Janet R. Yerks, age 82, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Harmony River in Hutchinson.
Memorial Service will be Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 11:00 A.M. at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson with interment in Mission Township Cemetery, Mission Township, Crow Wing County, Minnesota at a later date.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Sat, June 1, 2019, from 9:30-11:00 A.M. at the chapel.
Janet Rosalene Yerks was born on February 15, 1937, at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was the daughter of William and Martha (Maunumaki) Korpela. Janet was baptized as an infant and confirmed in her faith as a youth, both at the Finnish Apostolic Church in Cokato, Minnesota. Janet received her education in Cokato and was a graduate of the Cokato High School with the class of 1955. She continued her education in Berkeley, California, attending college for one year.
On August 11, 1956, Janet was united in marriage to Marvin John Yerks at the Finnish Apostolic Church in Cokato. This marriage was blessed with five children, Debra, Daniel, David, Dale and Dean. Janet and Marvin resided in Hopkins, Minnesota and Merrifield, Minnesota. They shared 35 years of marriage, before Marvin passed away on June 16, 1992.
Janet and her husband, Marvin, co-owned and operated two resorts, Pipestone Point Resort in Kenora, Ontario, Canada and PineCrest Resort in Merrifield, Minnesota, where she was a member of Mission Township Fire Auxiliary. She later worked 15 years for Walmart and retired in 2007.
Janet loved resort life and had a passion for helping others appreciate the outdoors. She enjoyed fishing and traveling. Janet cherished her time spent with family and friends.
When Janet needed assistance with her daily care, she became a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson on June 12, 2015. She passed away there on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the age of 82 years. Blessed be her memory.
Janet is survived by her:
Children, Debra Crooks and her husband, Gary, of Hutchinson, MN,
Daniel Yerks and his wife, Shawn, of Brooklyn Center, MN,
David Yerks and his wife, Denise, of Fort Worth, TX,
Dean Yerks and his wife, Lisa, of Brooklyn Park, MN;
Daughter-in-Law, Carol Yerks of Haines City, FL;
Grandchildren, Stacie Yerks, Christopher Yerks and his wife, Samantha, Nicole Yerks, Cole Yerks, Hunter Yerks, and Blake Yerks;
Step-Grandchildren, Stephen Farmer, Maddy Hallum, Zackery Verrett, Mark Soligny, Tiffany Evans, Susie Warner;
Siblings, Betty Prosch of Buffalo, MN,
William Korpela, Jr. and his significant other, Lois Ehnert, of Hutchinson, MN;
many other relatives and friends.
Janet is preceded in death by her Parents, William and Martha Korpela; Husband, Marvin Yerks; Son, Dale Yerks; Sister, Mary Dorf, Brothers-In-Law, Emil Dorf, Jr. and Allen Prosch.