (Nancy) of Warsaw, MN, Crystal of Rochester, MN, Glenn (friend Kendra) of Fulda, MN, and Connie Staton (Dean) of Goodhue, MN; nieces and nephews Ryan (Claire) Gustafson, Curt (Whitney) Gustafson, Stacy Gustafson, Alex Gustafson, Kate (Jacob) Mireles, and Taryn (Taylor) Marsh; and 4 great nephews.

The family would like to thank the many doctors and nurses of Mayo Clinic St. Mary's and Methodist Hospitals in Rochester as well as her staff at DaVita Dialysis and Homestead Hospice of Owatonna.

The family asks that, if desired, memorials be made In Janet's memory to the American Kidney Foundation, Mayo Clinic, or a hospice facility of your choice.

We miss Janet more that words can say and all who knew her are mourning her absence and looking forward to the great reunion with Jesus Christ in heaven.

A private memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Gustafson family; to share a special memory or condolence, please visit


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T Theron on Feb 2, 2023

CandleMy deepest sympathy to you Crystal, and your family. 😪
The loss of a friend and sibling is so heart breaking 💔
Remember there is no time limit for grieving. 😔
* It's difficult when you
miss someone and they
aren't there..
But one thing to remember
is this: If you miss them,
it means you were lucky.
It means you had someone
truly special in your life,
someone worth missing.

Sending hugs, and healing prayers 🙏🏻
Theron 😪🫶

S Sheila on Feb 1, 2023

I am so sorry for the loss of your sister, Auntie, friend. Janet and I met at Prairie View where we became close friends. I have so many wonderful memories with Janet aka JG aka Lady in Red and am forever grateful having Janet a part of my life. This amazing, loving, and compassionate woman will be so deeply missed. So much love and prayers are sent to Janet’s family and friends.

C Carolyn Hildebrandt Chester on Feb 1, 2023

To you all! Janet resembles your Mom alot. Hold onto all the memories you have with your sister. She now is reunited with your Mom & Dad & Roger. God bless all of you knowing that she is pain free & is in God's care. RIP Dear Janet.

C Crystal Gustafson on Jan 31, 2023

C Connie Staton on Jan 31, 2023

C Connie Staton on Jan 31, 2023

C Connie Staton on Jan 31, 2023

C Connie Staton on Jan 31, 2023

C Connie Staton on Jan 31, 2023

C Connie Staton on Jan 31, 2023

C Connie Staton on Jan 31, 2023

C Connie Staton on Jan 31, 2023

C Connie Staton on Jan 31, 2023

C Connie Staton on Jan 31, 2023

C Connie Staton on Jan 31, 2023

C Connie Staton on Jan 31, 2023

C Connie Staton on Jan 31, 2023

E Ed and Bardene Peter and family on Jan 31, 2023

CandleOur thoughts and prayers continue to be with her entire family! What a huge loss to everyone. "To know her was to love her"! She had a heart of gold and brought sunshine into all those lives she touched over the years. Gone but never forgotten and all those great memories will live on forever. She is now with our Saviour and Lord, not more pain or suffering! Fly high JG!

E on Jan 31, 2023

My sincere sympathy, Stacy. She sounds like you said. Truly amazing and loved. My thoughts are with you

c cathy vonk on Jan 31, 2023

CandleSo sad to hear of Janet's passing (one special lady), sending sympathy to all!



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