Janet Rosalene Yerks, age 82, of Hutchinson, formerly of Hopkins and Merrifield, MN, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Harmony River in Hutchinson.
She was born Feb. 15, 1937, at the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, 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.
Janet received her education in Cokato, and was a graduate of the Cokato High School class of 1955. She continued her education in Berkeley, CA, attending college for one year.
Janet was united in marriage to Marvin John Yerks Aug. 11, 1956, 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, and Merrifield. They shared 35 years of marriage, before Marvin passed away June 16, 1992.
Janet and Marvin co-owned and operated two resorts, Pipestone Point Resort in Kenora, Ontario, Canada; and PineCrest Resort in Merrifield, where Janet 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, and specially cherished time spent with family and friends.
When she needed assistance with her daily care, Janet became a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson June 12, 2015.
She is survived by her children, Debra Crooks and her husband, Gary, of Hutchinson, Daniel Yerks and his wife, Shawn, of Brooklyn Center, David Yerks and his wife, Denise, of Fort Worth, TX, and Dean Yerks and his wife, Lisa, of Brooklyn Park; 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, and Susie Warner; siblings, Betty Prosch of Buffalo, and William Korpela, Jr. and his significant other, Lois Ehnert, of Hutchinson; and many other relatives and friends.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, William and Martha Korpela; husband Marvin Yerks; son Dale Yerks; sister Mary Dorf; and brothers-in-law Emil Dorf, Jr. and Allen Prosch.
A memorial service took place Saturday, June 1, at 11 a.m. at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson, with interment in Mission Township Cemetery, Mission Township, Crow Wing County, at a later date. The Rev. Kelly Heide officiated at the service. Organist was Bev Wangerin, and soloists were Patti Cogley and Bobbi Ludewig, who performed “The Old Rugged Cross,” and “In the Garden.” “On Eagle’s Wings” was the congregational hymn.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.