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Janet Young

Janet Kathleen Anne Young

Saturday, December 9th, 1939 - Saturday, March 21st, 2020
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Janet K.A. Young
It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Janet K.A. Young on March 21, 2020, at LaVerendrye Hospital, Fort Frances, Ontario. She was born December 9, 1939, in Emo, Ontario.

Janet grew up in the rural area of Emo. She was the youngest of 4 children growing up in a loving Christian home. She was born at a time when the depression was coming to an end, but war was looming. She often joked that although not planned for (her father had gone blind only a short time before she was born), she was a child who was welcomed and who brought a lot of joy to her parents and older siblings. It was Janet’s intention to become a nurse for her vocation, but when she met a tall dark man who had travelled to Emo all the way from Newfoundland, she fell in love and changed her career. Becoming a teacher was a path that she could attain directly out of high school in a 6-week course allowing her to be a wife and an educator. She was united in marriage to Roy B. Young, the love of her life, June 25, 1958, and they celebrated their 61st anniversary shortly before Roy’s passing in 2019.

Janet embraced her teaching career. She started at the age of 18 in 1958, in a one room schoolhouse with 8 grades. She often said that after the first day she was quitting and never going back. However, Roy, was able to convince her to give it another “shot” and she did. In 1994 after 36 years of teaching, Janet retired from the career she never intended to have.
During her time as a teacher, Janet was involved in various aspects of the vocation. She was part of teacher’s federation in various roles and was extremely rigorous in the music program in any school she taught at. Her greatest passions were preparing a variety of choirs for concerts, performances and the district festival. In addition to her teaching career, Janet was active in her church in many different capacities as well as becoming involved in several other organizations throughout the community. She sat for four years as a member of the Riverside Hospital Board, always advocating for the hospital in her hometown as well as was an active member for palliative care in the district. Until 2019 when she moved to Fort Frances, Janet was also instrumental in organizing and implementing a church-based service in the Emo hospital, providing spiritual and social interactions for its residents.

Janet was known for her great sense of hospitality. The table at her home was always full of more than enough food for anyone who came by. Many staff parties were in Janet and Roy’s home and were always looked forward to. Janet’s philosophy was a full stomach made for happy people. There was always room for one more. Much of Janet's enjoyment came from spending time with the family, dining out, relaxing on the patio, and traveling. She enjoyed sharing her talents with her daughters and in later years, her grandchildren became the apples of her eye. Sharing her love of cooking, puzzles and music with them were examples of Janet’s patience and love. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt who found her greatest joy in her family.

Janet was predeceased by her husband Roy in July 2019, mother and father Maude and Bill Cooke; her mother and father-in-law Ettie and Gordon Jenkins; brother Berneth; sisters Leona Johnston (Bill), Darlene Draper (Sheldon); and grandson, Timothy Jewell.

Janet is survived by her daughters, Michelle (Gary) Somerfield and Jodi (Cory) Jewell; grandchildren, Aidan and Peyton Somerfield; Emilie and Seth Jewell and Bailey (Ryan) and Jordin( Lindsay) Jewell; sister-in-law, Velma Cooke, sisters-in-law: Patsy Jenkins, Sandra Luscombe (Tom), Josephine(Grayson) Jenkins, Peggy (Harold) Sceviour , as well as many nieces and nephews that are dearly loved.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Northridge Funeral Home, Emo, Ontario at 1:00 p.m. with Interment in the Emo Cemetery directly following. In lieu of flowers, charitable memorial gifts may be made to the Cancer Society, the CNIB, the Emo Hospital, or a charity of your own choice, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, box 89, Emo, ON P0W 1E0.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 1:00pm
    Northridge Funeral Home Ltd
    6446 Hwy 11
    EMO, ON P0W 1E0
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    Covid guidelines set forth by the north west health unit will be followed.
    Pastor Diane Clifford
  • Interment

    Emo Cemetery



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Olive Friesen

Posted at 05:19pm
Your mother, Janet, was a special lady. I looked up to her and enjoyed her gifts: teaching and music and flowers and beauty are all ideas that define her for me. I appreciated how she supported and fought for her daughters and their dreams. Emo Fair allowed her to showcase her own treasures, and creations of her grandchildren. She and her sister, Darlene, made our family welcome at Calvary Baptist Church and passed on its rich history. She was gentle and gracious even when she suffered. We celebrate her life with you. OF

Bryan Redford

Posted at 05:41pm
I am sorry to hear of your Mom's passing and extend my condolences.
She impacted so many of us through her kindness, teaching and laughter.
I am forever grateful to have have learned from her both in the classroom and through her life example.
Bryan Redford

Jamie Bosma

Posted at 10:00pm
Dear Michelle and Jodi and families
I am so sorry for the loss of your loving mum. I loved when I would run into your mum and dad when I was at work. Such sweet and kind people and always a touch of home. May the Lord bless you and keep you in this difficult time. Even though we do not mourn as those who have no hope we surely do feel the sting of death.
Much love,
Christine and Jamie Bosma

Yvonne Barron

Posted at 11:20am
Dear Michelle, Jodi and families
Your Mom, Mother-in-law and Grandma was an amazing woman - she had admirable strength and determination but also deep compassion, a wry sense of humor and a very obvious love of each of you. We feel blessed to have known her. We grieve with you but never without hope because He is risen!
With sincere prayers for you, Doug and Yvonne B.


Posted at 03:19pm
Dear, Michelle, Jodi, and families,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. As I worked with Janet for many years,
I have some great memories of her.
My heartfelt condolences, Ann-Jane

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