Janette Brungardt, 74, of rural Tecumseh, also known as The Village Gardner, passed away at her home, Sunday, December 8, 2019.
She was born to Daniel and Rosemary (Wassenberg) Brungardt on December 28, 1944 in Marysville, Kansas. At nearly three quarters of a century, Janette Brungardt has relinquished her spot on this earth for the heavenly flowerbeds above, where she will use her well known skills of all that is flora and fauna, with a strong emphasis in hybrid Irises.
There are some assignments that just can not be refused, no matter how much one would have liked to stay behind, with the ones she loved so dearly. This new assignment gives her back a healthy body, devoid of pain, weakness and suffering. This new assignment gives her the ability to get back to her multitude of talents, be it quilting, painting, remodeling houses or simply spending the day spoiling her animals she stopped by Rainbow Bridge to pick up. This new destination has promised to return her many of award and prize winning passions, where she can once again enter and win photography contests, art competitions, technical writing, programming and high standing award merits, just as she had done during her long career with IBM Boulder and finally at IBM Kansas City.
She will have the opportunity to add to her the awards and recognition bestowed on her from her charity work as a Volunteer Event Lodging Director for Colorado Special Olympics and her work in helping impoverished families through The Sister Carmen Community Center in Colorado. Unfortunately, she will no longer be hands on in what she felt where her greatest awards-Her huge collection of "World's Greatest Mom" crayon colored certificates or multitude of "Greatest Ever Grandma" coffee mugs. Her most recent achievements include several My Little Pony awards noting that she is the "Bestest forever Great Grandma" and countless stuffed animals bestowed upon her for her outstanding work as simply "The Best Great Grandma in the World".
Janette wanted everyone to know that she was not afraid of this new journey, yet at times was "Weirded Out" by it. When she was finally ready to end her book here and begin her first chapter there, she did so peacefully and with grace- the grace many forgot she possessed due to her laid back and roll with it, country girl personality.
Those that know Janette well and her tendencies to be the one in control of situations will not be surprised to learn that she has left detailed instructions for the ones she had to leave behind- only brief moments of sadness are allowed, be happy, cheerful and kind to one another. Live life and take risks, but don't be stupid about it. From time to time have a beer for her, name a flower in your garden after her and finally never forget how much you meant to her, it wasn't always an easy life but each family and friend kept her fighting and made it all worth while up to the very end.
Janette is survived by the luckiest daughter in the world S. Chris (Brungardt) Hillman, her partner Joseph Thomas O'Roke, two grandchildren Carissa Jo (CJ) and Samual Dwight Hillman, her pride and joy great granddaughter Willow May Taylor, her sister Ann Louise (Brungardt) Shaughnessy, niece Lisa and nephew's Mike, Pat and Dan Shaughnessy along with their spouses and children and best friends, Linda Thompson, Sherry Huddleston and Frankie Grund.
Janette is preceded in death by her parents Daniel and Rosemary (Wassenberg) Brungardt, a sister Mary Christine Brungardt and best friends Jack Bell and Kris Rogge.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the Saint Gregory Catholic Church in Marysville, Kansas with Father Nathan Haverland officiating. Luncheon to follow immediately after in the church hall. The family would like to invite attendees to dress in colorful and comfortable attire if they would like, knowing how much Janette loved both.
Memorials may go to the family's choice for local cancer support groups.
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